More Interesting Stuff from the World of Church History
About fifteen years ago Denise and I were able to take a trip to the U.K. to see one of our daughters who was studying abroad at the time. We drove around England and up into Scotland and spent an enjoyable day in the city of Edinburgh. This was of particular interest to me since most Presbyterians trace the roots of the Presbyterian Church back to Scotland and to John Knox who for many years preached at the Church in Edinburgh and led Scotland to become Protestant at the time of the Reformation. (Every Protestant, especially Presbyterians, ought to be at least a little bit familiar with John Knox. Christianity Today has a nice outline of his life here…) We were able to tour the church while we were there and I thought about sneaking into the pulpit to get my picture taken but thought the wiser of it since there were several Deacons on duty that day to answer questions and make sure that no one did things like sneak into the pulpit. I tell you this because it seems that the archivists at the University of Glasgow have “discovered” among their collection a copy of the Old Testament that at one time probably belonged to Knox, which was bequeathed to the University in 1874 on the death of insurance broker and Bible collector William Euing as part of a remarkable collection of around 3,000 bibles – described at the time as “the most extensive and costly private collection (of bibles) ever formed”. There it sat for more than 140 years without anyone realizing what a piece of history they had in their possession.
And speaking of church history, if you enjoyed the recent info I posted about Guinness, Welch and others, then you might like this article that explains how there’s more church history in your breakfast to chew on than you may have realized… It would be appropriate if you read it as you enjoy your Frosted Flakes this morning.
A Good Read for a Monday Morning
A concern that our understanding of the love of God has been tragically distorted and that the comfortable, sentimentalized version we commonly encounter today is far from the biblical depiction of God’s love lead Christopher Morgan, Professor of Theology at the Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, to edit a newly published book entitled aptly enough, The Love of God. One of the chapters by D.A. Carson has been summarized in a brief post called 5 Key Realities the Bible Teaches about God’s Love which reminds us that when we properly understand the nature of God’s love we are then able to rejoice in the truth that “the LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love… He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him. . . . As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him. . . . But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear him . . . with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts” (Psalm 103). It is well worth a read.
In a similar vein, though more simple, here’s a list of 13 Reasons You are Precious to God… something we should never forget!
Most Americans have a fascination with Abraham Lincoln though not many probably realize that on this date, September 26th in 1861, the nation paused for a day of prayer and fasting “to be observed by the people of the United States with religious solemnities. … It is peculiarly fit for us to recognize the hand of God in this terrible visitation, and in sorrowful remembrance of our own faults and crimes as a nation and as individuals to humble ourselves before Him, and to pray for His mercy… ” Take a minute to read about Lincoln’s proclamation 155 years ago – and consider perhaps the need for such a day today as well.