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Mother and Child   2 comments

Nell Taylor and Probably Jack Taylor

Image Courtesy of Randolph Fleming Taylor

The mother is my grandmother, Nell Barrett Taylor.  This is definitely an image from the the 1940s.  Uncle Randy says that the baby is probably my father, John Dodson Taylor, III.  I, being inclined to take his word for this, posit that the image comes from late 1943 or early 1944.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

SEPTEMBER 28, 2013 COMMON ERA

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Christ and the Church   1 comment

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Matt. 16, 18

I.  Christ founded the church.  “I will build my church.”  It is as unique among the institutions in the world as he is unique among men.  He is working at this enterprise every day.

II.  “Upon this rock.”  Not uttered until Peter made this great confession–till he expressed faith in Christ as the Son of God.  Here we have:  On the Divine side Christ the Son of God.  No church without him.  On the human side faith in him.  Without faith there is no church.  So faith in Christ is the the “rock.”

III,  Its mission–to bear witness of Him and so lead men to believe on him and devote themselves to his service.

(a)  To call men to repentance and faith–into fellowship with him.

(b)  To administer the things of grace–the sacraments.  It lives to serve men, to help them work out their salvation.

IV.  It has not failed–has produced millions of Christian characters.

V.  Its future is secure.  He lives and “the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”  He carries on his work from age to age.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Posted September 28, 2013 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1914-1956, Matthew

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My Uncle and Father, Boy Scouts   Leave a comment

Scouts in Summerville, Georgia

My uncle Randy is to the left, my father (John D. Taylor, III) to the right

Image Courtesy of Randolph Fleming Taylor

Here is a photograph of my uncle and father standing in front of the Summerville Presbyterian Church prior to October 1959.  Why October 1959, you ask?  The architectural history of that structure provides that date.  I estimate the date of this photograph to be somewhere in the middle 1950s, based on my knowledge of birth dates.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

SEPTEMBER 28, 2013 COMMON ERA

2 Cor. 5, 14-17   1 comment

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I.  Love is the moving power in all Christian service.  Nothing else is sufficient to hold one true under the trials that come.

II.  “The love of Christ”–His love for us.  Who that has been drawn to Him can forget His great love?  What a magnet it is!

III.  His love in our hearts begets love for others, till we desire to share it with them.  It constrains us to seek to help others.

IV.  This love manifested by us wins others to Him.  Our disinterested love draws others as a magnet.

Hence to have this love reeling in our hearts is our great need and our sufficiency.

His love in our hearts constrains us to do His will to seek the lost.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

John D. Taylor, Jr., 1920s   Leave a comment

John D. Taylor, Jr., in College

Image Courtesy of Randolph Fleming Taylor

Here is an image of my grandfather, John Dodson Taylor, Jr., at The University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, in the late 1920s.

I have walked the North Campus of UGA and looked at the Law School buildings, some of which postdate his time in Athens.  Yet the oldest one would have been familiar to him.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

SEPTEMBER 28, 2013 COMMON ERA

Hebrews 6, 10 (American Revised Version)   1 comment

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:

The American Standard Version (1901) was one of the most influential of recent translations of the Bible.  I can think of two direct revisions (the Revised Standard Version and the New American Standard Bible) of it and one revision of the NASB and several of the RSV.  Also, The Living Bible was a paraphrase of the ASV.  This 1901 milestone of Bible translation also had an alternative title:  American Revised Version, for it was the U.S. counterpart to the British Revised Version of the 1880s.

Here ends the history lesson.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

SEPTEMBER 28, 2013 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT WENCESLAUS I, DUKE OF BOHEMIA

THE FEAST OF JOHN PAUL I, BISHOP OF ROME

THE FEAST OF SAINT LORENZO RUIZ, ROMAN CATHOLIC MARTYR

THE FEAST OF RICHARD ROLLE, WALTER HILTON, AND MARGERY KEMPE, ENGLISH MYSTICS

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I.  Man cannot by works merit salvation.  It can be experienced only through Jesus Christ.  When ye have done all, say:  We are unprofitable servants.

II.  Yet good works are enjoined upon us as a Christian duty, expressive of our love.

(1)  Good works spring from faith in His goodness and love.  He will accept our service.

(2)  Love is the motive that prompts our good endeavors.  The Christian wants to do good.  When good deeds are not, is not love lacking?  Motive gives character to the deed.

III.  God is not indifferent to our good deeds.  “He that giveth a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple shall not fail of a disciple’s reward.”

IV.  What an encouragement is here to noble deeds of service!  What more need He say to assure us?  Let us be faithful in well-doing even as “he went about doing good.”

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Nell Taylor in 1999 or 2000   Leave a comment

Nell Taylor 1999 or 2000 in Yard

Image Courtesy of Randolph Fleming Taylor

My grandmother was in her yard at Summerville, Georgia, at the time.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR