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New Kid on the Block

In Uncategorized on 31/12/2011 at 15:55

I’m pleased to announce that the PCA Historical Center has begun hosting a new devotional presented in blog format, titled This Day in Presbyterian History.

The first entry, for January 1, has already posted and new entries will post each day, just after midnight.

Rev. David T. Myers, an honorably retired PCA pastor, has written most of the entries which will appear throughout 2012. Each post will focus on some aspect of Presbyterian history, cutting across the breadth of American Presbyterianism. In addition, there will be a daily guide to reading through the Scriptures, using the McCheyne calendar, as well as daily readings in the Westminster Standards.

I hope you will pay a visit to this new devotional site, and that you will find it worth revisiting through the year.



In Bookplates on 17/12/2011 at 21:11

Here’s a great quote that would be well suited for a bookplate:

“I have a peaceful study, as a refuge from the hurries and noise of the world around me; the venerable dead are waiting in my library to entertain me, and relieve me from the nonsense of surviving mortals.” — Samuel Davies

Another quote that I’m particularly fond of, reputedly by Ben Franklin:

“Only a fool loans books; half the books in my library were loaned.”

But apparently memory is a poor servant, or I heard wrong, for this site indicates the author of that quip was instead Anatole France:

Never lend books, for no one ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are books that other people have lent me.
– Anatole France

I think I like my version better. Anyway, all that by way of introduction and an excuse to present some bookplates from a few of the volumes in the research library at the PCA Historical Center: Read the rest of this entry »

Machen Remembers his Father

In J. Gresham Machen on 07/12/2011 at 11:28

Some time back I remember someone asking whether Machen’s father was in fact a Christian. Today, while working through our collection of pamphlets by Dr. J. Gresham Machen, I came across an offprint titled CHRISTIANITY IN CONFLICT (1932), and noted the following remembrances that Machen offers regarding his father.

[from “Christianity in Conflict,” as published in Contemporary American Theology, edited by Vergilius Ferm (New York: Round Table Press, 1932), pp. 246-247.]

My father was a lawyer, whose practice had been one of the best in the State of Maryland. But the success which he attained at the bar did not serve in the slightest to make him narrow in his interests. All his life he was a tremendous reader, and reading to him was never a task. I suppose it never occurred to him to read merely from a sense of duty; he read because he loved to read. He would probably have been greatly amused if anyone had called him a “scholar”; yet his knowledge of Latin and Greek and English and French literature (to say nothing of Italian, which he took up for the fun of it when he was well over eighty¬† and was thus in a period of life which in other men might be regarded as old age) would put our professional scholars to shame. Read the rest of this entry »