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My Grandmother, Painted By My Great-Grandmother   Leave a comment

Nell Barrett Taylor by her mother

Image Courtesy of Randolph Fleming Taylor

Here is a painting of my grandmother, Nell Barrett Taylor (1915-2001) by her mother, Nellie Seguin Fox Barrett (1876-1958).  My great-grandmother was a skilled painter.  Her work is the primary reason I have created a category for paintings by family members at this weblog.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

AUGUST 29, 2013 COMMON ERA

The Spirit Completing the Divine Revelation   1 comment

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Above:  Christ Taking Leave of the Apostles (1300s), by Duccio

(Image in the Public Domain)

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

I am glad that I have a rather large and comprehensive dictionary, for I find it essential in looking up words which my great-grandfather used but which have fallen out of common use over the course of a century or so.  Transcribing old documents is one way to learn antiquated yet good words.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

AUGUST 29, 2013 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF THE BEHEADING OF SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST

THE FEAST OF JOHN BUNYAN, PROTESTANT SPIRITUAL WRITER

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Jno. 16, 12-13

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Jesus feels tenderly towards his chosen representatives.  He now must tell them of his approaching death.  He would tell them more save for their deep sorrow.  He is ready to say it all but they can’t receive it.  He will not break their hearts.

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But he has dealt faithfully with them and all others and told them the germ of all they will ever know.  The rosebud will unfold and reveal its beauty now.

3.  

(A)  He will give them the Spirit of revelation who will bring it to their remembrance  of all that Jesus has said.

(B)  His function is to guide them into the whole truth–the fullness of the truth.  The Spirit is concerned not with secular knowledge which men may find out for themselves, but with spiritual truth.

(C)  He did this, superintending in the Epistles till the canon of Scripture was completed.  Now he helps understand what is written so that man has a “perfect law of liberty,” completely furnishing the man of God to every good work.

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Jesus is the Truth; is no temporizer.  He spoke freely and fully save when the heart-broken disciples could not receive it.  Who obeys his teaching builds on the rock, who does not builds on the sand.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Flowers Painted By Nellie Seguin Fox Barrett   Leave a comment

Flowers--Nellie Seguin Fox Barrett

Image Courtesy of Randolph Fleming Taylor

My great-grandmother, Nellie Sequin Fox Barrett (1876-1958) was a talented artist.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

AUGUST 29, 2013 COMMON ERA

Repentance   2 comments

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Above:  The Tower of Siloam, by James Tissot

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Luke 13, 5

A fundamental doctrine.  John and Christ and the Apostles preached it.

1.  Who must repent?  All who have sinned.  “All have sinned.”  Hence all must repent and turn to God.

2.  What is repentance?

(1)  Must be conviction of sin or man can’t repent.

(2)  Confession of sin–all must be confessed–nothing hidden.  Else one’s repentance is not genuine.  It is sin that disposes one to cover up his faults.

(3)  Forsaking of sin.  Pluck out right eye, cut off right-hand–hold on to nothing wrong.

(4)  Restitution of injuries if possible and forgiveness of others who may have wronged one.  Get right with man and God.

(5)  Then trust Jesus to pardon all and he will forgive most wonderfully and freely.

3.  But all must repent, or perish eternally.  If man holds on to sin it will ruin him eternally–Prov. 1, 31.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

A Painting By Margaret Elizabeth Barrett   Leave a comment

Painting by Margaret Barrett

Uncle Randy sent this photograph of a painting by Margaret Elizabeth Barrett Bartlett (1918-2007), one his aunts and one of my great-aunts.  Our family is replete with artistic talent–literary and visual.  Margaret seems to have taken after her mother, Nellie Seguin Fox Barrett (1876-1958) artistically, as this post attests.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

AUGUST 29, 2013 COMMON ERA

Heaven   1 comment

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Above:  Christ Taking Leave of the Apostles (1300s), by Duccio

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Jno. 14, 2-3

1.  Its certainty.  “I will receive you unto myself.”  “These shall go into everlasting life.”  “I will that they be with me where I am.”

2.  Its inhabitants–the angels and the good of all ages whose robes are white by the blood of the lamb.  They are there–all there–a mighty throng.

3.  It is a place; also a state of happiness.  Nothing to destroy its peace.

(a)  Its inhabitants are delivered from all ills of the body and spirit.  Sickness never comes and temptations do not annoy.  God shall dry every tear.

