For a time, [Nisbet] served as the pastor of the First Presbyterian church on the square of Carlisle, in addition to his educational responsibilities. Once during that ministry, a woman of the congregation announced to him that she thought she could preach as well as he did. So Dr. Nisbet told her that before she would be allowed into the pulpit, she would have to know how to preach. She readily agreed, and was instructed that the average sermon had an introduction, a three point outline, and an application. When she asked him for a text, he responded with Proverbs 21:9, which states, “It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, then with a brawling woman in a wide house.” The woman was indignant, asking whether the pastor thought she was such a woman. Dr. Nisbet replied, “Oh my dear, you are already at the application. You must go back first and deal with the introduction.”
I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share a good joke, and introduce the readers of the ‘house to This Day in Presbyterian History. It’s only been running for 18 days now, so it’s not too late to catch up (starting with Jan 1, the anniversary of Machen’s death).
This Day in Presbyterian History is written by Rev. Dr. David T. Myers, son of Rev. Dr. David K. Myers (whose memoir I helped to publish). Another connection; Charles Nisbet emigrated from Scotland to become the first president of Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA; in the summer of 1992 I taught on the Dickinson Campus for CTY.