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Friday, March 17, 2017

Alexander Smellie ("Smiley") 1857-1923

Alexander Smellie (1857-1923) was an Original Secession Church minister and writer. Born at Stranraer, he graduated at Edinburgh, and after theological studies was ordained and inducted to Stranraer in 1880. During 1892-4 he edited the Sunday School Chronicle in London, but returned to Scotland to minister in Thurso (1894-1900) and Carluke (1900-23).

Smellie always had the vision of ‘a reunited Evangelical and Presbyterian Church of Scotland’, and retained cordial relations with those in other Churches. For some years he contributed weekly to the Sunday School Times of Philadelphia. He wrote biographies of R. M. M’Cheyne and Evan Hopkins, and a number of devotional works, but is chiefly remembered for his beautifully written Men of the Covenant, the 1924 edition of which was reproduced in 1975 by the Trust, and which has been translated into several languages.

[Slightly edited from the article on Smellie by J. D. Douglas in Dictionary of Scottish Church History and Theology.]

Life of Rev. Alexander Smellie, D.D. - 1923 - Morton, Robert, 1849-1932
Life of Rev. Alexander Smellie, D.D. (1857-1923), by Rev. Professor Robert Morton (1849-1932), extracted from The Original Secession Magazine, Vol 29, Nos. 7, 8, 9, 10, July-October 1923.

Men of the Covenant: The Story of the Scottish Church in the Years of the Persecution - 1903 - Smellie, Alexander, 1857-1923

Men of the Covenant, Volume 1 - 1908 - Smellie, Alexander, 1857-1923

Men of the Covenant, Volume 2 - 1908 - Smellie, Alexander, 1857-1923

Robert Murray McCheyne - 1913 - Smellie, Alexander, 1857-1923

In the Hour of Silence: A Book of Daily Meditations for a Year - 1899 - Smellie, Alexander, 1857-1923

In the Hour of Silence: A Book of Daily Meditations for a Year - 1906 - Smellie, Alexander, 1857-1923

In the Hour of Silence: A Book of Daily Meditations for a Year - 1923 - Smellie, Alexander, 1857-1923

Service and Inspiration - 1904 - Smellie, Alexander, 1857-1923

Why Keep the Sabbath? - 1902

Lift Up Your Heart, Four Addresses on Sanctification - 1915

Out of the Desert a Gift, A Book of Counsel and Company for the Sabbath Evening - 1917

The Well by the Way, A Second Book of Counsel and Company for the Sabbath Evening - 1918

Evan Henry Hopkins. A Memoir, Etc. [With Portraits.] - 1920

The Reformation in Its Literature - 1925

Saturday, January 7, 2017

James Isaac Good 1850-1924

James Isaac Good (1850-1924) was an American Reformed church clergyman and historian.  He was born at York, Pennsylvania.  he graduated at Lafayette College in 1872 and at Union Theological Seminary in 1875.  For thirty years (1875-1905) his pastorates were in Pennsylvania.  Later, he held a position at the Central theological Seminary (Dayton, Ohio), and was elected president of the General Synod of the Reformed Church in the United States.

He wrote:

History of the Swiss Reformed Church Since the Reformation - 1913
James Isaac Good, Reformed Church in the United States.

Johann Heinrich Heidegger 1633-1698

Johann Heinrich Heidegger (July 1, 1633 – July 18, 1698), Swiss theologian, was born at Bäretswil, in the Canton of Zürich.
HEIDEGGER, (John Henry,) a Swiss Protestant divine, born at Ursevellon, near Zurich, in 1633.  He was first a teacher of Hebrew and philosophy at Heidelberg, then of divinity and ecclesiastical history at Steinfurt, and last of morality and divinity at Zurich, where he died in 1698.
A New General Biographical Dictionary, Volume 8 - 1814 - page 249
Encyclopedia Britannica, Volumes 13-14 - 1911 - page 209
Major works:
De historia sacra patriarcharum exercitationes selectae (1667–1671)  Volume 1 Volume 2
Dissertatio de Peregrinationibus religiosis (1670)
De ratione studiorum, opuscula aurea, &c. (1670)

