Hugh’s News & Views (Some Great Leaders . . . Pt. 3)

SOME GREAT LEADERS OF THE RESTORATION MOVEMENT

(Part 3)

Here are the remaining three vignettes in this series of some of the great leaders of the Restoration Movement. The numbering sequence continues from the two preceding articles. Continue reading

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Hugh’s News & Views (Some Great Leaders . . . Pt. 2)

SOME GREAT LEADERS OF THE RESTORATION MOVEMENT

(Part 2)

Below are vignettes of three more great leaders of the Restoration Movement. The numbering sequence continues from last week. Continue reading

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Hugh’s News & Views (Some Great Leaders . . . Pt. 1)

SOME GREAT LEADERS OF THE RESTORATION MOVEMENT

(Part 1)

In the movement to bring about a restoration of original, apostolic, undenominational Christianity—Christianity as it existed in New Testament times—there are literally hundreds of men who stand out as stalwart leaders. Over the next three weeks (D.V.) we shall provide vignettes of nine of them, three per week. Continue reading

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Hugh’s News & Views (Humble Beginnings)

HUMBLE BEGINNINGS

In the Millennial Harbinger of January 1842 (Volume VI, Number I), Alexander Campbell, one of the leading voices in pleading for a restoration of original New Testament Christianity, looked back to the earliest days of the movement and gave a recap of a sermon he preached “under an oak” some eight miles from Bethany, Virginia (now West Virginia) in June of 1811 when he was 22 years old. Below are excerpts from the article by Campbell in which he gives the background to his sermon titled “Humble Beginnings.” Following that are excerpts from the sermon itself in which Campbell set forth some of the principles upon which he and others were launching out in the establishment of an independent congregation based on the New Testament alone. This was before any of the group had come to be immersed. (“We were all then Pedobaptists,” Campbell acknowledges, meaning they had been sprinkled as infants or very young children), thus indicating the infancy of the movement. Excerpts are in Campbell’s own words (as well as his spelling and punctuation), not the words of some Restoration Movement historian giving his spin, twist, or “interpretation” of what Campbell wrote and said about the event. Continue reading

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Hugh’s News & Views (Lime Green Cars)

HUGH’S NEWS & VIEWS

LIME GREEN CARSAND SAME-SEX MARRIAGE

For several years I have been a member of an internet discussion group dedicated to a study of the history of the Restoration Movement, a movement that began in the early 1800s and that has as its aim a return to the Bible alone as the authority in religion and a restoration of the church as set forth on the pages of the New Testament. We are a diverse group, made up of a wide range of people whose notions about what it means to restore and be the New Testament church in the present age are by no means uniform. In addition to our main objective, we sometimes wander far a-field into other areas that are interesting to talk about but have little direct bearing on our main purpose. We have been known, for example, to discuss where the best barbeque is to be found (North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Texas); foods unique to different parts of the country; which college football conference is the best (as if there is any real question about that!); favorite Christmas music; moves, retirements, birthdays, anniversaries, travel plans, and speaking engagements of various group members; what it means to be chic; what it means to be a part of the “Old Guard” elite, as well as a host of other matters. All in all, we have a lot of fun, and as one of my old college professors, W. Claude Hall, used to say, “If one is not careful, one will learn something!”

A few weeks ago in a rather rhetorical fashion, I asked, “If some of the early leaders of the Restoration Movement men such as Thomas and Alexander Campbell, Barton W. Stone, Walter Scott, “Raccoon” John Smith, and Samuel Rogers, or later leaders such as David Lipscomb and T. B. Larimore, should return to the scene today what might be their reaction toward homosexuality and the growing phenomenon of same-sex marriage?”

One list member was quite forthright to say that he had no doubt but that they would be greatly shocked by these things.

Imagine my surprise, however, when he went on to say that if Henry Ford should come back today he also would be greatly shocked to find that the cars marketed under his name were being sold in colors such as lime green rather than the uniformly black of Ford’s day.

I find it utterly amazing that anyone would make what Moses the prophet of God called an abomination (Leviticus 18:22; 20:13) and what Paul the inspired apostle of Christ labeled as being that which “is against nature” (Romans 1:26-27) analogous to lime green cars! I hardly see how it would be possible for anyone to more egregiously trivialize such a serious moral matter! Lime green cars and same-sex marriage on an equal level?!

Recently, Desmond Tutu, former Archbishop (Anglican Church of South Africa) of Cape Town, made international headlines when he went on record as saying he would not worship a homophobic God, would “refuse to go to a homophobic heaven,” and, instead, would choose “the other place.”

