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When I have occasion to visit churches while traveling, there are three churches I particularly enjoy worshipping in and wandering their properties because of their great histories, faithful preaching, and the historic appeal of their facilities.  One place of worship is the Independent Presbyterian Church, Savannah, Georgia, where the Word has been preached for over […]

On April 8, 1835, Bethel Presbytery organized its new church in Lancaster, South Carolina. The church needed a teaching shepherd, so elders who had seen James Thornwell examined for licensure encouraged the congregation to approve presenting him a call through presbytery. On June 12, 1835, after some soul-searching about his spiritual qualifications and calling to […]

Was George Gallup Right?

August 5th, 2016, at 1:00 pm

Recently, while taking on the daunting task of cleaning out my many files, paper ones not digital, I ran across a tanned and deteriorating clipping that I had glued right in the middle of a bright white sheet of typing paper and inserted in a folder titled, “Church Statistics.” The title of the brief piece […]

[The following article was originally posted on Presbyterians of the Past on August 17, 2015. In light of the recent discussion regarding the adoption of a logo by the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), the denomination’s members may be interested in reading about the difficulty Presbyterians of the past encountered when adopting a logo.] The Snake is Discarded Believe […]

Because of the current presidential and other federal elections, news is continually coming out of Washington, which is a city established early in the history of the United States. In 1790, the First Congress was debating and deciding issues such as buying land for what became the U. S. Military Academy at West Point, providing […]

As resources are added to the Internet daily, more and more publications, manuscripts, judicatory minutes, images, and other materials relevant to Presbyterian and Reformed history and theology are becoming available. Those who are interested in Presbyterians of the past have a considerable amount of material readily accessible via their fingertips dancing across the keys at […]

Church Design—Entrance Doors

April 8th, 2016, at 12:44 pm

The entrance doors of churches are utilitarian devices that provide privacy and security while allowing passage from the outside of the building to the inside and vice-versa. They can be made of wood, fiberglass, steel, glass, or another material. A door swings on some type of hinge mechanism and when shut it has a catch or […]

Student Woes of J. W. Alexander

April 1st, 2016, at 1:17 pm

Having passed the annual event known as “spring break” in the world of education, the challenges on the academic calendar that will soon come to pass require burning the midnight oil, but more likely in this day is consuming off-peak watts of electricity. Students have had their rest to prepare for the end of their […]

Over the course of the three centuries of American church history there have been many controversies, practices, curiosities, divisions, and struggles. The subject of this article is a practice that was quite common in many churches, but given the clear instruction of Scripture against it, one has to wonder how it continued to be used for […]

Is it a scowl of anger or grimace of pain that is on the face of Stuart Robinson? His appearance may very well be due to pain. When he was an infant, his nurse was tossing him in the air, as adults often do, and watching him giggle, as babies will do, but then she […]

T. V. Moore’s Poetry

January 29th, 2016, at 12:10 pm

Some of the written works of ministers and theologians over the years have included poems and hymns. The nature of verse challenged them to increase their understanding of the complexities and beauties of the English language; build their general vocabularies and increase their verbal inventory of synonyms, antonyms, and homonyms; and rethink how words can […]

It may seem unlikely, but Presbyterian seminary professor B. B. Warfield has at least one thing in common with America’s humorist, social commentator, and author, Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name, Mark Twain. The familiar quip, “The rumors of my death are greatly exaggerated,” has been quoted correctly and incorrectly by many […]