Historia papatus (1684; under the name Nicander von Hohenegg)
Manuductio in viam concordiae Protestantium ecclesiasticae (1686)
Tumulus concilii Tridentini (1690)
Exercitationes biblicae (1700), with a life of the author prefixed
Corpus theologiae Christianae (1700, edited by J. H. Schweizer)
Ethicae Christianae elementa (1711)
Life of J. H. Hottinger (1667)
Life of J. L. Fabricius (1698)
His autobiography appeared in 1698, under the title Historia vitae J. H. Heideggeri.
Free public domain works of Johann Heinrich Heidegger via Post-Reformation Digital Library (PRDL)
The Presbyterian and Reformed Review, Volume 6 (edited by Benjamin Breckinridge Warfield) - page 600 (The Period of the Rise of Scholastic Calvinism, mentions Hottinger and Heidegger)
History of the Swiss Reformed Church since the Reformation - 1913 - James Isaac Good - page 144 (See entry on Professor John Henry Heidegger; The Period of Scholastic Calvinism begins on page 131)

Saturday, December 17, 2016

James Renwick Willson 1780-1853

James R. Willson was a minister in the Reformed Presbyterian Church in American.

Biographical Sketch from William Buell Sprague's "Annals of the American Pulpit: Various Denominations, Volume IX" - 1869  See page 39 of the Reformed Presbyterian section.

Biographical Sketch from the author's book on the translation of Turrettin on the Atonement.

See the Covenanter web site for his biographical sketch and works here.
A Historical Sketch of Opinions on the Atonement - 1817
The Subjection of Kings and Nations to Messiah - 1820
Sermon on Civil Government - 1821
Essay on Tolerance - 1823
A Sermon, on the Glory and Security of the Church of God - 1825
The Sabbath. A Discourse on the Duty of Civil Government in Relation to the Sanctification of the Lord's Day - 1829
Prince Messiah's Claims to Dominion Over All Governments: and the Disregard of his Authority by the United States, in the Federal Constitution - 1832
Tokens of the Divine Displeasure, in the Late conflagrations in New-York, & Other Judgments, Illustrated - 1836
The Written Law, or the Law of God Revealed in the Scriptures, by Christ as Mediator - 1838
Reasons of Dissent from the Act of Synod Rescinding the Act, which Ordered the Congregations to Read the Lines in the Public Singing of the Praises of God - 1847
Public Covenanting - 1849
Covenant Renovation - 1849
Seasons of Covenanting - 1850

At Internet Archive
The Sabbath. A Discourse on the Duty of Civil Government, in Relation to the Sanctification of the Lord's Day - 1829

An Address on West India Emancipation: Delivered on the First of August, 1838, Before the Union Anti-Slavery Society of Philadelphia - 1838 (Copy 2)

Turrettin on the Atonement of Christ - 1859 (Translated by James Renwick Willson)
See pages ix-xii for a biographical sketch of Dr. Willson.
This publication is a part of a much larger volume originally published in Philadelphia in the year 1817, with the title: "A Historical Sketch of Opinions on the Atonement interspersed with Biographical Notices of the leading Doctors, and Outlines of the Sections of the Church, from the Incarnation of Christ unto the present Times: with Translation from Francis Turretin on the Atonement. By James R. Willson, A.M."

At Google Books

An Address, Delivered Before the Newburgh Library Association, on the First Anniversary.  December 29, 1836 - 1837

A Historical Sketch of Opinions on the Atonement, Interspersed with Biographical Notices of the Leading doctors, and Outlines of the Sections of the Church, From the Incarnation of Christ, to the present time; with Translations from Francis Turrettin, on The Atonement - 1817 (Copy 2)

Tokens of the Divine displeasure, in the late Conflagrations in New-York, and Other Judgments, Illustrated. - 1836

The Subjection of Kings and Nations to Messiah.  A Sermon, Preached on Monday, December 6, 1819, Immediately after the Dispensation of the Lord's Supper, in the Reformed Presbyterian Church, in the City of New-York. By James R. Wilson, A.M. Minister of the Reformed Presbyterian Congregation, Newburgh - 1820

An Address on West India Emancipation. Delivered on the First of August, 1838, Before the Union Anti-Slavery Society of Philadelphia, By James R. Willson, D.D. - 1830

Friday, December 16, 2016

Reformed Presbyterian History Archives

This web site is sponsored and funded by the History Committee of the Synod of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America (RPCNA).

In order to more efficiently and usefully use the downloading and search functions of records on this site, you should have access to a fast internet service (DSL or cable).  Dial up connections will not work well.  Files download as PDFs.

