Category Archives: Restoration History

Denominations: Pentecostals

Ascertaining accurate total numbers is difficult. Pentecostalism is not a single denomination, but an umbrella term which includes many denominations “The World Christian Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (2020) currently counts 644 million Pentecostals/Charismatics worldwide” (The Society for Pentecostal Studies at 50 … Continue reading

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The Influence of One

The Sewell name is familiar to students of restoration history.   But, how did it all start?  How did the Sewell name become so well-known? The Sewell’s were from eastern Tennessee.   There were thirteen children.  The family, Stephen and Annie Sewell and … Continue reading

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Does It Matter What Brother Woods’ Position Was?

In the editorial space of the May 1995 issue of “Contending For the Faith” there appeared an article entitled, “What Was Brother Woods’ Position on the Use of Women Translators?”  After reading this, a few days later, I spoke with another preacher who … Continue reading

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Robert Milligan – Concern Over Influence

Robert Milligan(1814-1875) was influential member of the church. He served as co-editor of the Millennial Harbinger with Alexander Campbell and W.K. Pendleton. He penned several great books which are still widely used including, Scheme of Redemption and his commentary – … Continue reading

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Brethren, We’re Drifting!

J.D. Tant (1861-1941) was not impressive by the standards of many.  He was not a large man.  He stood 5’7″ and never weighed more than 160 pounds.  He was not eloquent.  Fanning Yater Tant acknowledged, “Tant was no orator.  The rolling periods, the fine … Continue reading

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A Humorous Story on Infant Baptism

“Raccoon” John Smith lived from 1784-1868.  He was a very colorful and influential preacher in Kentucky.  Louis Cochran wrote a novel entitled “Raccoon John Smith,” which was based upon Smith’s life.  I want to give you an excerpt which provides … Continue reading

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The Message for Sale: Church Merchandising

Brethren are now doing something that they did not do in times past.  They are charging money for programs done in the name of, and as a work of the church.  I never recall brethren doing this in times past.  … Continue reading

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Better To Dwell In The Wilderness

Numerous are the passages which exalt marriage.  Proverbs 18:22a, “Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing.”  Genesis 2:18, “It is not good that a man should be alone…”  Proverbs 3:10, “Who can find a virtuous woman?  For her price is far … Continue reading

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A Shaking of Faith

Jesse Babcock Ferguson is an example of how the sins of one can spiritually injure multitudes.  This example should caution us to beware: (1) Men may disappoint; (2) Our actions may affect others. Ferguson was born in Philadelphia, Pa. but … Continue reading

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