Presbyterians of the Past

Archive - December 2017

New Year 2018, Henry A. Boardman

One-hundred-fifty-two years ago on the occasion of the beginning of the year 1866, Rev. Henry A. Boardman, D.D., the minister of Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, delivered his sermon for the New...

The Lord’s Supper Reformed

One of the most important doctrinal changes made by Protestants involved reinterpretation of the Lord’s Suppper. The Latin hoc est corpus meum found in the Vulgate version of Matthew 26:26 translates into English...

William Richmond Smith, 1752-1820

William Richmond Smith was born May 10, 1752 in Pequea, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, to Rev. Robert Smith and his wife, Elizabeth Blair Smith. He was one of seven children, two of whom died in infancy, two became...

Incarnation, Archibald Alexander

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...

R. C. Sproul Remembered

I never conversed with nor met R.C. Sproul, but at one time in my life I read much of what he had written and listened to many of his lectures. Audios and videos from Ligonier—when it was in frigid Pennsylvania and not...

Samuel Stanhope Smith, 1751-1819

The image of Samuel Stanhope Smith shows him in his later years. Archibald Alexander described his impressions of Dr. Smith when they first met at an earlier time in his tenure at Princeton College. I had met Dr. Samuel...