The mission of the History Committee of the RPCNA is to solicit, collect, arrange, describe, preserve and make available the historical record of the origin, development, programs, ministries, influence, liturgical practices, artifacts, photographs, and people of the RPCNA.  Examples of information collected are: institutional records of the denomination at its various levels; collect the personal papers and memorabilia of ministers and missionaries; provide facilities for the collections; provide reference services through the use of electronic archival files to those who desire to pursue their interest in the history of the RPCNA.

These RPCNA archives are located in a dedicated room at the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary, 7418 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15208.

Albany Quarterly 1832-1833
Reformed Presbyterian 1837-1862
Covenanter 1845-1862
Reformed Presbyterian and Covenanter 1863-1895
Our Banner 1874-1894
Reformed Presbyterian Standard 1899-1909
Christian Nation 1884-1928
Herald of Mission News 1887-1897
Olive Trees 1898-1927
The Hebrew Messenger 1902-1908
Covenanter Witness 1928-1989
Minutes of Synod 1809-2014
RP Ministers and History 1888-1993
Blue Banner Faith and Life (J.G. Vos)

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

The History Behind the Reformed Presbyterian Church, Evangelical Synod - 1974 (PDF)
By George P. Hutchinson (1938-2013)

Obituary at Princeton Alumni Weekly

Bibliographic citation: Hutchinson, George P., The History Behind the Reformed Presbyterian Church, Evangelical Synod. Cherry Hill, NJ: Mack Publishing Company, 1974. xxi, 448 p.; illustrations; 23 cm.]

Introduction by History of the Church Committeeix



Foreword by Paul Woolleyxv

Author's Prefacexvii
1.The Nature of Presbyterianism1

Historic Presbyterianism
One Infallible Authority
The Confession of Faith
Presbyterian Church Life
The Presbyterian Church
2.The Reformed Presbyterian Church in America23

The Covenanted Reformation
The Reformed Presbyterian Conscience
Reformed Presbyterianism in America
Reformation Principles Exhibited
The Covenanter Church

3.The Reformed Presbyterian Church, General Synod65

Optimism and Progress
Disruption and Recovery
Division and Decline
Change and Crisis
A Changed Church

4. The Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.109

Beginnings of Organization
Old Side -- New Side
The General Assembly
Old School -- New School
A Reunited Church

5.The Broadening Church in the U.S.A.153

Rise of Modernism
Reaction of Fundamentalism
The Princeton Tradition
Triumph of Indifferentism
The Broadened Church

6.The Presbyterian Separatist Movement195

Christianity and Liberalism
A New Reformation
A True Presbyterian Church
The Division of 1937
A Testifying Church

7.The Bible Presbyterian Church245

Bible Presbyterian Synod
Testimony of Separation
The Throes of Controversy
The Division of 1956
Conflict With Movementism

8. The Evangelical Presbyterian Church299

The Columbus Synod
Bible Presbyterian Agencies
Evangelical Presbyterian Concerns
An Evangelical Church
Evangelical Presbyterianism

9.The Reformed Presbyterian Church, Evangelical Synod353

A New Beginning
A Fresh Start
Lookout Mountain Wedding
The Evangelical Synod
Reformed Presbyterianism

10. 409

A Noble Vision
Bible Presbyterianism
Calvinistic Evangelicalism
Building the Church
A Burning Love

Select Bibliography for Further Reading437


Photographs between pages 212 and 213.

Monday, December 12, 2016

History of the Reformed Presbyterian Church in America: With Sketches of All Her Ministry, Congregations, Missions, Institutions, Publications, etc. and Embellished with Over Fifty Portraits and Engravings. - 1888
By William Melancthon Glasgow 1856-1909

