Archive for January 1, 2014

Boy and Squirrel   Leave a comment

Boy and Squirrel

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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As I recall, Sally Taylor, my mother, made this for me in the 1970s, when we lived in Summerville, Georgia.  The covered backing is cardboard.  The item, although worth little monetarily, is priceless to me.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JANUARY 1, 2014 COMMON ERA

The Importance of Preserving Family History Documents   Leave a comment

A Friendly World I

Above:  Sermon Notes, Now Incomplete

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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This morning I began to devote considerable effort to updating this weblog with photographs and sermon outlines.  More pictures will follow.  For the record, I like to alternate a “words post” with a photographic one.

During one of my breaks I sorted through the stack of recently acquired George W. Barrett documents, deciding which ones to focus on transcribing next.  I chose the sermon notes based on the Acts of the Apostles, for I have started adding texts based on the Gospel of Luke.  Luke-Acts is a two-volume work, after all.  And I repaired some torn documents, mounted a few others on printer paper, and arranged pages according to whether or not I could determine they were from the 1938-1942 period or not.  I selected three folders for storing these documents safely.

One document I could transcribe partially yet not completely:

A Friendly World II

A Friendly World III

The missing left-hand corner makes all the difference.  Other pages have a missing word or two, which I can reconstruct accurately, at least in meaning.  But the document in the above photograph has too many gaps for that.

Another document has the sermon notes, but the title and Scripture citation(s) are lost:

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I plan to add these notes later.

I can, fortunately, reconstruct the missing information from the following document:

Citations Possible to Reconsturct Fully

I encourage you, O reader, to preserve your family history documents for subsequent generations.  Certain descendants will thank you.  We human beings, being as the grass, are here one day and gone the next.  But our stories and words ought not to become as if they had never happened.  That is my thought as I prepare to wind down this day of family history posting.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JANUARY 1, 2014 COMMON ERA

Kenneth Randolph Taylor, Quite Young   Leave a comment

Self as a Young Child

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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Here is an image of me from the 1970s, when I was a little tike.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JANUARY 1, 2014 COMMON ERA

Luke 22, 27b   1 comment

Luke 22 Sermon

Above:  Part of the Original Document

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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EDITOR’S COMMENTS:

My great-grandfather made a note to himself.  He prompted himself to use a sermon illustration about one Mrs. Taft saying something to one Bishop Beauchamp.  That style of prompt is nothing new or rare; I use it in my teaching notes.  I have, however, tried to understand who the people were and what Mrs. Taft said.  I have been partially successful:

  • Virginia-born William Benjamin Beauchamp (1869-1931), from 1922 a bishop in the Methodist Episcopal Church, South (1845-1939), promoted ecumenical and missionary work, especially ecumenical missionary work.  He was especially involved in Methodist missions in Europe.  For a time he presided over the North Georgia Conference and the South Georgia Conference, USA.  My great-grandfather, being an official of the North Georgia Conference, would have known Beauchamp and heard some of his stories.
  • “Mrs. Taft” was probably Anna Sinton Taft, wife of Charles Phelps Taft I (1843-1929), brother of President then Chief Justice William Howard Taft.  Beauchamp apparently had a speaking engagement in Cincinnati in 1925.

Yet I still have no idea what she said to Beauchamp, assuming that she is Mrs. Taft of the sermon illustration.  If anyone can replace my ignorance with the light of objectively correct facts, please do.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JANUARY 1, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF THE HOLY NAME OF JESUS

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…but I am among you as he that serveth.

–Luke 22:27b, Authorized Version

I.

[There will be] need for service as long as there are needs, as food, raiment, intellectual needs.  To help supply these is helpful service.  Let all be done in his name, as unto the Lord.

II.

Jesus came not to be ministered unto but to minister.  Hence the text.  He founded a kingdom to be characterized by service.  Everything else [is] to be subordinated to service–to duty–illustration = Mrs. Taft to Bp. Beauchamp.

III.

How the lives of men have been enriched by service–Abraham, Moses, David, Isaiah, Paul, [John] Wesley & multiplied thousands–mothers, teachers, young lives devoted to helpfulness.

There is no end to the story.

“Whose I am and whom I serve.”  When is there a higher life on this earth?

How great is the need today!  The church, yea, statesmen, are concerned about the world’s need.

Love can’t pass by on the other side now of all times.

May each of us have this vision and count it a joy to help.

