Presbyterians of the Past

Chicora College for Women

Up until roughly the end of the nineteenth century, Presbyterian and Reformed denominations in the United States opened a number of educational institutions. In South Carolina, Chicora College was one of...

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George D. Armstrong, 1813-1899

Epidemics resulting from diseases transmitted by mosquitoes cause people to be fearful. One of the most fearsome of these diseases is yellow fever, also called Yellow Jack, which was transmitted by mosquitoes when they...

John Calvin & Plagues

Pestilence, disease, epidemics, and plagues were ever-present dangers in sixteenth-century Europe. Cunningham and Grell have observed “that in every year between 1494 and 1649 plague was killing its thousands and tens...

To Church on Time

As a Christian attending worship services over the years I have noticed a problem which is getting worse. While home due to illness one Lord’s Day, I watched the morning service of a prominent confessional...

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The current pandemic has surely caused many to reflect on life and how quickly things can change. In 2001, terrorists stole commercial aircraft and used them to kill nearly three-thousand Americans. Now, the United States and much of the world has nearly been brought to a standstill by something that can only be seen through a microscope. [posted 4/3/2020]

Please note that a sub category for Greenville has been added to the South Carolina category as accessed by the "Categories" button on the toolbar. [posted, Feburary 20, 2020]

The author appreciates the recent addition of his Presbyterians of the Past article, "The City of God, Augustine," on the Reformation 21 site as a shared post under the title, "The Struggle in the City." [posted, January 23, 2020]

Pastor Andrew Myers of Log College Press recently emailed me regarding a discrepancy concerning the year of birth for Moses D. Hoge. I originally had 1819, but after Andrew's comments and some additional digging the year has been changed to 1818. See the note at the end of the biography. If anyone has a nice, sharp picture of the inscription on M. D. Hoge's grave marker at Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, I would love to see a copy. [posted, January 2, 2020]

Reading the post, "Robert Mills, 1781-1855," posted December 6, 2019, prompted Jim in First Presbyterian Church, Augusta, to provide the link to digitized plans titled, "Plans for Augusta Church the State of Georgia." The link is at the end of the post. [Posted December 12, 2019]

While reading Nehemiah 9, I was impressed by how much Covenant theology is rooted in history. In the Old Covenant, God often spoke through his prophets, priests, and kings to remind his people of what he had done for them in the past. We get focused on what is happening now and what we desire for the future, but then we fail to remember God's faithfulness in the past. This memory lapse is aggravated by a culture that has limited historical interest, if any at all. You have probably heard the comment "History is just that, history!," or maybe Henry Ford's comment that "History is Bunk!" For Covenant theology history is essential. One aspect of the Old Covenant was the use of memorials in the book of Joshua, stones of remembrance. When individuals traveled by the memorial it turned their thoughts to what God had done at that point in the history of redemption for his people. It would be good to keep a Blessings Book similar to a diary, or a file in your smart-phone to record all God's unusual providences and goodness from the past. When times get tough, turn to your list of Covenant memorials to be reminded of God's Covenant faithfulness. We need to count our blessings, name them one by one, and we will be encouraged to see what God has done. The price of the Covenant was Christ's atoning death accomplished in redemptive history and it reminds us that what has gone before is essential for our present and future growth in sanctification, service, and eternal glory. [posted October 25, 2019]

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