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Fri, Oct 30


Mid Cities Presbyterian Church

Defending the Faith

Dr. D.G. Hart on the life of J. Gresham Machen, and his work to preserve Old School Presbyterianism in response to Mainline and Evangelical Protestantism in America.

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Defending the Faith
Defending the Faith

Time & Location

Oct 30, 2020, 7:00 PM CDT – Oct 31, 2020, 12:00 PM CDT

Mid Cities Presbyterian Church , 1810 Brown Trail, Bedford, TX 76021, USA


About the Event

DFW Ref Con 2020: "Defending the Faith" with Dr. Darryl G. Hart

Reformation Weekend! Friday, October 30 and Saturday, October 31, 2020 (Reformation Day!)

Dr. Darryl Hart loves to speak on J. Gresham Machen! The experience of this early twentieth-century Princeton New Testament scholar culminated in the birth of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Dr. Hart will introduce us to the life of Dr. Machen, and survey his efforts to navigate the spectrum of American Protestantism in his work to preserve a true Presbyterian church in America. 

Event Schedule: 

7:00 PM, Friday, October 30

  • Machen and Old School Presbyterianism. An overview of Machen’s life, connecting him to nineteenth-century Presbyterian history.

9:30-10:30 AM, Saturday, October 31

  • Machen and Mainline Protestantism. Machen’s critique of Protestant liberalism and the controversy that led to the founding of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Followed by a thirty minute break for fellowship, and a chance to peruse the book table.

11:00 AM-12:00PM, Saturday, October 31

  • Machen and Evangelicalism. Ways Machen’s legacy influenced American Protestantism after his death in 1937.

This event will be live streamed, and may be watched on the homepage of our church website,

New Lecture Added! Dr. Hart will join us on Sunday morning, November 1st, and will be teaching in our adult Sunday School. He will address the thought-provoking question, "Are Orthodox Presbyterians Evangelical?" Sunday School starts 

This Year's Speaker

Dr. Darryl G. Hart is the Distinguished Associate Professor of History at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan. After earning his BA in film at Temple University, he earned his MAR in Church History at Westminster Theological Seminary, his MTS in US Religious History at Harvard, and his MA and Ph.D. in US History from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Hart is the definitive scholar on the life of J. Gresham Machen, authoring Defending the Faith: J. Gresham Machen and the Crisis of Conservative Protestantism in Modern America (2003), along with Between the Times: the Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Transition, 1945-1990 (2011), and Calvinism: A History (2013), among numerous other books on the history of the church, Reformed worship, Evangelicalism and politics. He is an elder at Hillsdale OPC

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