Category Archives: Church History

Lipscomb Lecture on Pacifism and Nashville Churches

I’ll be presenting at the Lipscomb Lectures (Summer Celebration) this year again on an aspect of the history of Nashville Churches of Christ. As with the last two years, I’ll be presenting alongside John Mark Hicks, Mac Ice and Chris … Continue reading

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Polk and McCalla

My wife and I are slowly making our way through biographies of the American presidents in successive order. Currently, we are on the 11th president, which is Tennessee’s own James K. Polk. For this biography, we are reading from The American … Continue reading

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Shacklett Church of Christ Preaching Appointment

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Recently, I had a preaching appointment at Shacklett Church of Christ in Kingston Springs on Highway 70S. It was a nice group and I was encouraged by worshipping with them. I managed to snap a couple of pictures while I … Continue reading

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2014 Lipscomb Lectures

It’s that time of year again. Lipscomb’s Summer Celebration is here. It’s what happens when a lectureship throws a party (ok, so the name makes me laugh a little). I’ll be speaking again this year on the history of Nashville … Continue reading

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Objections to the Herald of Truth

While there was a great deal of excitement over the Herald of Truth program, it was not free from opposition. In the 1950s and 60s, critics remained in the minority, but they were vocal and intense in their objections. If it … Continue reading

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Excitement Over Herald of Truth

As a followup to my last post of a letter received by my grandfather in 1970 from the Herald of Truth, I thought I might mention some thoughts on the program. It certainly played a prominent role in defining the … Continue reading

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Herald of Truth Letter

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I have been going through my files during the move, and I came across a Herald of Truth letter of my grandfather from 1970. The letter is from Batsell Barrett Baxter on behalf of the 5th and Highland Church in … Continue reading

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FEW Jr on Church and Home

Foy E. Wallace, Jr. was forcefully making a cogent, non-institutional argument before widespread debating on the issue took place. He wasn’t the first, but he probably honed and articulated the argument as well as anyone else. He would later denounce … Continue reading

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History of Churches of Christ

One of my research interests lately has been to consider the history of Churches of Christ, particularly in the 20th century. Many people pinpoint their existence as a separate group from the Disciples of Christ in 1906, although they certainly … Continue reading

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2013 Summer Celebration

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I do not write as regularly as I would like on this blog, but I have determined that that is the way that it is going to be until I become independently wealthy and quit my regular job. I’m still … Continue reading

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Eastland Church on Truth Magazine Cover

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The Eastland congregation appeared in May 29, 1975 issue of Truth Magazine. The church existed for nearly 50 years, beginning in 1948 and closing its doors in 1995. The building was located in east Nashville on the corner of Gallatin … Continue reading

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Millersville Church on Truth Magazine Cover

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In the 1970s, Truth Magazine solicited a picture and a brief narrative of churches from the readers. The picture would usually run on the cover, and a small write-up of the history and work of the congregation would be put … Continue reading

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Broadmoor Elders

Elders were never appointed while the group met on Ewing Lane, but soon after the church moved to the building on Broadmoor, they named four men to serve as the initial elders for the group. The following men have served … Continue reading

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Those Preaching Douthitts

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If you are reading any religious literature (journals, congregational and gospel meeting notices, debates, etc.) among churches of Christ from the mid-20th century, you will likely come across “those preaching Douthitts.” Ira, Cecil and Boone were all active preachers within … Continue reading

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Lately – April 2013

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I thought I might provide a quick note about some of my studies lately. Sermons I am continuing to preach on a regular basis. When it comes to sermon topic selection, my normal practice lately has been to preach on … Continue reading

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