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The recent release from Log College Press of Meditations on Preaching by Francis James Grimké (1850-1937) provides a collection of nearly two-hundred thoughts on the practice of pulpit ministry. Entries collected in the blazer-pocket-size book vary in length from as short as a few lines to about three pages, but most selections are two or […]

God’s Timeline, by Linda Finlayson

April 11th, 2018, at 1:00 pm

It has been said that the trouble with studying history is its literature is written by historians for historians. There are some fine exceptions to this observation, but a considerable portion of historical writing for adults, particularly church history titles, is composed for academics. The average person hoping to learn about an individual or a […]

Cornelius Washington Grafton (1846-1934) pastored the Union Church Presbyterian Church in Jefferson County, Mississippi for sixty-one years. He has recounted his life as a minister through two-thirds of his tenure in A Forty-Three Year Pastorate in a Country Church, which was originally published in 1916. The pamphlet has been reprinted by Log College Press which […]

The period beginning with Henry VIII and continuing through Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell is an engaging era of England’s history. Henry VIII’s quest for a male heir led to a break with the papacy and establishment of the Church of England, and when his Reformation-minded adolescent son Edward succeeded him, England was for a few […]

My first encounter with the work of Martin Bucer occurred through reading De Regno Christi (The Reign of Christ). The book was written for young King Edward VI of England to guide him through the use of Scripture to rule under the reign of Christ. Edward had been influenced in the direction of Protestantism through […]

As has been noted often on Presbyterians of the Past, this year is the five-hundredth anniversary of Martin Luther posting his theses regarding some of the practices of Roman Catholicism, but those of us with Presbyterian and Reformed interests seem to have turned it into another Calvin 500th birthday remembrance. The Lutheran and Reformed confessional […]

Church and Saloon—The caption for the picture as it was published in The Church on the Changing Frontier, says “No Room for Both. The Presbyterian Church at Melrose, Montana, and its next-door neighbor, a saloon.” One can imagine a scene in a Sergio Leone western with Clint Eastwood striding towards the saloon with spurs jingling […]

Scott M. Manetsch’s Calvin’s Company of Pastors: Pastoral Care and the Emerging Reformed Church, 1536-1609, Oxford, 2013, paper 2015, presents a lesser known aspect of John Calvin’s life and work. Calvin is not often described in a pastoral context by those who write about his life. For example, Robert Godfrey’s, John Calvin: Pilgrim and Pastor, […]

Several years ago while wandering through what is increasingly becoming harder to find, a bookstore, I ran across a copy of Susan Brigden’s, London and the Reformation. I would have loved to have purchased it but the sticker price was too high for my budget. Over the years I have checked for used copies online […]

The following review has no connection to Presbyterian and Reformed history. Presbyterians of the Past is publishing the review for its author and because of the influence Laura Ingalls Wilder’s novels have had upon successive generations beginning with their first editions. The books have been popular reading in Christian schools and homes and Pioneer Girl […]

The way God is to be worshipped has been historically and continues to be a subject of debate among Christians. The Israelites worshipped the golden calf as a representation of God while Moses was speaking with him; Aaron’s sons, Nadab and Abihu, were incinerated for offering “strange fire,” that is, improper worship; and in the […]

Mosquitoes and Missionaries

February 18th, 2016, at 4:08 pm

J. R. McNeill, Mosquito Empires: Ecology and War in the Greater Caribbean, 1620-1914, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010, 371 pages, paperback, bibliography. Mosquito Empires looks to be totally irrelevant to anything related to Presbyterian and Reformed or any church history at all. The author, J. R. McNeill, is University Professor in the History Department and […]