I have a special interest in William McGuffey because I (and my siblings) spent eight years in the McGuffey elementary school in Oxford, Ohio. The School is located on the campus of Miami University where my father was a professor from 1955 to 1985. McGuffey taught at Miami from 1826 to 1836 in the field of ancient languages (he arrived in Oxford “with his personal copies of Livy, Horace, Memorabilia, and the Greek and Hebrew texts of the Bible in his saddle bags”). McGuffey was also an ordained Presbyterian minister and often filled pulpits throughout his teaching career. Of course, McGuffey is best known for his Readers. Though they were a more rural version of the older New England Primers, they were so filled with Scriptural references and applications that it is hard to compare them to school texts today. The fact that almost all mid-west and western school houses used his Readers attests to the loss American education has suffered by eliminating references to God or the Bible.
Natural DisastersAugust 31, 2017
A number of interesting natural and unnatural things have happened in the last few days. We have seen an amazing solar eclipse which happens only a couple times in most people’s life time. Some people go too far on one side making such an eclipse a biblical sign from God, and others go too far […]
Human Nature, America, and the ChurchApril 29, 2017
America and, therefore, the Christian church are experiencing an upheaval unique to the present age but unlike any phenomenon in recent history. Cultural watchers have described it as post-Christian, post-modern, post-morality, slouching toward Gomorrah, God is dead, and also with Biblical terminology such as the great apostasy, the one-world church, the harlot of Revelation, etc. […]
It’s Time To Start AgainJanuary 2, 2017
Well, it’s time to start again. On January 1st no one writing columns really knows how to say anything new. As a pastor who must preach a fresh sermon every Christmas and Easter and all the other holidays, and has been doing it for most of my life, I can tell you I repeat myself […]