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:

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

7 January 1832 A.D. Rev. Thomas Dewitt Talmadge Born—Central Presbyterian, Brooklyn, NYC; Overcoming Slander & Libel

7 January 1832 A.D.  Rev. Thomas Dewitt Talmadge Born—Central Presbyterian, Brooklyn, NYC;  Overcoming Slander & Libel


Thomas Dewitt Talmadge (1832 to 1902)


Satan Couldn't Still His Voice

Thomas Dewitt Talmadge was born at Bound Brook, N.J. A one-time chaplain in the Union Army, he was converted at age 18. He graduated from New Brunswick Seminary at 24, and was ordained and installed in his first church. In 1869, he was installed as pastor of the Central Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn, N.Y. It was a small church, which met in a large building; but within three months that was too small for the attendance. Jealous of the prosperity of this ministry, preachers in the area began spreading rumors about him, and the newspapers picked up the story. Sunday mornings, reporters from the large newspapers in the area gathered in expectation that Dr. Talmage would answer the slander--which would have made headlines. Talmage never said a word in reply. Failing to get the sensational news story, they took down his sermons and they were printed word-for-word in the newspapers. Thus the Lord turned the falsehoods and persecution into a promotion for the Gospel! His Bible-centered sermons were read by 25,000,000 people around the world as a result of Satan's effort to still his voice! His church burned down three times.

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