His “well done” will be glory forever.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Sally Sue Bishop, One Year Old   Leave a comment

Mom September 1949 1 year old I

Images Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

These images come from September 1949, when my mother was one year old.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JANUARY 1, 2014 COMMON ERA

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Mom September 1949 1 year old II

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Mom September 1949 1 year old III

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Mom September 1949 1 year old IV

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Posted January 1, 2014 by neatnik2009 in Sally Bishop Taylor Stuckey

“This Do In Remembrance of Me.”   2 comments

This Do In Remembrance of Me

Above:  Part of the Original Document

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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Luke 22, 19

I.  

Our need of spiritual help.  We are helpless as we face life, hurt as we are by sin, til our souls are strengthened by grace.  “I can of mine own self do nothing.”  If Christ needed the Father’s help how much more do we?  We should always approach this Sacrament in this spirit–looking to Him.

II.

Jesus gave himself for us in sacrificial love.  He is our Passover.  Every privilege we have of seeking and finding grace we owe to him.  He is the Bread of life–only he can nourish the soul and build us up, making us good and strong.  What an unspeakable blessing is he to all who look to him.

III.

Let us trust him fully, praying that he will impart to us his grace–that he will today break to us the Bread of Life.

May we go from this service consciously strengthened, our love increased, our holy desires made stronger, our purposes to live for him settled and fixed, that in life we may fill the place he wills we should occupy.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

My Grandmother and My Father, Summer 1945   Leave a comment

Grandma and Dad Summer 1945

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

I retrieved this photograph, not in pristine condition, over a week ago.  I framed it today.

Here we see my grandmother, Nell Barrett Taylor, with my father, John Dodson Taylor, III, when he was one year old.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JANUARY 1, 2014 COMMON ERA

Not Rich Toward God   2 comments

Not Rich Toward God

Above:  The Beginning of the Original Document

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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Luke 12, 21

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Wealth can be a great blessing.  Rightly used it is a power for good.  But there is danger that one will set his heart on it and forget God and eternal values.

II.

The man in this parable set his heart on his holdings as if they were the power of security and happiness.  “What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits” (verse 17).  Selfishness blinded his eyes to his opportunities for doing good.  He could have done much good helping the needy.  His own soul would have been enlarged utterly–1 Tim. 6, 17-19.

No; he will conserve it; “eat, drink, and be merry.”  “Thou fool; this night shall thy soul be required of thee.”  He went into eternity among the poorest of the poor.  He took none of it with him!

III. 

“Not rich toward God.”

To be rich in love to God and man in high unselfish thinking and purpose and in service to others–these are the true riches.  Death cannot take it away.  We will take this wealth with us into eternity.  All may possess this treasure whether rich in this world’s goods or poor.

“Set your affections on things above and enjoy the true riches now & forever.”

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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

 

John D. Taylor, Jr., 1920s Undamaged

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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Over a week ago I retrieved some precious family photographs.  One was the image above.  That young man is my grandfather, John Dodson Taylor, Jr. (1905-1976).  I look at such photographs and wonder, as the subjects sat for them, what their hopes and dreams were.  What did they imagine their futures would hold?

John D. Taylor, Jr., 1920s Damaged

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

I have two copies of this photograph; both are in the same condition.  After I used the computer camera to obtain this image I placed each of those photographs inside a proper frame.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JANUARY 1, 2014 COMMON ERA

Luke 10, 2   1 comment

Luke 10 Sermon

Above:  The Beginning of the Original Document

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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Luke 10, 2

I.

“Harvest”–souls to be led to Christ.  Everyone a possibility.   Christ died for them all.  How he yearns over them!  “His harvest.”  I have meat to eat ye know not of.

II.

It is “great.”

(1)  Great to save our soul.  God values each one above rubies.  “If this Academy shall save but one boy that will be ample return for all it cost.”  “Mr. Mann, were you not a bit extravagant in that statement?”  He:  “No, not if it were my boy.”  Shall save a soul from death and hide a multitude of sins!

(2)  Great in numbers.  Near a billion souls have not the name of Jesus.  Let none forget this!!  “Christians have the world on their hands.”  Do we realize this?–a staggering thought.  Will we rally all our forces for the mighty task and gather his great harvest for him?  Have we not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?

III.

“Pray the Lord of the harvest.”  We or ourselves are not equal to the task.  The call of the hour is enough to send us to our knees daily.  Your place to serve God is right where you are.  If God has other work for you he will open the way.  Now is the time for all of us to keep busy for him.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT