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Preaching on the Plains, by David K. Myers, D.D. – Table of Contents

In Uncategorized on June 4, 2010 at 10:58 pm

One of the real joys and blessings at the PCA Historical Center earlier this year was donation of the autobiography of the Rev. David K. Myers, D.D., by his son, the Rev. David T. Myers.  The work is lengthy, 547 pages in all, and I don’t know that this is necessarily the best format in which to display the whole work, but for now I would like to begin posting at least the first several chapters.  One of the greatest values to come from reading a biography like this is the reminder of what it cost an earlier generation to stand for the Gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ alone.

Preaching on the Plains, by David K. Myers, D.D. (1983)
© PCA Historical Center, 2010.  All Rights Reserved.

CHAPTER INDEX

I.  First preaching; Nova Scotia
II.  Family Roots; conversion
III.  Early training; discipline by a faithful mother
IV.  Through High School; “Billy” Sunday revivals
V.  Wheaton College; spiritual effect in the 1920’s; Call to Christian service
VI.  Princeton Theological Seminary; mighty scholarship in men of faith;modernist-fundamentalist controversies; a godly Nova Scotia elder R. P. Soley
VII.  A student-pastor in Fairview, Montana, and Watford City, North Dakota;neophyte in the northern Plains; Lower Yellowstone Valley
VIII.  Other young men preaching: James L. Rohrbaugh, Henry Atkinson
IX.  Reverend E.E. Matteson, pastor-evangelist; his life and ministry
X.  Two more Princeton men: Samuel J. Allen, Chester Diehl; godly laymen and other ministers
XI.  Last year at Princeton; George S. Green Fellowship in Old Testament Literature; Dr. Robert Dick Wilson, defender of the Faith; Dr. J. Gresham Machen; Princeton controversy. Encounter on a Western train with a Biblical critic
XII.  Ordination in Miles City; my unexpected struggle in spiritual darkness
XIII.   New duties as a pastor; Young People’s Bible Camp. Elim Camp and Lower Yellowstone Bible Conference, and ‘Big Opening’; a clean sweep
XIV.  The ‘gift’ of the Evangelist; its use in revivals of the early 1930s. First meeting with E.E. Matteson; Watford City, North Dakota; Fairview, Montana
XV.  The Bannon-Haven murder case; Conversion of Charles Bannon; a lynching; Was Charles Bannon saved?
XVI.  Drought years; Frank B. Gigliotti, “the Injun Kid”; rodeos
XVII.  Overseas to Edinburgh; a short Thesis on Verbal Inspiration; full thesis assigned in the Ph.D. program; open air meetings; marriage
XVIII. Adventures; trips driving in the dry years. Former Texas trail herd man converted before dying; “Why Don’t We Get Rain?”; Grasshoppers
XIX.  A mighty revival with E.E. Matteson; six weeks of meetings in Beulah, North Dakota; First Convert in DVBS; a child’s dying testimony; preaching to children
XX.  Enlarged ministry, Lemmon, South Dakota, Lemmon Bible Presbyterian Church, organized November, 1936. Why Fundamentalists separated. Experiences in this.  Sam Allen, A.B. Dodd
XXI.  Growth in Lemmon field; Herb Sandren’s conversion; near tragedy on a strange road in snow; Children’s prayer answered
XXII.  Tabernacle built in Lemmon; Revivals; Reactions of ‘Plains’ people
XXIII.   Transportation for the preacher; horse and buggy; “Billie G.”; trains; autodriving; light plane; adventures
XXIV.  Driving in a blizzard; to Rapid City in the snow; Adventures in tithing
XXV.  Revivals traveling a winter with E.E. Matteson; singer, song leaderXXVI. Evangelism in a pastorate. Needed attributes for a pastor; duties for an evangelistic program. Growth in Lemmon. Use of the “Press”
XXVII.  Overseas again; open air work in a foreign city; conversion in Lemmon of the Even Evensons; Nichol Whitley
XXVIII.  Divisions from the Separated Movement; reasons for; Sam Allen’s last yearsXXIX. Life as an army chaplain
XXX.  More of Army Life
XXXI.  Faith Theological Seminary; Recent church history. Back to civilian pastoring. Last trip through northern Plains
XXXII.  Epilogue