William Melancthon Glasgow 1854-1909

A Great Historian & Biographer
When searching out pre-twentieth century Presbyterian biographies, there are three big names—three primary sources which cannot be overlooked. The unsurpassed efforts of William Buell Sprague would have to be mentioned first. Indeed, Sprague did not limit himself to Presbyterians, but gathered biographical entries covering all the major Protestant denominations and even included Unitarians in his nine volume set, Annals of the American Pulpit. (As a young man, Sprague came under the influence of a Unitarian teacher, but turned to orthodox Trinitarianism while attending Princeton Seminary).
Another resource is that of Alfred Nevin‘s Encyclopedia of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A., including the Northern and Southern Assemblies. This massive single volume was published in 1884 and tops out at 1229 pages. Where Sprague had solicited entries from pastors across the nation and acknowledges their contributions in each case, Nevin’s work gives the appearance of being his work alone, though it seems doubtful that a work of that extent could have been accomplished by just one man.
The third major resource brings us to another great biographer and the focus of our post today. William Melancthon Glasgow was born in Northwood, Logan county, Ohio, on July 1, 1856. If you will remember, this was the original location of Geneva College, and so not surprisingly this was where William received his college education, graduating there in 1880. After a few years of employment in Boston, he then prepared for the ministry at the Allegheny Theological Seminary (now known as the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary).
Glasgow’s first published work, Catalogue of the Alumni of Geneva College, appeared in the same year that he began his Seminary studies (1882). Another work, History of Geneva College followed quickly (1883), and his third book, The Provincial Churches, was published around the time he graduated in 1884. Clearly he was already evidencing his life’s interest in history and biography. I know of no other seminary student who has ever equalled his record of three volumes published while still in seminary.
Glasgow was licensed to preach by the (Reformed Presbyterian) Presbytery of Pittsburgh on April 9, 1884 and later ordained by the Philadelphia Presbytery (also RP) on November 26, 1885. He was installed as the pastor of the RP church in Baltimore, Maryland, and served that church until the early summer of 1889. His second pastorate was in Kansas City, Missouri, 1889-1893 and from that post he next answered a call to serve the RP church in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. In 1899, he transferred his credentials into the United Presbyterian Church of North America, in order to take a call to serve the UPCNA church in Wellsville, Ohio, from 1899 until his death in 1909, at the age of 51.
Rev. Glasgow authored two major works which are of inestimable value. The first of these, History of the Reformed Presbyterian Church in America, was published in 1888. That volume was republished in 2007 by Reformation Heritage Books. Glasgow’s other major biographical work was his Cyclopedic Manual of the United Presbyterian Church in North America, published in 1903. This work has never been republished, but is available in digital format. Where the former work offered more extensive biographies and histories of R.P. congregations, the latter U.P. work adopts a shorter notation style, similar in format to what is found today in the PCA Yearbook and the OPC Ministerial Register.
Words to Live By:
I’m convinced that the work of Christian biography and history falls very much within the Scriptural mandate to remember the Lord’s works [1 Chron. 16:9; Ps. 26:7; 28:5; 77:11; 78:7; 105:5; etc.] The history of the church is a history of what the Lord has done and is doing on this earth. Thus we can understand it as redemptive history, though clearly it is not authoritative or divinely inspired history, not in the way that Scripture is. We cannot look to church history or Christian biography to determine God’s will, for instance. But we can find profit from these accounts, and certainly these stories can prompt us to praise God.
Psalm 111:2-4 (KJV)
2. The works of the LORD are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.
3. His work is honourable and glorious; and his righteousness endureth forever.
4. He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered; the LORD is gracious and full of compassion.

Blog Comment: There is only one omission that I know of in Glasgow’s life. He left Wellsville, OH and the UPCNA to go to the Falls Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, where he served from 1904 until his death in 1909.
Biographical Sketch in "The Geneva Book" - page 296

Cyclopedic manual of the United Presbyterian Church of North America : comprising a brief history of her ancestral branches, ministry, congregations, institutions, courts, boards, missions, periodicals, etc., and embellished with the portraits of the moderators of the General Assembly since 1858 / (Pittsburgh : United Presbyterian Board of Publication, 1903)  At Internet Archive

The Geneva book, comprising a history of Geneva college and a biographical catalogue of the alumni and many students. [By] William Melancthon Glasgow ... (Philadelphia, Press of the Westbrook publishing co., 1908)  At Google Books

 History of the Reformed Presbyterian church in America: with sketches of all her ministry, congregations, missions, institutions, publications, etc., (Baltimore : Hill & Harvey, 1888)
At Internet Archive

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament 1887

Word Studies in the New Testament, Charles Scribner and Sons, New York, 1887.
    Volume 1 - 1887 (The Synoptic Gospels, Acts of the Apostles, Epistles of Peter, James, and Jude) (1900 Edition)
    Volume 2 - 1905 (The Writing of John: The Gospel, The Epistles, The Apocalypse) (1897 Edition  1889 Edition)
    Volume 3 - 1890 (The Epistles of Paul: Romans, Corinthians, Ephesians, Colossians, Philippians, Philemon) (1900 Edition)
    Volume 4 - 1900 (The Thessalonian Epistles, The Epistle to the Galatians, The Pastoral Epistles, The Epistle to the Hebrews) (1905 Edition)