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The Place of the College Today   1 comment

Place of the College Today

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Ps. 119, 130

I.

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

II.

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

III.

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.

IV.

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.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Luke 22, 27b   1 comment

Luke 22 Sermon

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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

Ephesians 2, 10   1 comment

Ephesians 2

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Eph. 2, 10

I.  

Design is manifest in man’s whole being, the evidence of intelligence in all his make up.

II.

Christians are his new creation in Christ Jesus.  Only God can regenerate the heart.  But he does it.  “A new creature,” new creation.

III.

He has great designs in it all–“good works.”  [He] saves us not surely for our selves but for the good we may do.  “That ye might bring forth fruit.”  He cursed the barren fig tree.  The fruitless branch is cut off.

IV.

We are to work by ourselves but with him–to do those things he wills.

He is all the time working to great ends.  He is the senior member of the firm.  How could Paul, Luther, [and] Wesley have done their work without him?

V.

What may we think God is trying to do now in the world?  To reach the unsaved.  To instruct men in the way of life, to rid the world of war.  To relieve the sufferers.

Shall we not labor with him at such tasks?

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

The Kingdom of God   1 comment

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:

My great-grandfather fell into a ubiquitous error:  thinking, writing, and speaking of “the Jews” as if they were a monolithic population and as if first century CE Palestinian Judaism was likewise fairly uniform.  Biblical scholarship (especially since the 1950s) is clear:  there was much variety in first century CE Palestinian Judaism.  Some sects, for example, expected no Messiah.  Others looked for a spiritual one, and still others for a political one.  Yet, when I study or review many Christian theological works from the 1800s and early 1900s, I do not see this point made at all.

I do strive for factual accuracy as I seek to understand such misunderstandings in their historical contexts.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

AUGUST 10, 2013 COMMON ERA

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Mark 1, 15

1.  The Jews expected God to visit His people and establish an everlasting kingdom, a theocratic government.  Hence they once tried to crown [Jesus].

2.  Christ adopted the phrase, but not their view of it.  It is a kingdom, for

(a)  He is King.

(b)  His will is law.

[At this point my great-grandfather wrote later and with a different type of ink:  “‘Kingdom of God–true religion’–Wesley.”]

3.  But it is a spiritual kingdom “within you, not of this world.”  It is over the individual life.  Not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

4.  It is a universal kingdom–all men are to be made subjects of it if they will.  No nation left out.

5.  It is a permanent kingdom–never to be superceded by another and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

II.

The conditions of entering it are two:

(1)  Repentance for all sin.  “Poor in spirit, deny himself,” etc.

(2)  Faith.  The two in the order named.

Only those who have repented and believed are citizens of this blessed kingdom, but by these all may enter in and be blessed.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Posted August 10, 2013 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1905-1913 G-L, Mark

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Prayer for a Revival   1 comment

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

This is not the first time I have read of French infidelity in my great-grandfather’s sermon outlines.  I read that as a reference to Roman Catholicism, for he was an ardent opponent of Holy Mother Church, and contexts of statements have led me to this interpretation.  I, however, hold a kinder opinion of the Roman Catholic Church.

And I have long been a Francophile.  Allons enfants de la patrie….

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JUNE 23, 2013 COMMON ERA

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Ps. 85, 6-7

1.  What is a revival?  A quickening, a pouring out of the Spirit upon the people.

2.  Why a revival?  “That thy people may rejoice in thee.”  To strengthen believers and rebuke unbelief and lead sinners into the kingdom.  To intensify interest in all the work of the church.

3.  What have revivals done?  They have saved nations by saving the individual.  Wesley’s work saved England from a “reign of terror” and Whitefield saved our nation by being overrun by infidelity from France.

4.  They are from God.  He alone can do the work needed:  no device of man can save a soul.  He must “build the house,” or man’s work is vain.  “Wilt thou not revive us again?”

5.  But men must pray for it.  “Shew us thy mercy, O Lord, and grant us thy salvation.”  He answers the prayer of faith.  “Call…and I will answer thee.”  Our prayers for a revival lack in constancy, are too spasmodic.  God is on the giving hand.  May showers of blessing fall upon all the people.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Conservative and Liberal Christianity   1 comment

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

Last January I attended a lesbian wedding; the ceremony was at a church building.  It was a lovely rite and the couple is wonderful.  My great-grandfather would have kvetched endlessly.  He would also object to the fact that the officiating priest was female.  He would probably have called all of us deluded apostates.

My great-grandfather used the word “professor” to mean “one who professes,” not one who teaches at a college or university.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JUNE 8, 2013 COMMON ERA

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Matt. 5, 13-16

I.

1.  History demonstrates the downward tendency of character, e.g., the antediluvians, the Israelites under Moses, and their kings.  All earthly movements and civilizations manifest this weakness.

2.  In such a world the church is the one great conservative, restraining power.  It brings a gospel antagonizing all sin and quickening the conscience, offering grace to all.  Christianity has been this force.

3.  If only salt would keep its saltness.  This calls for the most diligent, personal effort.  But delusions and apostasies have come, e.g., the times of Luther & Wesley.  Losing its savour it is useless, harmful.

Yet its restraining power is prevented sometimes by professors & parents who come between it and their children, etc.

II.

1.  But the church must also quicken the dead & almost dead by giving the gospel light to all–aggressive Christianity.

2.  To do this no one should obscure or hide his light by a bushel–timidity, fear, wrong deeds.

It shines best in good works, not mere words.

3.  The desired end of it all is that men may be induced to glorify God.  This should regulate all the life and be uppermost in one’s desire.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

The Good Soldier and His Reward   4 comments

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

St. Paul the Apostle certainly did not write 2 Timothy.

And my great-grandfather had a higher opinion of Martin Luther than I do.  Of course, I have a higher (although mixed) opinion of Roman Catholicism than my great-grandfather did–his was subterranean.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

MAY 29, 2013 COMMON ERA

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2 Tim. 4, 7-10

1.  Paul had his own battles to fight and obstacles to overcome.  They had to be fought by himself.

(1)  Internal struggles.  Breaking away from his life-long training.

(2)  Preaching the new gospel of salvation by faith and of resurrection, and defending it dogmatically and in “perils” constantly (2 Cor. 11, 22-33) besides the cares of all the churches.   He was put on his metal–soldier spirit was in great demand.

Such is our case.  We, too, have our battles to fight as good soldiers–as did Athanasius, [Martin] Luther, [John] Wesley, etc.

2.  We have help if we will first receive it.  “Looking unto Jesus” (Heb. 12, 2).  “There I take my stand; I can do no otherwise.  God help me.  Amen.”–Luther.  “God is…our strength.” (Psalm 46, 1)

3.  It is not in vain.  There is a present reward.  No labor of love is lost.  “Tis better to have loved and lost than not to have loved at all.”

There is an eternal reward.  “I have fought the good fight…there is…a crown of righteousness laid up for me.”  This reward is all any heart could wish!

4.  Will we “fight the good fight of faith”?  Will we be true?  Cross-bearers shall become crown wearers.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT