Archive for February 6, 2014

Tony the Turkey, 1980   1 comment

Tom the Turkey

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I made this (obviously close in time to Thanksgiving) at Waynesboro Elementary School, Waynesboro, Georgia, during my Second Grade year.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

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This is post #800 of this weblog.

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John 20, 31   1 comment

John 20

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:

The authorship of the Johannine Gospel is a matter of legitimate scholarly discussion and much uncertainty, despite certain traditions, actually.  I am comfortable with that situation.  My great-grandfather was wedded to certain traditions, as I am to my own set of them–frequently different traditions.

By the way, all of us–even those who protest vocally against tradition–affirm our favorite traditions.   Ironically, the lack of certain traditions becomes its own tradition.  I prefer to be intellectually honest about the matter and to avoid hypocrisy regarding this issue.  And I think that my great-grandfather was intellectually honest about his preferences among traditions also.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

FEBRUARY 6, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT MARCUS AURELIUS CLEMENS PRUDENTIUS, POET AND HYMN WRITER

THE FEAST OF GEORGE VI, KING OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND

THE FEAST OF SAINT VEDAST (VAAST), ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP OF ARRAS AND CAMBRAI

THE FEAST OF WILLIAM BOYCE AND JOHN ALCOCK, ANGLICAN COMPOSERS

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Jno. 20, 31

I.

The richest book.   John wrote late in life after much thought, giving us a spiritual gospel, deep insight into our Lord’s life.  Selected his material to this end.

II.

“That ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.”  Just to affirm it was not enough.  We need to discover it for ourselves.  “Flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto you, but my Father.”  Only belief that he is divine can explain him and his works.  Admit that and all is clear.

III.

“That believing ye might have life through him.”  This the great end to be desired.  “The end of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”  “Being justified by faith we have peace.”  “As many as received him to them gave he power to become the sons of God,” etc.  “The just shall live by faith.”  “That they might have life…abundantly.”  “This life is in his Son.”

IV.

How rich is this life!  Communion with God, the quickening and development of all our nobler powers of soul.

It uplifts the individual, the nations.  “On earth as in heaven.”  “Let this mind be in you.”  “We have the mind of Christ.”  “The end everlasting life.”

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Crosby Chapel United Methodist Church, Appling County, Georgia, 1988   Leave a comment

Crosby Chapel UMC

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From June 1982 to June 1985 my father, John D. Taylor, III, was pastor of the South Baxley Charge (Hopewell-Crosby Chapel).  He led an early service at Crosby Chapel then the 11:00 service at Hopewell each Sunday.  Usually I attended Sunday School at Hopewell, but sometimes I went to Crosby Chapel instead.  My most prominent memory of Crosby Chapel is that it sat on a lot adjacent to a pig sty, a fact which became obvious to one’s nose when the wind blew in a certain direction.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

The Blessedness of Believers   1 comment

Blessedness of Believers

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:

St. Thomas, Apostle, missionary, martyr, and honest doubter, is my favorite character in the Bible.  Make of that what you will, O reader.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

FEBRUARY 6, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT MARCUS AURELIUS CLEMENS PRUDENTIUS, POET AND HYMN WRITER

THE FEAST OF GEORGE VI, KING OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND

THE FEAST OF SAINT VEDAST (VAAST), ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP OF ARRAS AND CAMBRAI

THE FEAST OF WILLIAM BOYCE AND JOHN ALCOCK, ANGLICAN COMPOSERS

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Jno. 20, 29

I.

The disciples forgot that he said he would rise and were in despair.  “We had hoped it was he,” etc.  Thomas was stubborn in his doubts.  Jesus spoke directly to him.  Thomas saw and believed and made the great confession.  His soul was thrilled; doubt and despair gone, joy flooded his soul–a glorious experience!

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We are not disadvantaged by being in time removed from the days of his flesh.  By our spiritual senses we may believe and rejoice.  “Flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto you, but my Father.”  Spirit surpasses the natural man.

(a)  Jesus responds to faith.  He satisfies the deepest longings of the soul, becomes more real than he was to the disciples.  “I know whom I have believed.”  Did not our hearts burn within us?”

(b)  Dwells within our hearts–“temples of the Holy Ghost.”  He reproduces his life in us, “Christ liveth in me,”

(c)  We are the more favored than was Thomas–have the record of his life and teaching, what he has done through the ages by his Spirit through the church, testimonies of millions, especially of loved ones.

How sweet it is!  Doubt?  No; but enjoy his presence.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Prince and Callie the Cats   Leave a comment

Prince and Callie the Cats Hopewell

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Photographs taken inside the parsonage of the South Baxley Charge (Hopewell-Crosby Chapel), The United Methodist Church, Appling County, Georgia, where our family lived from June 1982 to June 1985

Callie the Cat Hopewell

Prince the Cat Hopewell

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Consecration   2 comments

Consecration

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Jno. 17, 19

I.

“Sanctify”–consecrate and devote myself that I thereby may purchase eternal redemption for them–see Jer. 12, 3.  The root idea is the consecration of persons and things to the service of God–opposed to what is common.  “For their sakes”–that they may receive the blessings that can be secured in no other way.  His teaching and religion aroused the hostility of the leaders of that day.  He faced it all and devoted himself to death to bring salvation to the people.

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I, a father, devote myself to the highest and best for the sake of my son, who must face the future.  What I can do to help him as he lives his life, I gladly undertake.  He must face a new day.

III.

As a churchman.  Without religion morals will disappear and the heart will find no stay.

The church alone has pious religion.  Hence I consecrate myself to God and the church to help carry on his work.

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As a citizen, I devote myself to righteousness and peace among the nations of the earth, that we may have a just and lasting peace.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Tiger the Cat, May 1983 (II)   Leave a comment

Tiger May 1983 II

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Photographs taken inside the parsonage of the South Baxley Charge (Hopewell-Crosby Chapel), The United Methodist Church, Appling County, Georgia

Tiger May 1983 IV

Tiger May 1983 V

Tiger May 1983 VI

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