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Reporting on Biographies

James A. Bryan grew up in rural South Carolina and moved to North Carolina at the age of fourteen for more education. Then, God made it possible for Bryan to attend and graduate from Princeton University. In 1889 he arrived in the young city of Birmingham to pastor the Third Presbyterian Church. Indeed, he became a pastor to the city of Birmingham itself.

To see how this happened, follow a day in the life of Brother Bryan of Birmingham (Chapter 5 His Daily Round):

5:30 a.m. – a younger preacher filling in for Brother Bryan’s regular driver arrived at Bryan’s home.

6:00 a.m. – they arrived for Pastor Bryan to preach to workers at a transfer company.

6:30 a.m. – Breakfast at a Greek Restaurant provided free for Brother Bryan and anyone who accompanied him. Before leaving Brother Bryan prayed for the staff at the restaurant.

7:00 a.m.-Fire Station # 4 – Brief preaching session to the firefighters.

7:45 a.m. – WKBC – Radio Station Morning Devotions – Brother Bryan sang a few lines of “Take Time to Be Holy,” prayed and spoke from Isaiah and then closed in prayer.

8:15 a.m. — Pick up donations of fruit, bread and broth for those who would listen to a message at the church later that morning. Called his wife to recount his activities and to ask about things at home and if anyone had called requesting a wedding or funeral.

9:00 a.m. — Fire Station # 1 – Brief preaching session with the firefighters.

9:30 a.m. WBRC – Commercial Radio Station with greatest reach in Birmingham. 30 minutes of preaching time.

10:00 a.m. Spoke to a women’s group about his trip to Nazareth.

10:45 a.m. At the church – checked in with Mrs. Bryan; by phone learned of the sick; thanked a friend for food; encouraged a man – ending each conversation with prayer.

11:30 a.m. Spoke to the homeless who had gathered for a meal.

12:00 p.m. Drove home for the meal Mrs. Bryan had prepared for them.

2:00 p.m. Hospital visit; home visit; pick up weekly donation of a piece of meat from butcher.

3:30 p.m. Fire Station # 7 – spoke to the Firefighters

4:00 – 5:15 p.m. various sections of the Jail as “City Chaplain.”

5:30 p.m. Checked in at Church to inquire if anyone had requested funeral or marriage.

6:00 p.m. Supper at a restaurant – again anyone who accompanies Brother Bryan pays nothing.

6:50 p.m. Tarrant City Hall – spoke to firemen.

7:30 p.m. Church meeting

8:30 p.m. Bid goodnight to “chauffeur.”