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Title: James Allen Smith sermons
Dates: 1978-1990
Accession Number(s): 1993-001
Extent: 4.5 inches
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Austin Seminary Archives at the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

Biographical Note: James Allen Smith (1928-1993) was a Presbyterian minister in Texas and Arkansas. Smith was born in Houston, Texas but raised in Chinkiang, China by his missionary parents. The family returned to the states in 1940 and Smith went to the University of Texas at Austin to study English and Greek in 1945. He earned his Master’s of Divinity from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 1952 and his Doctor of Ministry from the same institution in 1988. He served churches in Refugio, Texas (1953-1956), LaMarque, Texas (1956-1962), and Sherman, Texas (1962-1967) before serving as the campus minister for Austin College (1967-1975), where he also earned a Doctor of Divinity degree (1976). In 1975 he became the pastor at the Second Presbyterian Church of Little Rock, Arkansas, where he served until his death in 1992.

Scope and Contents: This collection consists of first, second and, in some cases, third drafts of sermons as edited for the book A Sovereignty of Grace: A Collection of Sermons by J. Allen Smith. These sermons were all originally preached by Smith at the Second Presbyterian Church of Little Rock, Arkansas. The sermons were transcribed and edited by Victor A. Fleming from original recordings of the sermons as given by Smith. Fleming donated the manuscripts to the Austin Seminary Archives in 1992.

Restrictions: Materials are available by appointment only. Contact the archivist for details.

Index Terms:
Smith, James Allen, 1928-1993.
Second Presbyterian Church (Little Rock, Ark.)
Sermons, American.

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Preferred Citation: James Allen Smith sermons, 1978-1990, Austin Seminary Archives, Stitt Library, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary


Box Number:
B062   Sermons:
       “The ‘All in All’ Doctrine of Hell,” February 23, 1986
       “Beyond the Call,” August 22, 1982
       “Blessed are the Peacemakers,” December 9, 1979
       “The Bottom Line,” June 18, 1986
       “Do Not be Afraid,” undated
       “Growing: The Evolutionary Christian Experience,” December 29, 1985
       “Help!,” August 1, 1983
       “In Praise of Weakness,” May 20, 1990
       “Is it I?,” March 18, 1990
       “Jesus is Lord,” April 17, 1988
       “The Light and Warmth of the World,” December 2, 1984
       “Masks,” undated
       “The Master of Interruptions,” July 29, 1984
       “Middle-age Musing,” April 30, 1978
       “The Moral Dilemma of Abortion,” February 11, 1990
       “Never Give Up,” August 28, 1988
       “On the Way,” January 17, 1982
       “Patience,” undated
       “Peace, but Pain,” December 12, 1982
       “The Real Joy of Christmas,” December 20, 1980
       “Take Up Your Cross,” March 20, 1983
       “Walls,” August 12, 1990
       “When the Well Runs Dry,” August 21, 1983
       “A Woman’s Place,” August 26, 1979

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