CHAPTER INDEX

I. First preaching; Nova Scotia 1

II. Family Roots; conversion 9

III. Early training; discipline by a faithful mother 16

IV. Through High School; “Billy” Sunday revivals 21

V. Wheaton College; spiritual effect in the 1920’s; Call to Christian service 28

VI. Princeton Theological Seminary; mighty scholarship in men of faith;

modernist-fundamentalist controversies; a godly Nova Scotia elder

R. P. Soley 32

VII. A student-pastor in Fairview, Montana, and Watford City, North Dakota;

neophyte in the northern Plains; Lower Yellowstone Valley 39

VIII. Other young men preaching: James L. Rohrbaugh, Henry Atkinson 43

IX. Reverend E.E. Matteson, pastor-evangelist; his life and ministry 48

X. Two more Princeton men: Samuel J. Allen, Chester Diehl; godly laymen

and other ministers 56

XI. Last year at Princeton; George S. Green Fellowship in Old Testament

Literature; Dr. Robert Dick Wilson, defender of the Faith; Dr. J. Gresham

Machen; Princeton controversy. Encounter on a Western train with a

Biblical critic 70

XII. Ordination in Miles City; my unexpected struggle in spiritual darkness 86

XIII. New duties as a pastor; Young People’s Bible Camp. Elim Camp and Lower

Yellowstone Bible Conference, and ‘Big Opening’; a clean sweep 92

XIV. The ‘gift’ of the Evangelist; its use in revivals of the early 1930s. First

meeting with E.E. Matteson; Watford City, North Dakota; Fairview,

Montana 101

XV. The Bannon-Haven murder case; Conversion of Charles Bannon;

a lynching; Was Charles Bannon saved? 109

XVI. Drought years; Frank B. Gigliotti, “the Injun Kid”; rodeos 123

XVII. Overseas to Edinburgh; a short Thesis on Verbal Inspiration; full thesis

assigned in the Ph.D. program; open air meetings; marriage 133

XVIII. Adventures; trips driving in the dry years. Former Texas trail herd man

converted before dying; “Why Don’t We Get Rain?”; Grasshoppers 146

XIX. A mighty revival with E.E. Matteson; six weeks of meetings in Beulah,

North Dakota; First Convert in DVBS; a child’s dying testimony;

preaching to children 155

XX. Enlarged ministry, Lemmon, South Dakota, Lemmon Bible Presbyterian

Church, organized November, 1936. Why Fundamentalists separated.

Experiences in this. Sam Allen, A.B. Dodd 165

XXI. Growth in Lemmon field; Herb Sandren’s conversion; near tragedy on a

strange road in snow; Children’s prayer answered 177

XXII. Tabernacle built in Lemmon; Revivals; Reactions of ‘Plains’ people 182

XXIII. Transportation for the preacher; horse and buggy; “Billie G.”; trains;

autodriving; light plane; adventures 196

XXIV. Driving in a blizzard; to Rapid City in the snow; Adventures in tithing 215

XXV. Revivals traveling a winter with E.E. Matteson; singer, song leader 228

XXVI. Evangelism in a pastorate. Needed attributes for a pastor; duties for an

evangelistic program. Growth in Lemmon. Use of the “Press” 238

XXVII. Overseas again; open air work in a foreign city; conversion in Lemmon

of the Even Evensons; Nichol Whitley 246

XXVIII. Divisions from the Separated Movement; reasons for; Sam Allen’s last years 259

XXIX. Life as an army chaplain 276

XXX. More of Army Life 289

XXXI. Faith Theological Seminary; Recent church history. Back to civilian

pastoring. Last trip through northern Plains 308

XXXII. Epilogue 325

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