Monthly Archives: April 2011

The Two Roses

Before we begin, I said in my last post that I would answer a question that I posed to all my readers.  Because nobody has responded, I will wait a few more days before giving my answer.  To take a … Continue reading

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A Method of Arguement

Of a Bishop this following story is told.  His lordship was examining a candidate for holy orders, who was more deficient in theology than in brains.  Among other questions the Bishop asked him, “If you were in company with persons … Continue reading

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Found Out – Oliver Cromwell

During the usurpation* of Cromwell, Sir ____, of Surrey, who was one of Cromwell’s knights, was sued by the minister of the parish for his tithes.  While the dispute was pending, Sir ____ fancied that the parson preached at him, … Continue reading

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A Sermon

Luther said, “Prayer, meditation, and temptation make a minister.”  Another phrase of his is well known, “Bene orasse, bene studuisse,” “To pray well, is to study well.” Prayer is not, however, the solemn duty of the clergy alone, but of … Continue reading

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Building a Bridge

When engineers would bridge a stream, they often carry over a single thread.  Then strand is added to strand, until a foundation is laid for planks; and now the bold engineer finds safe footway, and walks from side to side.  … Continue reading

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Amusing Wisdom in two stories . . .

1. Conversation “I remember,” says John Wesley, “hearing my father say to my mother, ‘How could you have the patience to tell that blockhead[meaning himself, John,] the same thing twenty times over?’  ‘Why,’ said she, ‘if I had told him … Continue reading

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Politeness . . .

Louis XIV was told that Lord Stair was one of the best-bred men in Europe.  “I shall soon put him to the test,” said the King; and asking Lord Stair an airing[coach ride] with him, he bade him pass and … Continue reading

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