preliminary copy of Presbyterians in Ireland, a Historical
Encyclopaedia, was on display at First Lisburn Presbyterian
Church last Sunday morning. This most impressive book is an
attractive illustrated history of the Irish Presbyterians, who
they were, where they came from, their identity and ethos, their
theological and political conflicts, their personalities,
their congregations and churches, what they have done and are
continuing to do at home and abroad in their obedience to Christ
and His Gospel.
Five chapters tell the story of
Presbyterians in Ireland since the 17th century to
the present day. The second main section contains a thumb-nail
history and a photograph of every Presbyterian church in the
The author is Dr. Laurence Kirkpatrick,
Professor of Church History at Union Theological Seminary. The
352 pages contain over one thousand full colour illustrations,
many of these being photographs by the Rev. Dr. Gordon Gray,
Minister Emeritus of First Lisburn.
The cost is £25. It is
being marketed only through congregations, by pre-order. To
reserve your copy, contact your local Presbyterian Church Office
Secretary or Minister.