Presbyterians of the Past

Robert E. Allen, 1857-1909

The Greenville Daily News in South Carolina reported on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 1909, that two rival pioneering aviators, Glenn H. Curtiss and Wilbur Wright, had competed in their aeroplanes over the city of New...

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Edwin Cater, 1813-1882

Edwin Cater was born in the scenic South Carolina Low Country in Beaufort County, November 1, 1813. He was orphaned at a young age, so the family of his uncle, Rev. Richard Cater, took him in and saw to his needs. Rev...

Shushan Wright, died 1890

Foreign missions began with the ministry of the twelve apostles and their colleagues. Whether it was Paul, Timothy, or Peter, the Gospel was a message to be taken to other lands. The New Testament provides several...

Lectures about Thornwell

In 2013, The Confessional Presbyterian dedicated its ninth issue to commemorating the bicentennial of James H. Thornwell’s birth (1812-1862). One of the articles, “Centennial Addresses Commemorating the Birth of the...

Christian Care of Creation

During a visit to the St. Louis Zoo while on vacation a few years ago, I enjoyed the presentation of two animal shows. There are many that do not care for zoos nor animal shows for a variety of reasons, but a zoo is a...

Notes & News

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]

Log College Press has released a new pamphlet in its series of publications providing wisdom from the past. The new title is The Mission of Parenting: Raising Children Who Love the Mission of God by Thomas Smyth (a brief biography of him is available on this site). The author was the minister of Second Presbyterian Church in Charleston, South Carolina, for nearly four decades. He begins his study with the importance of parental leadership teaching children about missions not only in word but also by example. Smyth's booklet could be used in a home schooling situation to help children understand the nature, purpose, and need for missions not only in terms of the work of adults but also the children themselves. Vacation Bible schools could use Smyth's thoughts to encourage missionary support since VBS usually takes a collection for missions. Check out Smyth's publication at [Posted November 18, 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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