by Clarence E. Macartney

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Alas! For It Was Borrowed
Clarence E. Macartney
2 Kings 6:5

The story of Elisha gives the first mention in history
of a school or college of any kind. It was a school of
the prophets, where they studied the queen of
sciences, the science of God, theology.

It takes more than timber, or brick, or stone, to make
a college, or a school of the prophets. President
James A. Garfield was a graduate of Williams College.
At a meeting once of the alumni of New York he said
that his idea of the equipment and endowment of a
college was a log in the woods with a student and a
book at one end and Mark Hopkins, the celebrated
Williams president, at the other.

On the banks of the Neshaminy Creek, some twenty miles
out from Philadelphia, there is a memorial stone which
marks the site of the "Log College" founded by William
Tennent. The inscription on the stone tells you that
out of the Log College, established early in the
eighteenth century, came fifty and more colleges,
commencing with Princeton. The great soul hunter,
George Whitefield, visited this school of the prophets
and said it made him think of the school of the
prophets over which Elisha presided. It was a rude log
building, but it had a great teacher, William Tennent.

On the banks of Service Creek, on the south side of
Beaver County, there is a monument marking the site
and the home of a Scottish, Edinburgh-trained minister
who there gathered together a few young men and
trained them in the languages of the Scriptures and in
divinity. It was just a crude wilderness building, but
it had a great teacher, John Anderson. The school that
he taught there, still existing today under the name
of the Pittsburgh Xenia Theological Seminary, is the
third oldest in America.

On what used to be the campus of Jefferson College at
Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, stands a small log building
with great memories. It was the Log ...

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