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Abraham   1 comment

Abraham I

Abraham II

Above:  The Pages of the Original Document

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  1. The proper label for those who practice Islam is Muslims (alternatively, Moslems), of course.
  2. I make no apologies for the near-sacrifice of Isaac.  If my father had tried to sacrifice me….
  3. My opinion of Abraham is considerably more nuanced than my great-grandfather’s opinion of him.




Heb. 11, 8-10


The greatest man of antiquity, the father of those who believe in the one true God–Jews, Mohammedans, and Christians.  In a day of vague ideas of God he recognized the unity and personality of God.


Moral rather than intellectual greatness, exalted and pure faith, so profound that he obeyed God unhesitatingly.

(a)  A man of peace, magnanimous toward Lot–“let there be no strife,” etc.  Rescued Lot from his captors–brave.

(b)  Man of prayer–interceded for pardon, very humble and reverent about it.


Of great faith:

(1)  The birth of Isaac when he was an old man.  He believed God’s word regarding it.

(2)  The offering of Isaac, the supreme test of his faith.  How then could he be the father of a great and mighty nation?  But if God called he would obey:  he had nothing too good to devote to God.

(3)  The father of the faithful and “the friend of God.”

“By faith Abraham.”  By faith all may become great before God and be the friend of God.  May our faith prove equal to every emergency.

O for a faith that will not shrink,

Though pressed by every foe,

That will not tremble on the brink

Of any earthly woe!


That will not murmur nor complain

Beneath the chastening rod,

But in the hour of grief or pain,

Will lean upon its God.


A faith that shines more bright and clear

When tempests rage without;

That when in danger knows no fear,

In darkness knows no doubt.


Lord, give us such a faith as this;

And then, whate’er may come,

I’ll taste e’en now the hallowed bliss

Of an eternal home.


Christian Compassion   1 comment



With this post I complete the process of typing from the 1905-1913 volume of 271 sermon outlines.





Matt. 9, 36

Breathes there a man with heart so dead

Who never to himself hath said

As he views the needs of sinful men:

These are my brethren to whom I owe

The very best I can give to them?

1.  Our Lord was kindly disposed toward the children of men.  He had no disposition to pass by on the other side.  His eyes were constantly observing their customs, beholding their struggles, and appreciating their worth.  He saw man’s condition and knew his supreme need.  “He knew what was in man.”

2.  In every age the need is for a church that appreciates the needs of men, that knows and feels keenly the remedy for the ills of life.

Like her Lord the church must “see the multitudes.”

Is there need today?  Does man lack something, does he break down at any point in character, in life?  Has the world reached God’s ideal?

3.  Jesus’ heart responded to man’s woe.  Seeing men without a shepherd, scattered and preyed upon by the wolves of false teachers and unholy faiths, his heart was moved profoundly for them.  It was not in him to count the cost, to calculate, hesitate, and let men die.  Like a mother whose one all-absorbing thought is her sick child, he was all-concerned to save sinful man.

Here is the supreme need of the church–the passion of heart for the salvation of the world.  Only this spirit is sufficient for the task.  Without it the wings of one’s faith will tire, the heart fail, and the heroic in us perish.

With it the church will arise in her might–of which she is hardened by conscience–and soon take this world for Christ.


Posted August 31, 2013 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1905-1913 A-F, Matthew

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Crossbearing   1 comment


Above:  St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, Atlanta, Georgia, July 28, 2013

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta



Matt. 16, 24-27

1.  Jesus announces that each one who would follow Him must bear his own cross.

(a)  “Deny himself”–his own selfish will.

(b)  “And follow me,” the lowly one.


2.  Whosoever would save his (natural) life shall lose it (his spiritual life).  The former wars against the latter.  Something must be given up; which shall it be?  The soul’s life and its graces are what we pay for worldly enjoyment.  The price is too great.

3.  “What is a man profited if he shall gain the whole world and forfeit his life?  The soul is too dear a price to pay for the whole world, not to say a small portion.  For it all can’t redeem the soul.  Its redemption is indeed precious.

4.  “The Son of man” will come in judgment and reward every man according to his deeds.

To the crossbearers he will grant a crown of righteousness; to the crossspurners he will assign as their due shame and everlasting contempt.

Which will you do, bear the cross for Him or spurn it for self?


Posted August 31, 2013 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1905-1913 A-F, Matthew

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Dwelling With Christ in God   2 comments


Above:  Christ Taking Leave of the Apostles, by Duccio

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Jno. 14, 10

1.  Jesus is so typical that what he was in life we may seek to become.  He is universal man–our humanity.  Here, as elsewhere, he is our Example.

