Seeking Advice on a Possible Reprint
- Dear Covenant Reformation Brethren,
I just got hold of a copy of a volume that might peek your interest.
It is called "Southern Presbyterian Pulpit: A Collection of Sermons
from Ministers in the Southern Presbyterian Church". It was first
published in 1896 by The Presbyterian Committee on Publication,
Richmond, VA. I am seeking advice about the possibility of reprinting
It includes complete sermons from 33 leading ministers and includes
a "likeness" of each man. It includes sermons from men like B.M.
Palmer, Moses Hoge, John Girardeau, R.L. Dabney, J.R. Stratton,
George D. Armstrong, Neander Woods, T.D. Witherspoon and 25 others.
The titles include:
The Transforming Power of the Gospel - 2 Cor. 5:17
The Changing World and the Unchanging God - Heb. 1:10-12
Christ's Pastoral Presence with His Dying People - Psalm 23:4
The Pitilessness of Sin - Matt. 27:3-5
Children of the Covenant - Acts 3:25,26
"How Long Halt Ye Between Two Opinions?" - 1 Kings 18:21
Take Hold of God - Isa. 27:5
"To Me to Live is Christ" - Phil. 1:21
In the Preface we are given the motives which prompted the volume.
"There has been a distinct demand for a book of practical sermons,
suitable for reading in the public worship of God when conducted by
ruling elders of the church.
But in addition to this motive, it seemed desirable to put into
permanent form some examples of the work of our Southern Presbyterian
pulpit, which is, we are confident, second to none in eloquence,
doctrinal purity, persuasiveness, and practical power."
The preachers are from places like Baltimore, MD; Richmond, VA;
Huntsville, AL; Washington, D.C.; Greensboro, NC; New Orleans, LA;
Natchez, MS; Clarksville, TN; Louisville, KY; Lexington, KY; Memphis,
TN; Charleston, SC; Norfolk, VA; Fayetteville, AR; Galveston, TX;
Charlotte, NC; Atlanta, GA; Columbia, SC; Waco, TX; Mobile, AL;
Nashville, TN; Charlottesville, VA; St. Louis, MO among others.
A sample from the conclusion of one by Rev. W.U. Murkland, Pastor of
Franklin Street Presbyterian Church, Baltimore, MD may whet your
appetite. It is from the sermon entitled, "The Divineness of the
Family Bond" from 2 Timothy 1:3. He concludes...
"I cannot close with this sad note. I strike another key. It is the
music of the divine home; of a Father's house in which is bread
enough and to spare; of a Father's heart that sees a great way off,
and is full, so full, of compassion for every wanderer.
When, a few years ago, I sailed down the upper Danube, the place
which stirred me most was the castled height of the river where
Richard the Lion-hearted had been entrapped and imprisoned on his
return from the Holy Land. No one in England knew the place of his
captivity. But his faithful minstrel, Blondel, journeyed from city to
city, from castle to castle, playing and singing under stone walls
the strains which Richard knew and loved; and, lo! as he played by
this unknown castle, the music stole into the prison of the king. The
king made sign of his presence, and, once found, the ransom and
deliverance followed fast.
I play an old melody today. I touch the strings which sing of home
and early faith; of a mother's love, of a father's God. O friend!
does not the song find thee? Make signal of thy captivity. Come out
of thy prison. There is a Friend without the gate. The ransom of a
king is in his hands. Exiles from God and hope, or captives in sin,
within the stone walls of an ill-spent, wasted and sorrowful past, I
say unto you, there is joy in heaven over one sinner that repenteth!"
There are over 400 more pages of such thrilling exposition and
exhortation in this book. What do you think? Should I pursue
I would appreciate any comments... Thanks.
Solid Ground Christian Books
- I, for one, love sermon books, ESPECIALLY by the older Presbyterians,
and would love to hear of more books like this back in print. I
cannot promise a purchase, as I'm quite low on money -- still reeling
from medical bills from late last year and early this year. But that
would definately be a book I'd look very carefully into getting my
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Michael Gaydosh"
> What do you think? Should I pursue
> reprinting it?
> I would appreciate any comments... Thanks.
> Mike Gaydosh
> Solid Ground Christian Books
> (205) 443-0311