ISAAC ERRETT was born in the city of New York. His immediate parents were both of Protestant families, and became identified with the Disciples in New York City as early as 1811--the father being an elder in the original Church in that place.
He commenced preaching in the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in the spring of 1840, and soon gave promise of the distinguished position as a preacher of the Gospel.
His ministerial labors had been divided between the work of an evangelist and pastor. He was pastor of a church in Pittsburgh three years; New Lisbon, Ohio, five years; North Bloomfield, Ohio, two years; Warren, Ohio, five years; Muir and Ionia, Michigan, eight years; and Detroit, Michigan, two years. He removed to Warren, Ohio, in 1851, and, while there, was Corresponding Secretary of the Ohio Missionary Society three years; and it was he who first put that society into systematic and active operation.
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"I was glad to learn, from a recent number of the Christian Standard, that you propose to give a course of essays on what your people call "First Principles." Permit me to express the hope that you will begin soon, and that you will not forget your promise to make them plain and easy to be understood. I assure you there is great need of plain and s ...read
Opportunity and Opposition
An Address Delivered, May 23, 1871
"For a great and effectual door is opened unto me; and there are many adversaries."--1 Cor. 16:9.
IN Scripture style, and indeed in classic style, "door," in its metaphorical use, often signifies an opportunity. Thus (Acts 14:27) Paul and Barnabas, on returning from their first missionary tour, related to th ...read
OUR POSITION: A brief statement of the plea for a return to the Gospel and the Church of Apostolic Times, urged by the people known as Disciples of Christ.
In answer to numerous inquiries and requests, we deem it advisable to set forth, in brief and direct terms, a statement of the position and aims of the Disciples in their pl ...read
IT does not need to be argued here that the second chapter of Acts contains a record of the first sermon that announced a complete redemption; the first accomplishment of the promised mission of the Holy Spirit to convict sinners and comfort saints (John 16:7-14); the first authoritative announcement of Jesus as Lord and Christ; the first publicati ...read
The First Petition
EVERY careful reader of the New Testament will have learned that the narratives of Matthew, Mark and Luke, are largely occupied with teachings and preachings concerning the Kingdom of Heaven. There are four distinct ministers--those of John, Jesus, the Twelve, and the Seventy--whose special object is, the announcement of a Kingdom, heavenly in its ...read
The Law of Progressive Development
"And he said, So is the Kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground, and should sleep and rise, night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how. For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first, the blade; then the ear: after that, the full corn in the ear. But when the fruit is brought forth, immedia ...read