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  • TFRStaff 4:28 am on 2016-11-29 Permalink | Reply
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    Hugh’s News & Views (Gus Nichols’ Letter) 


    Following is a letter the late great gospel preacher Gus Nichols (1892-1975) wrote to his family at home in Jasper, AL during a meeting in which he was preaching in Montgomery, AL in 1938. It is a graphic description of the electrocution of two criminals at Kilby Prison, an Alabama state penitentiary in Montgomery. Leonard Johnson (mentioned in the letter) was co-founder of Montgomery Bible College, later Alabama Christian College, now Faulkner University. I assume brother Johnson was the local preacher where brother Nichols was conducting the meeting. I am indebted to Larry Whitehead of Birmingham, AL, editor of The Alabama Restoration Journal (currently in a state of suspension), for sharing this letter with me. I will alert the faint of heart that it is a horrifying description of what brothers Nichols and Johnson witnessed so many years ago. Too, this particular edition of “News & Views” is about twice as long as usual, but I did not want to divide the letter into two parts. It is as follows: (More …)

  • Weylan Deaver 2:23 pm on 2011-03-29 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Gus Nichols, Harding Graduate School, , Thomas Warren   

    Thanks to a brother I’ve not met who found it and sent me a copy, I listened today to a forum that took place in November 1973 at the Harding Graduate School of Religion in Memphis between my grandfather (Roy C. Deaver) and Gus Nichols. The question was: “Can the guilty party, put away for fornication, scripturally remarry?” Nichols said “yes” and Deaver said “no.” I was five years old back then, so–thanks to modern technology–it was great to be able to hear him defending truth in his prime (about age 51). Thomas B. Warren was in the audience and, when it came time for the Q&A session, he really held Nichols’ feet to the fire, as well.

    • Glenda Williams 5:15 pm on 2011-03-29 Permalink | Reply

      Very interesting. I’m glad that you were able to obtain this and hear it.

    • Michael Carter 6:38 am on 2011-03-30 Permalink | Reply

      Wow! I would love to hear that!

    • Stanley Adams 9:59 am on 2011-03-30 Permalink | Reply

      Hello Weylan, is this tape going to be made available? I believe that I was in the audience that day. Would love to hear it.

      Stan Adams, Memphis TN

    • Weylan Deaver 11:57 am on 2011-03-30 Permalink | Reply

      As far as I know, the fellow who sent it to me simply contacted Harding Grad School and they sent him a copy. I assume they would do the same for others who requested it. Makes you wonder what else they have in the archives…

  • Weylan Deaver 7:02 pm on 2010-06-09 Permalink | Reply
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    When brother [Gus] Nichols preaches, it is obvious to the hearer that here is a man who is not just keeping an appointment. It is apparent that he knows the difference between having to say something and in having something to say.

    Roy C. Deaver, Biblical Notes, November 1972, p. 73
    • Jim 7:06 pm on 2010-06-09 Permalink | Reply

      I hadn’t heard that name in years but it brings back great memories. Gus’ daughter, Vodie, was the wife of our preacher when I was growing up.

    • Mike Riley 7:20 pm on 2010-06-09 Permalink | Reply

      Weylan, I agree 100% with Bro. Deaver’s assessment of Bro. Nichol’s preaching ability. My grandmother used to talk about Bro. Nichols all of the time. She heard many of his sermons. Here are just a few of them (scroll down page):


      • John Henson 8:14 pm on 2010-06-09 Permalink | Reply

        His sermon outlines (which I still have) taught me how to preach.

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