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temporal and spiritual welfare and felt the influence of his sanctity
and sweet and attractive humility. He often visited students in their
rooms and was always gladly received. During his ministry the
religious atmosphere of the College was healthy and ennobling.
Dr. J. W. Lynch had graduated from the College with the degree of
Master of Arts in June, 1888; the next year he had been a student at
the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and since that time had
served ten years as pastor of the Danville, Kentucky, Baptist Church.
As a student Lynch had been brilliant; perhaps no editor of the Wake
Forest Student excelled him in the witty flashes of his brief articles in
"In and About College," and in the force of his timely editorial
leaders. He had also been Anniversary debater and orator of the
Euzelian Literary Society, and had served the Perry's Chapel and Flat
Rock churches as pastor. His reputation as a preacher in Kentucky
had preceded him in reaching Wake Forest, and he well maintained it
when he had come. His sermons were models of scriptural exposition,
full of striking epigrams, often with something of the poetic and
mystic, and always clear in their moral and religious teaching. And
they were never without a personal touch and interest. As a young
man he spoke as a young man, but after he was married he knew how
to choose texts that permitted an exposition of the beautiful and
sacred relations of husband and wife; and when his children came his
sermons took on the new freshness of happy babyhood and childhood.
With all their brilliancy his sermons were in harmony with the teach-
ings of Baptists as to New Testament truth; the moral and religious
purpose was not forgotten in them. The faculty and friends of the
College were well satisfied; here was a preacher who represented the
Baptists at their best; Lynch was just the kind of preacher a Christian
college ought to have; there was no room for agnosticism and caviling
at religion when it was upheld by a man of such ability and
scholarship. During Lynch's pastorate the thought and aspirations of
the students came to have a spiritual and religious quality.
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