2.  There was utmost unity between himself and the Father.  “I am in the Father and the Father is in me.”  The Father found no resistance in his Son to His will–“Not my will but Thine be done.”  “I do always the things that please Him.”  (Jno. 8, 29)

3.  This God desires of us.  He [is] in us and we [are] in Him, that He may accomplish His work in us and through us.  “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”  “Yet not I but Christ liveth in me.”

Then for us to live is Christ indeed.

But  a full surrender of ourselves is necessary–of our wills and all we are must be–“crucified with Christ.”

Then we must faithfully follow His leading, doing His work, speaking His words.

4.  This is unity with Christ in God.  Now “for me to live is Christ.”  “He doeth the work” now.  All is his.


The Crisis in Galilee   1 comment


Above:  Saint Peter as Pope, by Peter Paul Rubens

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Jno. 6, 66-69

His teachings and miracles have gathered a great crowd.  He fed the multitude and they were about to crown Him king.  [The] next day in Capernaum, Jesus meets the crisis by the plain truth.

1.  Jesus does not accept superficial disciples.  Earthly motives unfit one for His service.  He repudiates selfishness.  Only those whose purposes are right are accepted.  He does not lower the standard for numbers.

2.  He turned to the twelve:  “Will ye also go away?”  What is your choice?  For that is your privilege.

3.  “To whom shall we go?”  Can we expect a deliverer and Saviour elsewhere?  Shall we seek a political Christ?  Shall we turn infidel?  Or shall we seek our peace in wealth and worldly pleasure?  Is there a ray of hope from some other quarter?  We must cling to Thee till some better help is found.

4.  “We have believed and know that Thou art the Christ, the Holy One of God.”  So we know [that] Thou only art our hope.

Happy the soul whose faith is thus founded.  It strengthens one for every vicissitude of life.  God helps us all to anchor now in this haven of rest.


The Easy Yoke He Gives   1 comment


Above:  Two Yoked Oxen, Between 1860 and 1900

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Matt. 11, 28-30

1.  A gracious Saviour & Deliverer.  His attitude toward all men is one of solicitude, inviting the world to come to Him.  As the Good Shepherd he is careful for the sheep.  What a lovely attitude is his.

2.  Man is in great straights.  He labors and is burdened with many sins, condemnation, fear, rebukes of conscience, bitter slavery to sin’s power.  But for the cross of Christ sin’s burdens would break the heart of this old world.

Christians have many temptations and struggles against sin & need divine assistance.  He dare not walk alone.

3.  Jesus invites all such to come to him.  He urges the sinner to exchange the heavy yoke of sin for the lighter one He delights to give.  There is something better than the sinner’s lot.  “My yoke is easy.”  He gives rest to the weary soul.

His is an easy yoke, for it is personally adapted to one.  He helps bear it, and love makes it easy.  We delight to do His will.

4.  He is meek–humble–and lowly.  So we humble ourselves as he did–“as his Lord” is enough for the servant.

Will you then come to him for rest and accept the easy yoke?  He invites you; come now.


Posted August 20, 2013 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1905-1913 A-F, Matthew

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The Condition of Discipleship   1 comment


Above:  Procession at Haynesville, Alabama, August 9, 2013

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta




Jonathan Myrick Daniels (murdered at Haynesville, Alabama, on August 20, 1965, while saving the life of one Ruby Sales), was an Episcopal seminarian who had taken leave to work in the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama.  For his trouble he suffered insults, imprisonment, and murder.  Charles Carpenter, the Bishop of Alabama, concerned that Daniels was causing trouble, committed to writing the possibility of requesting that the seminarian’s bishop recall him to seminary in New England.

Today Daniels is an official saint of The Episcopal Church.

I bring all of this up because of a quote Daniels committed to writing:

There are moments when I’d like to get a high-powered rifle and take to the woods, but more and more strongly I am beginning to feel that ultimately the revolution to which I am committed is the way of the Cross.

–Quoted in Taylor Branch, At Canaan’s Edge:  America in the King Years, 1965-68 (New York, NY:  Simon & Schuster, 2006). page 209

Daniels took up his cross and followed Jesus to martyrdom.




Matt. 10, 37-39

1.  Often different affections collide–one must be chosen.  These preferences reveal the man.

2.  Our Lord demands [that] we should love Him with all the heart.  He must be enthroned as Lord of heart and life.  He gave all for us; shall we do less for Him?

(1)  But sometimes one’s own people oppose his becoming a Christian.   While parents are to be obeyed “in the Lord,” yet the claims of God are higher and not to be set aside for parental opposition to God’s will.  Cease not to love them, but obey God whatever the cost.

Illustration:  Infidel’s daughter driven from home but was true & her father was converted.

(2)  Sometimes He calls to specific service that parents may oppose or may call one from from home.  Shall parental will outrank God’s?  If so, one is unworthy of His love who gave all for us.

