Series: Personal Books

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Books by Albert Barnes

This entry is part 7 of 12 in the series Personal Books

One of the most influential American Presbyterian clergymen during the middle third of the nineteenth century and a central figure in the Old School-New School controversy that led to the 1837 denominational division. Born in Rome, New York, he graduated from Hamilton and Princeton. While serving his first charge in Morristown, New Jersey, he attracted attention because of an 1829 revival sermon entitled “The Way of Salvation,” which denied the doctrine of original sin and insisted that man was a free moral agent who could choose for or against Christian salvation. The Old School conservatives became increasingly alarmed when he accepted a call to the prestigious First Church of Philadelphia and also began a long-standing habit of expressing his biblical interpretations in the form of semi-scholarly, very widely read commentaries for laymen entitled Notes: Explanatory and Practical. Twice in the 1830s the Philadelphia Synod charged Barnes with doctrinal error, only to have the Presbyterian General Assembly acquit him. These difficulties influenced Barnes to join other New School ministers as an early leader of the independently controlled Union Theological Seminary in New York City. While Barnes promoted and practiced the New School concept of revivalism that stemmed from the Second Great Awakening, he also led the New School Presbyterians in emphasizing […]


Books By Albert Benjamin Simpson

This entry is part 8 of 12 in the series Personal Books

SIMPSON, A. B. (ALBERT BENJAMIN) (1843–1919) Founder of what became the Christian and Missionary Alliance Simpson was born on Prince Edward Island, Canada, to parents of Scottish descent. His father was involved in the export–import trade, as well as in the shipbuilding industry. Prompted by business depression, the family later moved to a farm in Ontario. Albert and the eight other children were raised in a home of strong biblical commitment and disciplined Christian living. In 1861, young Simpson began study for the ministry at Knox College, Toronto. The recipient of scholarships and prizes, he graduated in 1865 and accepted his first charge at Knox Church, Hamilton. Additional churches served were in Louisville, Kentucky, and New York City. _Widely hailed as an outstanding pulpiteer, Simpson totally rejected such praise. He favored pastoral visitation and evangelism as emphases in his ministry. Ultimately he devoted much of his energy to addressing conventions and concentrated his interest on missions. In 1887 Simpson became the prime mover in the establishment of the Evangelical Missionary Alliance, later to become the Christian and Missionary Alliance. Simpson authored some seventy books, edited his denomination’s publication (Alliance Weekly), wrote numerous poems, and composed a large number of songs. Emphases in his writing and preaching include the sanctified life and […]


Books by Alexander MacLaren

This entry is part 9 of 12 in the series Personal Books

MACLAREN, ALEXANDER (1826–1910) British Baptist pastor Born in Glasgow, son of a businessman who was also a Baptist lay pastor, Maclaren took classes at the local university before going south to train for the ministry at Stepney (later Regents Park) College, London. A diligent student, he was awarded London University’s B.A. degree in 1845. In the following year he became pastor at Portland Chapel, Southampton, and during his twelve years there made it a well–known center of Christian witness. In 1858 he began his forty–five–year ministry at Union Chapel, Manchester. This small building had to be replaced by another that could accommodate the crowds who wanted to hear “the prince of expository preachers.” He was tireless in preparation; he maintained the habit of daily reading in the original language one chapter from each Testament. He was an evangelical sympathetic to other views. He attacked the Church of Rome while conceding it contained “true and devout souls” and maintained good relations with Roman and Anglican bishops. He warmly advocated union between Baptists and Congregationalists. Maclaren sponsored preaching stations, with a particular concern that the poor hear the gospel. Honored with doctorates from several British universities, twice president of the Baptist Union, and the first president of the Baptist World Alliance (1905), Maclaren […]