I wonder how long the Bishop would have to be in “the other place” before he decided that he would like to leave that place and be allowed to enter the “homophobic heaven”! Has he ever read the story told by Jesus and recorded in Luke 16:19-31? Continue reading

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One of the people I want to be like

Over on the Gospel Progress site, I honor a college professor and friend born on this day, who passed away over a decade ago. It’s good to recall such spiritual influences on our lives. He’s one of the people I want to be like: calm, thoughtful, wise, even-keeled, peaceful.

• G. Campbell Morgan once preached on John 12.36. (See his The Westminster Pulpit, vol. IX, chap. XXII.) His approach prompted this little short outline—the key words are mine—that might just serve for a class or sermon:

  1. Opportunity: “While you have the light.”
  2. Invitation: “believe in the light.”
  3. Outcome: “that you may become sons of light.”

Reckon that’ll preach?

• Campbell cites part of a poem by Thomas Whytehead. I retouched just a part of what he cited.

The world as a whole,
Like a parched, ancient scroll,
Shall before my amazed sight uproll,
Without smoke or screen,
At one burst will be seen,
The Presence wherein I have been.

• Don’t miss Mac Deaver’s somewhat lengthy, but deserving, article, “Flawed from the Beginning,” published today on Biblical Notes. Excellent material that deserves careful study. His thesis:

… early on there were flaws in the thinking of some who were most engaged in the effort at “restoration.” There was a (1) hermeneutical flaw regarding the place of deduction in discerning the pattern of authority, (2) an epistemological flaw, therefore, that did not allow for clear distinction between matters of faith and matters of opinion, and (3) there was the willingness of some involved in the formative period of “restoration” thought to spiritually fellowship other religious people who had never obeyed the gospel, which rendered the whole effort at restoration suspicious.

• Barbara Anne has been in Costa Rica for a week or so now, is getting herself set up for several months of work there. She says she’s not seen any of the Jurassic Park dinosaurs popping up. I’m sure she’d appreciate a prayer or two. Among other things, she’ll teach English as an evangelistic outreach, and already has two requests.

• The Jurassic conversation came up because I recently reread the book. It was set in or off the coast of Costa Rica. What prompted me was news of the rerelease of the film in HD or 3D or DVD or something, I don’t remember. Ah, you’re in luck, I found it: here’s the review I read.

• We talked last night to our son The Middleman, who said that, after some 8 years, he has adapted to the US. Some hankerings, however, overcome him at times, like a desire to eat a little French loaf from off the grill, slathered in butter. The Missus said this morning she’d been tempted to go buy and fix some, then send a photo to him. Is that cruel or what? Disclaimer: I thought of doing the same.

• Do have books around your house or office that have become pretty much passé now with the Internet? I have several, like a rhyming dictionary, which I never use any more. Others may be available online, like Bible versions or English and Portuguese dictionaries (I have half a dozen of the latter), but preferable at times to use the hard copy. But maybe I should give up Phillips’s paraphrase paperback? (I need to start culling.)

• After a while on Facebook and Twitter, as well as other corners and spaces on the Internet—even news sites, I want to shout: “If you’re going to write, learn how to spell.” I don’t mind abbreviations and other artifices for texting. I do mind butchering the language. But I don’t shout or even mutter. It would be a finger-in-the-dike exercise. There are other fights I’d rather save my breath for.

• BrotherhoodNews.com is lately a bit hit and miss, not as frequent as we’d like to see it. Prayers are called for. Suggestions, volunteers, and write-ups would also be welcome. News doesn’t fall from the sky into our lap.

• One writer for The Economist says that if you’re going to learn a second language, you should learn Brazilian Portuguese. I like that, but maybe not for all the reasons she gives. Some of them, not all. It’s a beautiful language spoken by millions, one of the major ones in the world, and one that communicates marvelously the gospel of Christ. Brazil needs to hear it. Why not learn the language?

#brazilian-portuguese, #corollaries, #gospel-of-john, #restoration-movement, #role-models

New Book available on Restoration Movement History

I want to  announce that  I have   new  book  out  called  “Reflections on  the  Restoration Movement.” it is about  20  biographical essays of the  history  of the  RM  from Alexander Campbell/Barton  W. Stone to Daniel Sommer.  It is  available  both in  hard  copy and in Kindle format.

     Reflections On The Restoration Movement: Biographical Essays      Hard Copy

Kindle version

Click  here  to go to my  Amazon Author  Page– 

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