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The Place of the College Today   1 comment

Place of the College Today

Above:  The Original Document

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor


Ps. 119, 130


Educo, to lead out; hence to develop and furnish for larger service.  One learns where things are, where to seek for further equipment.


This is a day of specialists, who devote themselves to special preparation–do research work.  Knowledge, when properly applied, is power.


The church pioneered in education–believes that an intelligent piety is essential to the greatest usefulness, in pulpit and pew.  Some things can be done only by persons well furnished in head and heart–as Paul, Luther, Wesley.


Church schools have made a great contribution to Christian sentiment.

They have had to depend largely on small gifts:  of late a few large gifts have been received.

Most men who [have] had the call to preach are poor and need help to prepare for their life-work.  Hence the appeals from our schools for help to carry on.

They call for help now.


Christian Nurture   2 comments

Christian Nurture

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Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor


Deut. 6, 6-7; Eph. 6, 4


The child a bundle of possibilities for good or evil.  It responds to life about it and reproduces it.  Herein lives its destiny.

It is entitled to the very best.  It will respond thereto, as in music, art, religion.


The greatest influence for good is a devoted Christian home where father and mother teach by precept and example to fear God and love righteousness.  Nothing else in the world can equal such training.

Yet how many parents neglect it.  The results often are grievous.


The Sunday School is the effort of the church to supplement the efforts of the parents to teach and train the children to worship.  Most of those who join the church on profession [of faith] are from the Sunday School.

But why is there all over the nation a decrease in enrollment?  Parents compel their children to attend public school; why not also the Sunday School?

Let [us] do all we can to reach the children about us; give them every help and safeguard we can.  Do not leave them to the evils of the day.


What Shall I Do With the Bible?   4 comments

Bible Translations

Above:  Five of My Favorite Bible Translations

Photograph Taken Via My Computer Camera, September 13. 2013

From Left to Right:

J. B. Phillips, The New Testament in Modern English (Revised Edition, 1972)

The New Revised Standard Version—Catholic Edition (1993)

The Revised English Bible with the Apocrypha (1989)

The New Jerusalem Bible (1985); and

TANAKH:  The Holy Scriptures (1985).



To say to that my piety differs from that of my great-grandfather is to understate reality.  Although I respect the Bible and therefore take it seriously, my attitudes and many of my conclusions are quite different from his.  Some of these differences fall into the category of the merely subjective–with no right or wrong, just preferences one way or another–and others come under the heading of that which I will not defend, for they are legalistic, even if they are consistent with his cultural milieu and therefore historically understandable.  So know, O reader, that I am myself and my great-grandfather was himself.  And know which is which.  Then you will understand reality correctly.

And I, as a Neo-orthodox Christian, know the difference between the word of God (the Bible) and the Word of God (Jesus).  The former leads me to the latter, where I place my emphasis.  Yet often (as is the case here) I notice Evangelicals and others using “Word” to mean the Bible, not Jesus.  (I have numerous conversational examples to cite, so may nobody question the veracity of my statement.)  Language matters in communication.  If we use the same term to mean different things, a lack of communication results.








Psalm 119:105-112

Our text says, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a lamp unto my path.”

Read Definition of the Bible

What shall we do with the Bible?

1.  We can refuse to own one.  

The Bible once occupied a prominent place in homes.

2.  We can let it lie on shelves and collect dust or we can use it to hide money, papers, etc.  

Moody said, “Sin will keep you away form the Bible and the Bible will keep you away from sin.”

3.  We can keep it in our pockets.

[Item #4 is erased.–Editor]

5.  We can admit it to be God’s word.  

Dare you to read the Bible if you don’t want to be a Christian?

It is the world’s bestseller.

Men have tried to destroy it.

The American Bible Society distributes it.

If there is something worrying you, read the book.

One doctor’s prescription to a wealthy woman was to read the Bible one hour each day and then come back to see him.

6.  We can commit it.  

Memorize its precious truths–one verse per day.

Jesus used word vs. Devil in His temptations.

7.  We can submit to its teachings:  Do what it says do.

There is no use to read or commit it unless we intend to obey it.

Recite some important commands–

Swearing–“Do not take the name….”

Sabbath Day–Hebrews 10:25

Biggest crowds at Sunday events–Baseball, Theatres, etc.

8.  We can transmit it.

We can tell it to others.

If you love the Word, there is opportunity to teach it.  One advantage of many churches is that that they give so many work to do.

The responsibility of Sunday School teachers is great.



Christ As Lord in the Heart   1 comment

1 Peter 3, 15

1.  See that the heart is His temple, prepared for his indwelling and dedicated to Him.  Let Him dwell there richly by faith.

