Library Gift -- By: Anonymous
The Library of Central Baptist Theological Seminary of Minneapolis is the recipient of a set of commentaries (28 volumes on 51 books of the Bible) by the noted Bible teacher and author. Dr. H. A. Ironside. Loizeaux Brothers, publishers of the volumes, have made this gift from a recent legacy in the hope that it will introduce today’s students to a “master teacher” of an earlier generation, and further establish them in a knowledge of the Scriptures.
The legacy which made the gift to the Library possible came from the estate of Paul Loizeaux Keachie, a businessman whose interest in Christian literature, and especially in the ministry of Loizeaux Brothers, was lifelong. After his retirement from business in Detroit, he resided in Santa Barbara, California, until his death in 1973.
Henry Allan Ironside, who has been called “the twentieth century prince of expositors,” began as a poor boy. His classes stopped with grammar school, but his “education” continued as long as he lived. He learned through reading, and he read constantly and widely, until his scholarship was recognized even in academic circles. Beginning three days after his conversion at age fourteen, he preached for over 60 years, 18 of them as pastor of Chicago’s famous Moody Memorial Church. He was a prolific writer, contributing regularly to various religious periodicals and journals. More than 80 of his books and pamphlets have been published, Bible expositions so clear and easy to understand that hundreds of thousands owe their knowledge of God’s Word to his writings. His portrait hangs in the Christian Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Dr. Ironside died while on a preaching tour in New Zealand in 1951, but his books still share his unique grasp of Scripture with all who read them.
Loizeaux Brothers, Inc., of Neptune, New Jersey, publishers of the Ironside volumes and other Christian literature, will soon be observing their 100th anniversary, just half the age of the United States. The original “brothers,” Paul and Timothy Loizeaux, started in a small way in Vinton, Iowa, in 1876, but three years later moved to New York City, where the firm remained until moving to New Jersey in 1963. Members of the third generation of the family now head the company.
Loizeaux Brothers’ Publishing ministry began with the noted author, C. H. Mackintosh, whose works are still much in demand. Dr. Ironside has been the firm’s most prolific author, whose books Loizeaux began publishing in 1905, books which continue to be best sellers, having sold over one million copies.
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