Reformed Churchmen

We are Confessional Calvinists and a Prayer Book Church-people. In 2012, we remembered the 350th anniversary of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer; also, we remembered the 450th anniversary of John Jewel's sober, scholarly, and Reformed "An Apology of the Church of England." In 2013, we remembered the publication of the "Heidelberg Catechism" and the influence of Reformed theologians in England, including Heinrich Bullinger's Decades. For 2014: Tyndale's NT translation. For 2015, John Roger, Rowland Taylor and Bishop John Hooper's martyrdom, burned at the stakes. Books of the month. December 2014: Alan Jacob's "Book of Common Prayer" at: January 2015: A.F. Pollard's "Thomas Cranmer and the English Reformation: 1489-1556" at: February 2015: Jaspar Ridley's "Thomas Cranmer" at:

Thursday, December 18, 2014

18 December 1808 A.D. Horatius Bonar Born—Presbyterian Founder of Free Church of Scotland

18 December 1808 A.D.  Horatius Bonar Born—Presbyterian Founder of Free Church of Scotland

Horatius Bonar (1808 to 1889)


He Was Active in Founding the Free Church.

Horatius Bonar was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. From a long line of Scottish clergy, Bonar was ordained in 1837 in Kelso at age 28, and became pastor of North Presbyterian Church of Kelso. He and his church at Kelso were vigorously active in the movement which led to the founding of the Free Church of Scotland in 1843. Bonar was one of the editors of The Border Watch, the official paper of the Free Church, and for many years, because of his keen interest in the second coming of Christ, he was editor of The Journal of Prophecy. In 1866 he became pastor of Chalmers Memorial Free Church, Edinburgh, named for Thomas Chalmers, the leader and first moderator of the Free Church of Scotland. Bonar was a prolific writer and poet. He authored several missionary biographies and penned over 600 hymns, one of which has maintained its popularity to this day, "I heard the Voice of Jesus Say." He also published Songs For the Wilderness (1843), The Bible Hymnbook (1845),Hymns, Original and Selected (1846), Hymns of Faith and Hope (1857; second series, 1861); The Song of the New Creation (1872), and Hymns of the Nativity (1879).

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