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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 […]

Church Design—Steeples

December 3rd, 2015, at 1:11 pm

The image is a drawing of Savannah, Georgia, circa 1870, which was composed by its artist while viewing the city to the south from Hutchinson Island. Almost in line with the mast near the stern of the ship with two masts on the left is a faint image of a slender, tiered, and tall structure, […]

During the early to middle decades of the nineteenth century there was likely not an issue of a western Presbyterian periodical that did not have at least one mention of the name, “Breckinridge.” The August 10, 1865 issue of the Western Presbyterian, shown in the picture, provides a good example of the many occurrences of […]

In this last posting of the series of articles remembering Reformation Day 2015 some brief comments regarding resources for study of the Reformation will be provided, a short definition of indulgences will be given, sacerdotal will be defined, some comments made regarding B. B. Warfield’s article “The Ninety-Five Theses in their Theological Significance,” and there will be […]

Keeping with the Protestant Reformation theme for the postings in October, T. C. Johnson’s book, John Calvin and The Genevan Reformation: A Sketch, Richmond, 1900, will be the subject of this antiquarian review. The book is available in PDF on Presbyterians of the Past and can be downloaded by clicking Download Now! However, before getting into […]

On Reformation Day, the posting of Martin Luther’s theses on the door of the castle church in Wittenberg is remembered as the event that launched the Protestant Reformation. Luther’s initial intention was to reform Catholicism and not replace it with another church; Luther’s work, at least in the early years, was submissively reforming rather than […]