2.  Enthrone Him as Lord:

(a)  Of thy afflictions.  Love him supremely.  Let Him regulate and dominate all–love only what He loves & approves.

(b)  Subject the will to Him.  “Thy will be done as in heaven so in earth.”  Be “willing and obedient.”  He wills our highest possible good; let Him direct in all things.

(c)  Reverence Him, worship Him, magnify Him, exalt Him.  He is Lord of heaven and earth; let Him be Lord of thy whole life.

3.  He will be thy sufficiency in all things.  In having Him you have your highest blessing and He will supply “these other things.”  The heart will find rest and strength in Him.  Then no matter how much is exacted of you, you will be ready to give a reason of the hope that is in you.



1 Peter 3, 13 (Revised Version)

1.  God created all things; hence He is Sovereign of all things.  Creation invests Him with the right to rule.

2.  Jesus Christ is creator of a new and greater creation–the heart of man.  He, by His death, redeems man.  This invests Him of right Lord of heaven & earth–of all men.

3.  Man should so recognize Him and make Him Lord over the heart and life.

Make Him Lord:

(1)  Of the intellect.  He alone is man’s pilot.  In all one’s thinking an anchor is sorely needed.  Christian education alone is safe!

(2)  Of the emotions.  Satan stirs up evil passions.  Jesus will purify and rule them in righteousness–will give holy emotions, desires for a pleasure in all that is good.

(3)  Of the will.  Sin is the anarchist of the soul.  Surrender the will to Jesus Christ.  This adjusts and oils life’s machinery.  “‘Tis best to let him have his way with thee.”

(4)  Of others that they may be led to crown Him Lord of all.


Educational and Medical Missions   2 comments


Above:  Bed, Ulster Children’s Church Missionary Society Hospital, Between 1940 and 1946

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Luke 4, 18-19

1.  Jesus interprets His mission under the Spirit’s inspiration.  This the right method; a cold, calculating spirit is not of God.  Under this anointing He accepted the Father’s will.

2.  His work was for body, mind & soul.  He never turned a soul away but yearned after all.

None of His work was transient.  It was the beginning of a world movement which the church was to carry on to the finish.  See Jno. 20, 21; also 14, 12.  They were to do not one work, but “the works” He did.

3.  Hence educational missions are scriptural and absolutely essential.  There can be no strong, self-supporting church without it.  It is needed to train the native preachers and workers.

4.  Medical missions is the church continuing Christ’s work of healing.  Else the church “passes by on the other side.”  Easiest made self-sustaining & not one whit behind other departments in Spiritual results, besides the pain it kills.

5.  He will approve it all at last & does now.  “I was hungry & ye gave me meat, sick & ye visited me.”  “Enter ye.”  Will He say it to you?


Christian Education   1 comment


Above:  Moravian Sunday School, Lititz, Pennsylvania, November 1942

Photographer = Marjory Collins (1912-1985)

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My great-grandfather wrote:

 The religious element is the best part of an education.  It is the only part that one can’t forego.

That is an overly broad statement.  I am sure, for example, that arithmetic, reading, and writing are parts of education that one can’t forego.

I come from a different time, one with a stricter separation of church and state–a standard with which I am quite comfortable.  One ought not ask the state to do what parents, guardians, and churches ought to do–and can do more effectively.




Deut. 11, 18-20

1.  It is a debt parents owe their children, to provide for the development of their faculties.  This calls for education in general, and religious instruction in particular, as our Lord commands.

2.  The true end of education cannot be reached without making the moral and religious faculties prominent and that their development.  Mere intellectual training is at best Sampson shorn of his locks.  The religious element is the best part of an education.  It is the only part that one can’t forego.

3.  Such training is not possible save in schools under the care of Christian men.  There must be a religious atmosphere.  Religion must not be apologized for nor kept in the background, but emphasized.

4.  Does religion dwarf everyone, make him narrow?  How is it that Christ is become a curse anywhere?  The Bible idea is that due recognition of him anywhere is a distinct blessing.


The Power of Early Religious Training   3 comments


Above:  Moses (1887)

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Ex. 2, 6-9 and Heb. 11, 24 & 26

1.  What Moses’ mother did must be done early.  He must soon be put in school.  Her only change is to do her work well before Egyptian training began.

2.  Hers certainly was a religious home.  Moses, Aaron, and Miriam came from one home.  When Moses was grown up he esteemed his mother’s God above the honor, wealth, and power Egypt could give.  Religious training prevailed.

