Presbyterians of the Past

On Reformation 21

The following selection of articles by the author of Presbyterians of the Past is available as originally posted courtesy of the editors of Reformation 21, which is the blog of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals. The Alliance “offers a Reformed perspective on current issues, grounding readers in the Word of God as proclaimed through the centuries.” Just click the desired link for redirection to the post. The entries are listed chronologically, newest to oldest. The header image of a painting of the Westminster Assembly has been provided by Reformation Art.

“Thanksgiving: 400 Years Later” − This entry provides a historical study of how the holiday developed in the United States as considered in the light of the Pilgrims’ famous feast. November 18, 2021

“Pilgrims and Plymouth: 400 Years Later” − A historical study with apologetic thrust that defends the Pilgrims piety and faithfulness to the Bible and political constitutional government. October 19, 2020

“Such a Time as This” − Esther is a fascinating historical account of a remarkable providence and this article provides a summary of the narrative along with an application of its message. August 11, 2020

 “Lord, Have Mercy on Us” − Many of the infected during the Great Plague of London called on the greatness of God for relief, but the Sovereign has been pushed out of the picture for some by the science He created when it comes to Covid. May 15, 2020

“The Carpenter and the Cross,” − Was Jesus born the son of Joseph the carpenter just because the trade was as good as any, or was there purpose in God’s selection of a worker of wood to train his son with saws and planes? April 9, 2020

“The Struggle in the City” − This post provides consideration of Augustine’s, City of God and its importance for Christians today.  January 7, 2020

“J. A. Alexander 1809-1860” − A brief biography of a son of Archibald Alexander shows his remarkable intellectual abilities and prolific but short life. July 9, 2014

“William Bridge, A Lifting Up for the Downcast” − A perspective on depression that could have used a dose of empathy. March 10, 2014

“The Quest for Rest in Augustine’s Confessions” − The article presents Augustine’s search for rest in all the wrong places until he yielded to the call of the Spirit through Scripture. January 6, 2014

Printing and the Reformation–Without printing the Reformation would have taken on a different and more slowly distributed form. These two articles provide the historical development of movable type printing and show how Martin Luther used the new fangled device invented by Johann Gutenberg to become the hard-copy blogger of his era.

“The Importance of the Printing Press for the Protestant Reformation, Part One.” October 7, 2013

“The Importance of the Printing Press for the Protestant Reformation, Part Two.” October 14, 2013

If you would like to read a more concise presentation of the subject, see on Presbyterians of the Past the condensed version, “Reformation Day 2016, Protestants & Printing.”

“Harriett Beecher Stowe’s Theological Transition” − Known for her work to abolish slavery, Stowe was a prolific writer of fiction which she used to propound the New England Theology of Samuel Hopkins. September 13, 2013

Review, “Our Southern Zion: Old Columbia Seminary, 1828-1927,” by David B. Calhoun − This is a fine study of the seminary by an even finer man. November 5, 2012

“The Royal Wedding” − The article addresses the marriage of Prince William and Catherine Middleton and the historical development of the banns in the marriage ceremony during the Reformation and their use by the Church of England. May 21, 2011.


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