Forgotten Founding Father: Francis Makemie

March 25, 2015
In Accomack County, Va., there is a monument to a Scotch-Irish clergyman named Francis Makemie. Though he is considered the founder of American Presbyterianism, Makemie is largely forgotten today. On the monument is an inscription that tells us much about who he was. The inscription reads: Francis Makemie who was born in Ramelton, County Donegal, Ireland,

The Edwardian Homilies

March 18, 2015
Thomas Cranmer was a significant figure in the English Reformation. The Reformation began in England under Henry VIII, but Henry often kept Cranmer's reforming efforts in check. When Henry was succeeded by his son Edward VI, Cranmer and the Reformation were able to make some real progress. And a key part of that progress was

The Stewart Brothers & Their Book

March 11, 2015
In the early decades of the twentieth century, a series of books was published that pushed back against the rising tide of theological liberalism. It was not a publishing company or seminary that conceived of and published these books, but a pair of laymen: the Stewart brothers. Lyman and Milton Stewart grew up in an area

Wanamaker’s Hymnal

March 4, 2015
One of the untold stories of church history is that of philanthropy. A great introduction to this topic is the figure of department store magnate and philanthropist John Wanamaker. Wanamaker was born in Philadelphia in 1838. He built what may very well have been the first department store in America. He opened this first store in
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