"I went to Jerusalem to become acquainted (Gk. istoria) with Cephas" - Paul's words from Galatians 1:18.

The 1899 Inaugural Address of E.Y. Mullins

...I believe the forty-years of the Seminary's history will bear me out in the statement that it has stood for the irenic spirit. When I was a student the impression made upon me by my honored teachers all of whom have passed to their heavenly reward, save the one for whose brow as woven a few evenings ago a chaplet of love and admiration, was to follow the words of the Apostle, "As much as in you lieth, live peaceably wit all men." I can see in my mental vision the picture of the incomparable Broadus upon one occasion, in a great and divided religious convention, stepping to the edge of the platform and commanding a hush upon the babel of voices as he proposed the following hymn:

"E'er since by faith I saw the stream
Thy flowing wounds supply,
Redeeming love has been my theme,
And shall be till I die.”

If the spirits of those illustrious dead could be present with us this evening, I believe they would join with me in the wish that “The God of Peace who brought again from the dead that great Shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the everlasting covenant, even our Lord Jesus Christ, make us perfect in every good work to do His will, working in us that which is well pleasing in His sight, to whom be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.”

Source: Biblical Recorder
Date: October 18, 1899


Anonymous said...


Charles Stearns

Alycelee said...

Wonderful, encouraging word to start the day with.
Thanks Wade

Robert Hutchinson said...

great text. one of my favorite.

"...working in us that which is well pleasing in his sight."

what pleases God?

the author gives the answer through his description of God. "The God of Peace..."

Dave Samples said...


I am encouraged by the emphasis that President Page is placing on prayer in our San Antonio meeting. May the Holy Spirit who alone can unify bring us together around the cross in brokenness for the lost. I, for one, will be praying throughout the coming week that our convention would be marked, not by fighting and politics, but rather by weeping and brokenness. Come, Holy Spirit!

Mike Ruffin said...


Our church moderator is an attorney who is also a great folk philosopher.

One of the sayings that he constantly uses is, "That which unites us is stronger than that which divides us."

I say "Amen" to him and "Amen" to Mullins.

Lee said...

I'll be joining you in that prayer.

peter lumpkins said...


Once again, I must say thank you for publicizing the legendary Mullins. Too often he has been villified as a poster-boy of incipient Liberialism in our Convention.

Grace for tomorrow's preaching. With that, I am...


Shamgar said...

I read it - I guess I don't follow what you meant in your other comment to me...maybe I'm just being dense. :-(

It doesn't help that I made two posts close together and I'm not sure which you were replying to.

Anonymous said...

It's kind of sad that writng like this will generate so few comments. I guess it didn't make enough people mad.


davidinflorida said...

"and there will be one flock and one Shepherd..." in the sririt of John 10:16..

David R. Mills said...

Wade: I am so so sorry that you do not understand the real fundamentalist. It is because of this convictional movement years ago that makes it possible for you to do what you do. For the life of me I do not see the "BIG' hangup with the fundamentals for today written by Feinberg, and published by Kregel. If your argument is against the method or implimentation of Biblical truth then that is another issue, but why put all fundamentalist in the same camp? That is unfair!!!!, and downright wrong.

Wade Burleson said...

David Mills,

I affirm the fundamentals of the faith, but will always resist Fundamentalism (mean-spirited demands for conformity on tertiary doctrines).