3.  Such may be a cross, but it must be borne–following Him.

4.  It is no failure.  Denying self even of friends if need be, is the royal road to eternal fruition.

The heroic age of the church is at the door.  May it dawn today in all its glory.


The Death of Jesus   3 comments


Above:  Crucifixion of Christ, March 31, 1884

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Luke 23, 33-38

1.  Prophecy foretold the event, as did Jesus.  He laid down his life.  “No man taketh it from me.”  It was part of the Divine plan.

2.  Jesus chose the time of his death.  “Mine hour is not yet come” is used frequently.  At last he said, “the hour is come” (Jno. 17, 1).  “Go tell that fox”–Luke 13, 32.  “Not at the feast”–Matt. 26, 5.  “What thou doest do quickly”–Jno. 13, 27.  Jesus thrust it forward ere they were ready.

3.  The charge was blasphemy, making himself equal with God–his soul.  He either is, or else an imposter and false swearer.  To profess admiration for the man and deny his Divinity is to betray him with a kiss.

4.  They crucify him between two thieves at 9 o’clock.  Darkness from 12 to 3 o’clock.  The crowd mock him.

5.  His concern for others–prays for his slayers, provides a home for his mother, answers the penitent cries to the Father, declares it is finished & commends his  spirit to the Father & yields up his spirit.  The earthquake bellows & the tombs open.

6.  Why all this suffering?  He did no wrong, as said Herod once & Pilate six times.  It was for me & the whole world.  Shall I not love him and live only for Him?


Continuity and Economy: “How Many Loaves Have Ye?”   2 comments


Above:  Site of the Feeding of the Five Thousand, Between 1900 and 1920

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Galileo Galilei, that great scientist, devout Roman Catholic, and frequently blunt man, said it best (in Italian, of course):

The Bible tells us how to go the Heaven, not the way the heavens go.

That principle applies also to cosmology.  But on a major point I agree with my great-grandfather:  something comes from something else.  Creation, according to Jewish theology, was not the making of something from nothing.  No, it was the creation of order from chaos.  Read the earliest words of that myth, which contains much spiritual truth, closely.




Matt. 15, 34

Herein are embodied two principles:

(1)  Continuity–that which is to be must spring from what is.

(2)  Economy, naturally resulting from the former.

1.  In six days God completed creation.  He then ordained that everything itself and of itself should produce after its kind (Gen. 1, 11).  Two or seven of everything were saved in the ark.  Say to nature, “Feed me” and she’ll answer “give me something with which to begin and I will.”  Crops are not created but from seed.

2.  This law obtains in the growth of character–progress in the good and triumph over the evil.  God casts out the evil and quickens the good.  “Washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit.”  Man receives no new faculty after natural birth.

3.  In obedience to this law the missionary goes out.  God wants to feed the people, but some one who has it must take them the Bread of Life.  He multiplies the loaves in existence.

4.  Thus it is in the resurrection.  It is sown  a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body.  Not a creation but a resurrection.

Hence results economy.  That what is already is made to contribute to what comes.  Let everyone who is saved reach another and what a work is done!


The Church   1 comment


Above:  St. John’s Methodist Church, Augusta, Georgia

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If I read item #3 correctly, it is a reference to the doctrine of Christian Perfection, something I did not affirm when I was a Methodist.  And now that I am an Anglo-Lutheran-Catholic Episcopalian, I still reject it.  Yet perhaps I am misinterpreting that item.




Matt. 16, 18

Jesus gladly endorses Peter’s confession.  He knows it only by revelation in answer to faith.  Now Christ has found faith in Himself and can found his ecclesia.

1.  The foundation is Christ.  He founded it on faith in Himself.  He is the chief cornerstone.  Save for Him there would be no church.  He is the inspiration of its work and worship.  His place in the church is secure.  It is hopelessly committed to Him.  He sits on high sending messages to the churches and dispensing the fullness of his grace to it.

2.  The character of the church is social.  It is amongst men–social beings–and for their good.  Hence [it] seeks those conditions that will be most helpful.  This is sufficient authority for the adoption of any expedient.

Different branches exert a helpful influence upon each other.  All may be Israel though of different tribes.  It uses ritual only for spiritual means.

3.  Its destiny.

The perfection of character.  A perfect man [is] the highest product of the gospel and all may be such.

But he who said the gates of death should not prevail, bade the church give the gospel to all the world.  Christ through the church shall yet take this old world and heaven will sing harvest home.



In item #1 my great-grandfather wrote:

The foundation is Christ.

Then he placed an asterisk by “Christ.”  There is a matching asterisk at the bottom of the page.  At this second asterisk are these words:

“Rock” in scripture is always deity.–Morgan