Devoted to the Propagation and Defense of New Testament Christianity
May 26, 1949

The Overflow

F. Y. T.


Response to our first issues is indeed gratifying. Subscriptions hit a clip of more than a hundred a day for quite a stretch. And they're still coming in every mail. One thing that is especially pleasing is that they are coming from every part of the nation; California, Ohio, Florida, Colorado and Michigan are sending in with the same readiness as Texas, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Kentucky.


They're Learning

In response to a request from the editor asking for some short articles on the general theme of the "Christian Home", Mrs. Luther G. Roberts replies, "Frankly, I think whatever writing I do on the rearing of children had best be done while John is as young as he is. This "gentleman" is certainly teaching us many things!" But she did write some very fine short articles (See this issue) and has more in the process of preparation.



"If it be necessary to call the name of any preacher or paper guilty of erroneous teaching, then such name should be called!" is the advice of a letter from R. 0. Kenley of Houston, Texas. Well, that's the way Paul did it. We see no reason to change from his practice.


"I rejoice to know that you propose to issue a weekly paper that will stand for something," is the word from E. G. Creacy of Horse Cave, Kentucky.


Home To Roost

Word comes from Dallas that some of the elders of a well-known congregation there have recently been "de-eldered". The thing that makes this interesting is that this church periodically has these "spells", and the present victims were themselves right in the middle of some of the previous "de-eldering" episodes—the difference being that they were then on the administering rather than the receiving end of these tender rites. Deeds, like chickens, have a way of coming home to roost.


Garages Vs. Woodsheds

In our next issue Rufus Clifford has a very fine article on "The Christian Home And Juvenile Delinquency". We sometimes wonder whether the conversion of so many woodsheds into garages hasn't had a lot to do with the alarming increase in juvenile delinquency.



A fine old Episcopalian rector, returning home from an outlying section of his parish, overtook a comely young woman walking down the road. Recognizing her as the maidservant employed by the chairman of his board of vestrymen, he stopped and offered her a lift into town. They chatted pleasantly all the way home, and as she got out of the car the girl thanked the rector warmly. "Don't mention it, Sarah," the rector said politely. "Don't mention it at all."

"No, sir," the girl promised. "I won't tell a soul."

—Webb Garrison


Accuracy with a vengeance

We doubt if any man ever lived who was more set on being absolutely accurate and exact in his speech than the late M. C. Kurfees. (This very trait made him probably the most thorough and reliable scholar in the church in this generation). One time when F. B. Srygley was preaching in Louisville, Brother Kurfees made a date to meet him next day for lunch at the Watterson Hotel. Srygley, arriving early for the appointment, went into the lobby and waited for his host to make his appearance. The designated hour arrived, but Kurfees didn't. After a rather long wait, Bro. Srygley got up and began to wander around the hotel in search of his host. He finally found him, watch in hand, nervously pacing back and forth on the sidewalk in front of the hotel. "Well, Brother Kurfees," said Srygley, "you're late. I've been in there in the lobby half an hour waiting for you."

Kurfees fixed a stern and disapproving eye on his guest. "Brother Srygley," he said, emphasizing every I word with short, choppy gestures, "I told you I'd meet you at the Watterson not in the Watterson."


"As a little child"

I remember, I remember The fir-trees dark and high;

I used to think their slender tops Were close against the sky.

It was a childish ignorance, But now tis little joy To know I'm farther off from heaven Than when I was a boy."

—Thomas Hoo


Betrayal In 1753 a charter was issued the state of New York to a school to be founded in New York City for the express purpose of "teaching an engaging children to know God in Jesus Christ." Money donated by the founders and others was given with the understanding that it would be spent for this purpose. In a recent survey made in that school was revealed that of all the student who believe in the existence of God at the time of their enrollment, 75% of them are atheists at the time of their graduation! A constant parade of agnosticism, doubt, skepticism ridicule, belittling of faith, and pseudo-scientific erudition by the professors and instructors in the school is robbing the students of their faith. Its present directors have betrayed the trust of its founders. We'd like to see General Eisenhower's explanation of the perfidy of his trustees at Columbia.


Itching ears Did you ever see a fellow with the itch who was willing to admit that what he had was itch? They are nearly always ashamed of it and either deny they've got it, or else try to cover it up. Seems Paul hit the nail right on the head when he spoke of certain characters as being people with "itching" ears. We've recently had a flood of articles in the paper from some of these "modernists' among us, who figuratively beat their breasts and shout to the heavens in affirmation of their "soundness". Sounds like a "cover up" to us. Reckon they are trying to conceal bad case of the itch