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Reflections by James W. Alexander

January 2nd, 2019, at 1:00 pm

The following excerpts are from the two volume set, The American Mechanic and Working Man, 1847, by James W. Alexander. Alexander originally published the selections in a newspaper series. Note that he uses “working man” to designate “the artisan, the mechanic, the operative, or the laborer; all, in a word, who work with their hands” […]

Thoughts for the New Year, 2019

December 25th, 2018, at 1:00 pm

As the new year 2019 approaches this post includes three brief pieces located in Sterling’s Southern Orator Containing Standard Lectures in Prose and Poetry for Declamation and Recitation in Schools and Colleges, 1867. The authors of the selections are Stuart Robinson, J. H. Thornwell, and the last piece is by the most prolific author of all […]

Incarnation of Christ, W. S. Plumer

December 15th, 2018, at 1:00 pm

The following text is a chapter titled, “The Incarnation of Christ,” transcribed from William S. Plumer’s The Rock of Our Salvation: A Treatise Respecting the Natures, Person, Offices, Work, Sufferings, and Glory of Jesus Christ, as published by the American Tract Society in 1867. Dr. Plumer was a profuse writer and many of his works […]

Thanksgiving, 2018

November 21st, 2018, at 1:00 pm

In celebration of Thanksgiving 2018 readers are referred to the posts for 2016, “Thanksgiving, William Bradford, 1590-1657,” and 2017, “The First Thanksgiving, Edward Winslow, 1621.”  Neither post has taken into account the CSPAN3 episode of History TV in which it is contended that the first English giving of thanks actually took place in Berkeley, Virginia […]

If you have not read the previous articles in this series you may want to do so by visiting the first post, “J. Gresham Machen, France 1918, Part 1″ and then continue through the sequence of articles using the link at the end of each article. At eleven in the morning of the eleventh day and eleventh […]

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15 Paul’s instruction to Timothy should be familiar because it is a key text concerning the importance of education for ministers. It is likely that Presbyterian ministers […]

In the summer of 1843, seminary professor Archibald Alexander made a lengthy trip by train from his residence on the campus of Princeton Theological Seminary to his place of birth in Lexington, Virginia. Alexander was a son of the Shenandoah Valley who spent many years of his life in Philadelphia and Princeton, New Jersey. His journey was […]

The first line of the Westminster Confession of Faith mentions the insufficiency of the light of nature for teaching the necessity of salvation through Christ as it begins its summary of the doctrine of Scripture. Although the light of Nature, and the works of Creation and Providence do so far manifest the Goodness, Wisdom, and […]

If you have not read the previous articles of this series you may want to do so by visiting the first part,  “J. Gresham Machen, France 1918, and then continue through the series by using the link at the end of each article. Having relocated to Paris following his escape from the advancing Germans at the […]

Presbyterians in the American Colonies and then the United States not only delivered God’s Word from pulpits to worshipping congregations but also operated schools for children where they taught from masters’ desks. Ministers often prepared young adults for college, or in lieu of college tutored them in college subjects, and long before there were seminaries […]

If you have not read the previous articles of this series you may want to do so by visiting the first part,  “J. Gresham Machen, France 1918,” and then continuing through the succeeding parts using the links at their ends. After serving two-hundred-forty-nine cups of hot chocolate on Easter Sunday, the area around Machen’s hut was […]

From 1830 to the beginning of the First World War almost ninety percent of all German and German speaking emigrants found their new homes in the United States and during the nineteenth century alone more than five-million emigrated to the United States. Nineteenth-century German immigrants settled all over the nation, but the area from New […]