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Alexander Brodie

'Mr. Rutherford's letter desiring me to deny myself.'—Brodie's Diary. Alexander Brodie was born at Brodie in the north country in the year 1617. That was the same year that saw Samuel Rutherford matriculate in the College of Edinburgh. Of young Brodie's early days we know nothing; for, though he has... Read More

Alexander Gordon

'A man of great spirit, but much subdued by inward exercise.' Livingstone's Characteristics. The Gordons of Airds and Earlston could set their family seal to the truth of the promise that the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear Him, and His righteousness to child... Read More

Believing Prayer

"But without faith it is impossible to please him..." (Heb. 11:6). "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased" (Matt. 3:17). First in His believing study and believing appropriation of the Messianic Scriptures, and then in His life of unceasing and believing prayer, our Lord stands at our he... Read More

Earlston the Younger

'A renowned Gordon, a patriot, a good Christian, a confessor, and, I may add, a martyr of Jesus Christ.'—Livingstone's Characteristics. Thomas Boston in his most interesting autobiography tells us about one of his elders who, though a poor man, had always 'a brow for a good cause.' Now nothing could... Read More

George Gillespie

'Our apprehensions are not canonical.'—Rutherford. George Gillespie was one of that remarkable band of statesmanlike ministers that God gave to Scotland in the seventeenth century. Gillespie died while yet a young man, but before he died, as Rutherford wrote to him on his deathbed, he had done more ... Read More

Grace Flows Down

"Ye are not under the law, but under grace" (Rom. 6:14). And then, what is grace? Grace is love. But grace is not love simply, and purely, and alone. Grace and love are, in their innermost essence, one and the same thing. Only, grace is love adapting itself to certain special circumstances. As, for ... Read More

James Bautie, Student

'You crave my mind.'—Rutherford. As a rule the difficulties of a divinity student are not at all the difficulties of the best of his future people. A divinity student's difficulties are usually academic and speculative, whereas the difficulties of the best people in his coming congregation will be d... Read More

James Guthrie

'The short man who could not bow.'—Cromwell. James Guthrie was the son of the laird of that ilk in the county of Angus. St. Andrews was his alma mater, and under her excellent nurture young Guthrie soon became a student of no common name. His father had destined him for the Episcopal Church, and, wh... Read More

Jean Brown

'Sin poisons all our enjoyments.' —Rutherford. Jean Brown was one of the selectest associates of the famous Rutherford circle. We do not know so much of Jean Brown outside of the Rutherford Letters as we would like to know, but her son, John Brown of Wamphray, is very well known to every student of ... Read More

John Fergushill

'Ho, ye that have no money, come and buy in the poor man's market.'—Rutherford. It makes us think when we find two such men as Samuel Rutherford and John Fergushill falling back for their own souls on a Scripture like this. We naturally think of Scriptures like this as specially sent out to the chie... Read More

John Fleming

'I wish that I could satisfy your desire in drawing up and framing for you a Christian Directory.'—Rutherford. Samuel Rutherford and John Fleming, Bailie of Leith, were old and fast friends. Away back in the happy days when Rutherford was still a student, and was still haunting the back-shop of old ... Read More

John Gordon

Put off a sin or a piece of a sin every day.'—Rutherford. If that gaunt old tower of Cardoness Castle could speak, and would tell us all that went on within its walls, what a treasure to us that story would be! Even the sighs and the moanings that visit us from among its mouldering stones tell us th... Read More

John Gordon of Rusco

'Remember these seven things.'—Rutherford. There were plenty of cold Covenanters, as they were called, in Kirkcudbright in John Gordon's day, but the laird of Rusco was not one of them. Rusco Castle was too near Anwoth Kirk and Anwoth Manse, and its owner had had Samuel Rutherford too long for his m... Read More

John Meine, Student

If you would be a deep divine I recommend you to sanctification.' Rutherford. Old John Meine's shop was a great howf of Samuel Rutherford's all the time of his student life in Edinburgh. Young Rutherford had got an introduction to the Canongate shopkeeper from one of the elders of Jedburgh, and the ... Read More

Joshua Redivivus

'He sent me as a spy to see the land and to try the ford.'— Samuel Rutherford. Samuel Rutherford, the author of the seraphic Letters, was born in the south of Scotland in the year of our Lord 1600. Thomas Goodwin was born in England in the same year, Robert Leighton in 1611, Richard Baxter in 1615, ... Read More

Lady Boyd

'Be sorry at corruption.' —Rutherford. Out of various published and unpublished writings of her day we are able to gather an interesting and impressive picture of Lady Boyd's life and character. But there was a carefully written volume of manuscript that I much fear she must have burned when on her ... Read More

Lady Cardoness

'Think it not easy'—Samuel Rutherford What a lasting interest Samuel Rutherford's pastoral pen has given to the hoary old castle of Cardoness. Those nine so heart-winning letters that Rutherford wrote from Aberdeen to Cardoness Castle will still keep the memory of that old tower green long after its... Read More

Lady Culross

'Grace groweth best in winter.'—Rutherford. Elizabeth Melville was one of the ladies of the Covenant. It was a remarkable feature of a remarkable time in Scotland that so many ladies of birth, intellect and influence were found on the side of the persecuted Covenanters. I do not remember any other p... Read More

Lady Kenmure

'Build your nest, Madam, upon no tree here, for God hath sold this whole forest to death.'—Rutherford. Lady Kenmure was one of the Campbells of Argyll, a family distinguished for the depth of their piety, their public spirit, and their love for the Presbyterian polity; and Lady Jane was one of the m... Read More

Lady Robertland

'That famous saint, the Lady Robertland, and the rare outgates she so often got.'—Livingstone's Characteristics. The Lady Robertland ranks in the Rutherford sisterhood with Lady Kenmure, Lady Culross, Lady Boyd, Lady Cardoness, Lady Earlston, Marion M'Naught and Grizel Fullarton. Lady Robertland, li... Read More

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