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Incarnation, Archibald Alexander

December 18th, 2017, at 2:00 am

Because of this season in which churches remember the birth of Jesus in a variety of ways, a sermon by a Presbyterian of the past on the incarnation of the Son of God has been chosen for posting. The sermon uses for its text Luke 2:13, 14. It has been transcribed from pages 76-90 of […]

In the colonial days of America congregations sometimes met outdoors for services because they did not have a building for worship. A group interested in having a church in their settlement gathered in the shade of a large tree or under the canopy of a forest or orchard. In at least one case a group […]

Communion tokens became prominent in Reformed churches at least partially due to John Calvin advocating their use. In a letter to Guillaume Farel written from Strasbourg, March 29, 1540, Calvin commented regarding the Lord’s Supper that “On Easter-day, when I gave out the invitation that we were to celebrate the Supper on next Lord’s day, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The way God is to be worshipped has been historically and continues to be a subject of debate among Christians. The Israelites worshipped the golden calf as a representation of God while Moses was speaking with him; Aaron’s sons, Nadab and Abihu, were incinerated for offering “strange fire,” that is, improper worship; and in the […]

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, […]

According to Noah Webster’s An American Dictionary of the English Language, “pew” was defined as “an enclosed seat in a church” that had been in the past “made square” by boxing them in with panels and providing a door for access. His dictionary goes on to add that in “modern churches in America” seating was […]

This is the first of a series of articles that will be posted occasionally on Presbyterians of the Past to provide information about the design of churches. It is hoped that these brief topical studies will be helpful to church building committees as they design their worship facilities. A key consideration for church design is the […]