(b)  They are blessed with the smile of his loving approval, and they need no light of the sun, for he is the light of the city eternal.

(c)  They meet again with those they have loved and lost awhile and meet to part no more.  “With sons on our lips and with harps in our hands,/To meet one another again.”

4.  We are safe at home forever.  Shall go out no more but will enjoy eternal, unending bliss.  One day shall pay for all we suffer here.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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Nell Barrett Taylor in 1990   2 comments

Mom in Sville News 1990 with part of article

Uncle Randy sent this scan of part of a 1990 Summerville News article featuring my grandmother, Nell Barrett Taylor.  Here and elsewhere (most Facebook of late) I have read moving accounts of my grandmother’s positive influence on many lives.  Many students benefited much just from her official duties as a teacher.  She helped at least one former student on her own time at home with a college paper.  And then there were her musical contributions to Summerville Presbyterian Church as a musician.  Hers is a fine legacy.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

AUGUST 29, 2013 COMMON ERA

Leprosy Healed   1 comment

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Above:  Christ Cleansing a Leper (1864), by Jean-Marie Melchior Doze

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

1.  Leprosy, in the Bible, according to reliable sources (including a dermatologist in my congregation), was not Hansen’s Disease.  In the biblical context, however, it did carry social stigma and lead to isolation, regardless of the technical term we might apply to any biblical leper’s condition in 2013.  The psychological effects of such enforced isolation must have been devastating.

2.  There is a cure for Hansen’s Disease in 2013.  There was not one, however, when my great-grandfather wrote this sermon outline over a century ago.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

AUGUST 29, 2013 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF THE BEHEADING OF SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST

THE FEAST OF JOHN BUNYAN, PROTESTANT SPIRITUAL WRITER

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Mark 1, 40-42

1.  There are some 500,000 lepers in India.  There have been lepers since Moses’ day and before.  Man has no remedy for it.  The Rabbis treated the worse than brutes.  No one was to salute a leper.  But Christ was kind to them.  This one begged for help.  Jesus honored his faith, touched and healed him.

2.  It was even considered a type of sin.

(1)  It had a small beginning.  A little spot turned white, scaled off, and was raw flesh.  So sin begins with a mere trifle.  Satan dares not tempt one to a great sin at first.

(2)  Leprosy spread surely, often rapidly, especially in maturer years, till death gave relief.  Sin contaminates the whole moral nature and preys upon the vitals of character.

(3)  This dread disease was transmitted to one’s children.  Even so, the sinful nature is imparted to the children.  Most inebriates are children of alcoholic parents.

(4)  Man could not cure it, only God could.–2 Kings 5, 7.

To forgive and deliver from sin is God’s work; no one else can.

But Jesus can save to the uttermost.  His blood can make the foulest clean, can and does cleanse from all sin.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

My Grandfather and My Uncle   Leave a comment

Dad and Randy and Randys Plane

Uncle Randy sent this photograph of him (at his airplane) with his father (my grandfather), John Dodson Taylor, Jr., who was about to fly with him.  My grandfather died in 1976, having spent a few years in a nursing home.  So guess that this photograph comes from the late 1960s–certainly no later than the early 1970s.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

AUGUST 29, 2013 COMMON ERA

Regeneration   9 comments

John 3, 7

1.  This is an important doctrine.  One’s ideas here will influence all his other views.  Its relation to experience is of great moment.  Be correct in opinion and experience of it.

2.  The ground of the doctrine is that scripture reveals man as a sinner.  His sinful nature necessitates the experience.  All have sinned.  Gen. 6, 5 & 8, 21; Ps. 5, 15 & 58, 3; Jer. 17, 9; Isa. 1, 5-6; Rom. 3, 23.  That Christ died for all Paul uses to prove that all have sinned.  Else why should Christ die for all?

3.  What is regeneration?

Not mere reformation, or good resolutions.  “To cause to be born anew, to bring forth again.”  The change in man (Gal. 5, 6-6:15) wrought by the Holy Spirit dethroning sin and enthroning Christ.  A complete moral change (see Ezek. 36, 25-27).  Depravity and uncleanness acquired by transgressions necessitate “the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit.”

4.  How is it received?  By faith.  God’s grace is conditional; He does not impose it upon those who do not want it.  “Ask and receive,” but ask in faith.  Man’s first step in sin was through unbelief.  His last step in finding mercy is faith.  The terms are simple and so easy [that] anyone can meet them and be saved.  Are you thus saved from your sins?

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT