Chaplains

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Thursday April 6, 2017 marks the centennial of the United States entering the First World War during the administration of Presbyterian President Woodrow Wilson. Known in its era as The Great War, it had been raging since August 1914. The number of casualties already numbered in the millions when the Doughboys entered the trenches to fight. […]

D. X. Junkin, David X., was born January 8, 1808, to Joseph and Eleanor Cochran Junkin in Hope Mills near Mercer, Pennsylvania. He had considerable competition around the house because he and his minister brother George Junkin were two of fourteen children. David’s earliest education was provided by Rev. Thomas L. Anderson in his academy near […]

At Pearl Harbor 75 years ago on Sunday morning December 7, 1941, Capt. Thomas L. Kirkpatrick, Presbyterian, was the first chaplain of the United States military killed in World War II. Chaplain Kirkpatrick had been going about his Sunday duties while drinking coffee and chatting with the men in anticipation of the morning service he would […]

Presbyterians of the Past generally posts articles about people and subjects of the more distant past, but because the United States is celebrating its birthday and many men and women are away from hearth and home on foreign fields, it is appropriate to make an exception for a minister from recent history, Chaplain Bryan J. Weaver. He was a minister […]

There must be some difficult situations and decisions to be made when a minister of the church is employed by the government to be a chaplain. Such a calling would be similar to serving in a state church because the responsibilities of church and state become entangled. History bears witness to the fact that monarchs […]

Andrew Dinsmore Mitchell, son of David and Martha (Dinsmore) Mitchell, was born in York County, Pennsylvania, February 2, 1824. He received his preparatory education at Slate Ridge, Pennsylvania, mostly through the teaching of Rev. A. P. Happer and a local teacher, J. D. Scott. Andrew then entered Jefferson College in Pennsylvania where he graduated in […]

A review of Carl Trueman’s John Owen: Reformed Catholic, Renaissance Man, Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing, 2007, 132 pages, including index. Dr. Carl R. Trueman, Professor of Church History at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, and the author of an earlier title on Owen, The Claims of Truth: John Owen’s Trinitarian Theology, 1998, continues his work with the sometimes […]