THE DUTIES OF CHURCH MEMBERS TO THEIR PASTORS and A PLEA TO PRAY FOR PASTORS
John Angell James (1785-1859) was born on June 6, 1785, and became a student in 1802 at Gospert Academy, Hampshire, under David Bogue. He spent most of his years of ministry at Carr's Lane Chapel in Birmingham. He was a decided Calvinist in doctrine and beautifully balanced his convictions with practical piety in his life and his ministry. He preached and wrote to the common man and woman of every age group and station in life. He was the author of 17 titles, of which the most popular were The Anxious Inquirer and The Church Member's Guide.
He was an humble and unpretentious man, as is evident from his unwillingness to use the title Doctor of Divinity despite the fact that he was honored with this degree by both Glasgow University and Princeton Seminary. John Angell James died on October 1, 1859 and was buried with great honor in a vault in front of the pulpit at Carr's Lane Chapel. Being dead, he yet speaks.
GARDINER SPRING (1785-1873) was the son of the Rev. Samuel Spring, D.D., and was born in Newburyport, Massachusetts, February 24th, 1785. He graduated at Yale College, in 1805. He spent fifteen months as a classical and mathematical teacher, on the island of Bermuda, at the same time pursuing the study of law. For a short time he practiced law in New Haven, Connecticut. Determining to enter the ministry, he entered Andover Theological Seminary, and after eight months’ study he was licensed to preach the gospel. On the 8th of August, 1810, he was installed pastor of the Brick Presbyterian Church in the city of New York. There he continued for more than half a century.
During his long and useful pastorate, he continually used the press as an auxiliary to the preaching of the gospel. Among the more important works which he published are: the "Life of Samuel J. Mills" (1820); "The Sabbath a Blessing to Man," "Internal Evidences of Inspiration" (1826): a "Dissertaion on the Means of Regeneration" (1827); "Fragments from the Study of a Pastor" "The Obligations of the World to the Bible," "The Attractions of the Cross," "the Bible not of Man," "The Power of the Pulpit," "The Mercy Seat," "The Contrast" (1855); "The Mission of Sorrow" (1862); and "Pulpit Ministrations" (1864). Dr. Spring was a graceful and vigorous writer, and some of his works beside their popularity at home, were republished abroad.