H. Boyce Taylor

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  1. Rhetorician

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    Hey to all:

    I would like to ask if anyone knows of or his ministry of the late Dr. H. Boyce Taylor.

    Dr. Taylor studied at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary under Broadus and AT Robertson. He influenced Roy O. Beaman of MABTS. He pastored the FBC of Murray, KY. He was instrumental in formulating the Co-operative Program.

    I was running some references on old Dr. Beaman and remembered Dr. Taylor's inflence on Dr. Beaman. If you have any books info, or such; I would be interested!

    Erasmus,
    you especially can add some insights to the discussion.

    By the by, just a side note:

    As best as I can tell he was an avid Landmark Baptist. I do not that knowledge to highjack the thread however!

    Thanks to all ahead of time.

    sdg!

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  2. rlvaughn

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    Rhet, I not all that familiar with Taylor, so I'm looking forward to hearing from those who are. Years ago, I bought his booklet, Why Be a Baptist? Based on it, I'd say your assessment that he was an avid Landmark Baptist is correct (e.g. - "Jesus...himself walked sixty miles to get Baptist baptism.")

    It would appear that Taylor has left a lasting legacy on Southern Baptists, both through those he taught, and through his influence on the Cooperative Program. According to the Grace Proclamator and Promulgator, "Taylor also led the Murray church, the Blood River Baptist Association and the General Association of Kentucky Baptists to adopt the 'Unified Plan of Missions' which eventually became known as the Cooperative Program." I'll not go further, because I think we have a BB member who can speak directly to this.

    Who Was H. Boyce Taylor?

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  3. Rhetorician

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    rlvaughn,

    I just wanted to add that the "Murray Church" is or has been come to be known as the "Murray (Kentucky) First Baptist Church."

    This might help eliminate any future confusion on that issue.

    sdg!

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    Dr. Taylor, a graduate of Southern Seminary, was pastor of the Murray church from 1897 till 1932, published a weekly newsletter called "News and Truths," led in the development of what is now called the "Cooperative Program," and led that church to send many direct missionaries to the Amazon (Brazil, and I believe also to Peru).

    He was a total pacifist, opposed all war, and was in much agony of soul during WW I. As a patriotic American, he supported his government, but could not support the war and was considered a traitor because of his strong opposition.

    The West Kentucky Bible School met in a room added to his home, under his personal supervision and with a few other faculty members. Their ad stated, "Bible the only textbook in all courses except music." He was highly literate, used his biblical languages fluently, and argued for the public use of the "King James" or Authorized Version only. In short, like many of us, he was a man full of contradictions. Some who heard him have told me that he never raised his voice in the pulpit, always speaking in a reasonable manner (as did O. C. Markham, mentioned on another thread under Baptist History). His brother W. C. Taylor opened much SBC work in Brazil, staying on the field 41 years (1 year longer than any previous SBC missionary).

    Possibly this "thumb-nail" will help answer
    "Rhet" - whose posts I am enjoying. Best - RCB (Dr. Taylor always signed "HBT," and I'll follow his example in that and much else.)
     
  5. Major B

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    And, Mr. Taylor had an amiable relationship with a conference speaker named A.W. Pink, who spoke often at Murray First.
     
  6. Rhetorician

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    In the "for what it is worth" file:

    I have heard Dr. Roy O. Beaman refer to H. Boyce Taylor (who incidentally, was named for James Petigru boyce of The "Founding Four" of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) on numerous occasions. This was when I was in his Systematic Theology class @ Mid America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis in the early to mid 80s.

    Major B;

    He also spoke of '"Awful" W. Pink as some of the Arminians refer to him. With what Dr. Beamsn said concerning Pink, it is my belief that Pink was probably a bit too Calvinistic for his own personal theological tastes.

    I did not realize "what a time of my visitation" it was for me personally to study under Roy Beaman; a man who studied under H Boyce Taylor who in turn studied under John A. Broadus (one of my personal favorites b/c of his use of Classical Rhetoric and masterful homiletical skills, and who knew personally AW Pink.

    I am a blessed man indeed!!!

    And this is for Mark Osgatharp!

    Mark,

    Dr. Beaman was indeed a Landmarker. And he was also "Calvinistic" as he described himself. It was old Doc Beaman who introduced me into the world of Landmarkism that I never knew exsisted. I can say that it changed my life (in a good way I might add).

    sdg!

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