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J. Franklyn Norris

      Fundamental Baptist pastor. John Franklyn Norris was born in Dadeville, Alabama. He was graduated from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He was ordained to the ministry in 1899 and soon after began his long, stormy career by serving as editor of The Baptist Standard, the official voice of Texas Baptists. He aided Dr. B.H. Carroll in the founding of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

      In 1909 he accepted the pastorate of the First Baptist Church of Fort Worth and remained there until his death. In 1935 he also accepted the pastorate of Temple Baptist Church, Detroit, Michigan, and held joint pastorates of these two great churches separated geographically 1,300 miles for 15 years. During those years, the combined attendance of both churches, under the leadership of one pastor, constituted the world's largest Sunday School.

      A master pulpiteer, Dr. Norris was a fierce opponent of communism, liberalism, and evolution, and was acclaimed to be one of the twentieth century's outstanding leaders of Bible fundamentalism.

      In 1939, with the aid of Dr. Louis Entzminger, he organized the Bible Baptist Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, an institution which excelled in the training of young preachers in the building of large Sunday Schools and churches. Many of the graduates of this school have built some of the largest churches in America. A friend of world leaders, compassionate soul-winner, and Bible expositor, Dr. Norris died in Keystone, Florida, on August 20, 1952, and was buried in Fort Worth, Texas, on Saturday, August 24, 1952.

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J. Franklyn Norris

A Short Biography of John Franklyn Norris

NORRIS, JOHN FRANKLYN (1877-1952). John Franklyn Norris, fundamentalist Baptist preacher, was born at Dadeville, Alabama, on September 18, 1877, the son of Warner and Mary (Davis) Norris. He and his family moved to Hubbard, Hill County, Texas, in 1881. After graduation he attended Baylor University ... Read More
J. Franklyn Norris

But God

May I invite your attention to a selection which we studied in the lesson this morning, the last chapter of the Book of Genesis: "But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive." As our minds go back over these y... Read More
J. Franklyn Norris

Of one Heart and Soul

Prayer: Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place throughout all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, of ever thou hast formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting thou art God. We confess our helplessness this morning. There is no good thing within us. Our st... Read More
J. Franklyn Norris

The Second Coming of Christ

DR. NORRIS: I want us this morning to sit down together just a little bit, and talk to you on a very important question. I submit two passages of Scripture, one if found in the fourteenth chapter of Zachariah; one that I didn't know was in the Word of God until I had been preaching for twenty years.... Read More

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