3.  The early years are most valuable.  First impressions are the strongest.  Before the devil gets a chance at them fill their young minds with every noble truth and ideal.  Parents may wait but the devil never loses an opportunity.  “If you want to beat the devil you must fight him with the cradle.”–Gypsy Smith

4.  Such homes save the boy and save the nation.  “A hedge on the edge of a precipice is better than a hospital at the bottom.”–Smith.  “Save one old gray head and you save a multiplication table.”–Smith.  “The hand that rocks the cradle rules the nation.”  Moses’ faith rested upon the religious infrastructure of childhood and was reinforced by her prayers.

Happy boy, happy parents, happy nation.


Responsibility Equals Opportunity   1 comment

The baptism of the Eunuch  *oil on panel  *64 x 47.5 cm  *signed b.r.: RH 1626

Above:  The Baptism of the Eunuch, by Rembrandt van Rijn


1 Cor. 16, 9

1.  Life’s opportunities for good are God-given.  He is sovereign and opens the way.  When He told Philip to go toward the desert He prepared the way before him.

2.  Opportunity measures responsibility.  What God makes possible for the church to perform He undoubtedly demands of her.  “A great door open unto me,” means a great responsibility placed upon me.  Let this fix itself in our minds.

3.  The church today has a great door open unto her.  Such an hour the world has never seen before.  God has gotten all things ready, unless it be that the church is not ready to improve the hour.  Great opportunities are here today.  They are thrust upon her; she has not sought them.  To save them she must do her best.

(1)  Foreign Missions a God-given opportunity.  God’s providence lays it upon the church.  Will she deny Him now?

(2)  Home Missions are important.  To convince men abroad of its power to save the gospel must do its work at home.  The aliens who come, our slums, and our country districts must be reached.

(3)  The Sunday School a great door.  Will all the church ever see it, and enter this work?  We must do it for Him.


Woman’s Work in the Gospel   3 comments


Above:  St. Mary Magdalene (1899), by Viktor M. Vasnetsov



My priest is female.  I suspect that my great-grandfather would disapprove of this fact, based on the content of this post.

I do recall that his daughter and my grandmother, Nell Barrett Taylor, served on the Session of the Summerville Presbyterian Church, Summerville, Georgia.  My father (John Dodson Taylor, III) asked her what her father would think of that.  My grandmother replied that she thought that her father would approve.



Phils. 4, 3

God’s mercies appeal to her as well to man.  She had some part in the Jewish Church.  She was devoted to the Christ.  Last at the cross and first at the tomb.

1.  Women labored with the Apostles.  It was needed to reach the women who by custom were secluded from them.  She taught the scriptures, aided the poor, and entertained the Apostles.

2.  Like conditions exist today calling for her service & she alone can perform it.  Her service is of God and used of Him.  He is pleased that she breaks the box of spikeward still.

3.  As missionary she teaches and leads woman to Christ where man can’t.  She also trains the young in school, for God.

4.  She builds homes for his servants.  She provided the first parsonage.  2 Ks. 4, 8-10.

5.  As medical missionary she is signally used of God to reach the lost.

6.  As deaconess she is an angel of mercy.  This is her rightful place as in Apostolic days.  Thus she supplements the pastor’s work to great advantage.

7.  Who can’t see in all this the hand of God and hence a call to service.  The prayers & help of every woman in the church are needed.  Help those women who labor in the work.


The Work of Education   1 comment


Above:  Mammoth Cave, Kentucky:  Crossing the River Styx, 1877

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My great-grandfather held a dim view of Roman Catholicism.  He even voted for Herbert Hoover in 1928 because the Democratic Party nominated Alfred Smith, a Roman Catholic, for President that year.  His anti-Roman Catholicism does not reflect my attitudes.  It was, however, commonplace and much accepted before Vatican II.



Eph. 4, 17-18

1.  “Man receives no new faculty after birth.”  But he may and must develop his powers.  Unused faculties ultimately perish, e.g. blind fish in Mammoth Cave.

2.  Education is vitally related to the whole; body, mind, & soul profit by it.  He “perishes for lack of knowledge.”  It is his training & equipment for life.  Its worth cannot be overestimated.  Culture enhances the value of life.  Protestantism stands for the enlightenment of the people.  Protestant countries may have their submerged one-tenth; but how about the submerged nine-tenths of Catholic countries?

3.  The religious element is fundamental to all life.  Man is a religious being.  It is fatal to divorce education from religion.  School days fix character–life habits.  Hence their great importance.  They bring large opportunities for illustrating & enforcing the truth.

4.  The church is commissioned to teach, is in this work to see that religion is emphasized reverently.

But a crisis is upon her.  She must advance or be forced out of business.  Hence in the name of the Lord she is striving to do His will in these things.