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Princeton Seminary, Class of 1919

In Benjamin B. Warfield, J. Gresham Machen, Princeton Theological Seminary, Robert Dick Wilson, Roy T. Brumbaugh on 23/04/2012 at 12:49

The Princeton Theological Seminary is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year. In addition to festivities at the Seminary itself, both Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and the Western Reformed Seminary have also observed the occasion with special lectures. Today, Dr. David Calhoun returned from his speaking engagement at Western Reformed and brought with him a memento of the occasion, a reproduction of the Princeton class photo for 1919. Our thanks to Dr. Calhoun for his donation of this interesting photo:

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Among the students, only Roy T. Brumbaugh is identified, with his photo circled.  Then along the bottom row you see pictured the faculty of Princeton in that year, beginning on the viewer’s left with Robert Dick Wilson, Geerhardus Vos, William Greene, J. Gresham Machen, Caspar Wistar Hodge, J. Ross Stevenson, William Park Armstrong, Charles R. Erdman, B.B. Warfield, John D. Davis, Frederick W. Loetscher (not identified in the photo above), and O. T. Allis.

The full list of 44 regular students graduating with the class of 1919 is as follows (can you put any names with faces?) :
Beltman, Henry
Blakely, Hunter Bryson, Jr.
Bowman, John Wick
Brumbaugh, Roy Talmadge
Carey, Thomas Derby
Cost, Harry Fulton
Davidson, Dwight Brooker
Dillener, Leroy Young
Doran, Hubert Frank
Edmunds, Horatio Spencer
Eells, Hastings
Gehman, John Luke
Glick, Curtis Morgan
Grier, Joseph Lee
Hamilton, Floyd Eugene [father of the PCA’s Rev. David E. Hamilton]
Hathaway, Francis Ogden
Helsman, Franklin Benjamin
Henderson, Lloyd Putnam
Howenstein, John Calvin
Jenkins, Finley DuBois
Kleffman, Albert Henry
Logan, Robert Lee
Lohr, Herbert Martin
McColloch, Harry Van
McKnight, William Quay
Murray, Thomas
Neely, Harry Campbell
Nesbitt, Ralph Beryl
Ness, John Harrison
Orwig, Samuel Earl
Pitzer, Robert Claiborne
Riefsnyder, Thomas Bancroft
Rule, Andrew Kerr
Schweitzer, Frederick
Thompson, Yancy Samuel
Underwood, Charles Alfred
Van Eaton, J. Plumer
Walenta, Paul Herman
Welker, Herman Clare
Williams, Thomas Arthur
Wilson, J. Christy
Yeatts, Earl Raymond
Yeh, James Yunlung

“Brains in the Pulpit”

In Pastoral Ministry, Roy T. Brumbaugh on 06/08/2011 at 15:40

As we approach the Lord’s day, here is a reminder for pastors, and an encouragement for congregations to support their pastors in the good, but difficult work of sermon preparation. At the time he wrote this, Rev. Brumbaugh was serving his second pastorate, in the pulpit of the Presbyterian church in Coatesville, PA.

“Brains in the Pulpit”
by Rev. Roy T. Brumbaugh
[The Presbyterian 96.6 (11 Feb. 1926): 8.] 

“WANTED—brains in the pulpit.” The caption caught my eye while reading the Christmas number of The Literary Digest. I found that President Butler was again on a rampage ; yet there may be some reason in his madness. Dean Inge, in a recent article, deplored “the inferior intellectual quality” of the clergy. Perhaps the “gloomy Dean” has something concrete on which to base his accusation.

Observation leads me to believe that not so many ministers really study. Usually not because they do not want to, but because they do not have time to. The ordinary minister cannot be a strong pastor and a strong preacher at the same time, and so following popular demand and ofttimes the line of least resistance he abandons study, and takes to the street.

An ordinary minister cannot handle the executive responsibilities of a good-sized congregation with the variety of programme demanded by the average church, plus community duties, and at the same time sound the depths of profound thought ; so, succumbing to the cry of the hour, he builds up a splendid ecclesiastical machine and participates actively in the secular interests of the community. Oh, they starve to death.

Pastoral visitation has its place, and many are called to specialize therein. The Church needs good executives, and God bless the man who is thus endowed ; but are not Christian ministers over-emphasizing these things to the neglect of constructive Bible instruction?

All ministers must do some pastoral work ; all must organize their parishes, at least after a fashion, yet the study is still the place where soul food is prepared and the spiritual life of the minister built-up. Read the rest of this entry »