Presbyterians of the Past

Andrew F. Dickson, 1825-1879

Andrew Flinn was born to Rev. John Augustus and Mary Augusta (Flinn) Dickson in Charleston, South Carolina, November 8, 1825. His mother was the daughter of the first pastor of Second Presbyterian Church...

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Jesus the Carpenter, & the Cross

Why was Jesus born the son of a carpenter to work as a carpenter (Mt 13:55; Mk 6:3)? Some would respond that before the Son of God entered his public ministry he needed to work, so carpentry provided a living, one as...

Recreation Among the Dictionaries

While reading an American newspaper published in the eighteen fifties, I ran across an advertisement for a lecture titled, “Recreation Among the Dictionaries.” The scheduled speaker was a minister and the locals were...

Matthew Henry, 1662-1714

Matthew Henry, 1662-1714 Matthew was born prematurely on October 18, 1662, at Broad Oak, Flintshire, to Katharine and Philip Henry (1631-1696). His mother was the only child of Daniel Matthews; his father was the...

N. L. Rice, 1807-1877

Nathan Lewis was born December 29, 1807 in Garrard County, Kentucky, to Gabriel and Phebe (Garrett) Rice. The family lived on a farm where the household struggled as did many rural families to make ends meet. Nathan...

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The crucifixion and resurrection of Christ are essential to the gospel. As the Apostle Paul tells us, "if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain" (1 Cor. 15:14). Readers of this site are encouraged to read Henry Kollock's sermon, "Resurrection of Christ," in the From the Archive window below this one. Two books that are beneficial for understanding the importance of the resurrection particularly in the teaching of Paul are The Centrality of the Resurrection and Resurrection and Redemption by Richard B. Gaffin, Jr. The author is professor emeritus of biblical and systematic theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. The first title appears to be out of print, please correct me if I am wrong, but the latter is available from P&R. A book not specifically emphasizing the resurrection that I have found helpful for understanding the life and ministry of Jesus is Geerhardus Vos's The Self Disclosure of Jesus. The Vos book addresses the question whether or not Jesus understood himself to be the Messiah, which was an aspect of the Lord's consciousness theological liberalism denied but Vos defended when the book was first published in 1926. The Vos book is available from P&R in a newer edition. The three book titles mentioned are not easy reading and are directed to readers with theological interests and background, but Kollock's sermon is more generally user friendly.

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Henry Kollock, 1778-1819

The home of Henry Kollock’s parents was in Elizabeth Town, New Jersey. However, Elizabeth Town was strategically located near Newark Bay and across from Staten Island both of which gave direct access via boat for the...

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