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The Persistence of Christian Memory

The Persistence of Christian Memory

By Vince Daugherty
A father and son's exploration of Church and Restoration History and its relevance for today.
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#31: The Anabaptist Contribution
Many look to the days of Campbell and Stone when we think of the concept of restoring the New Testament church.  However, two hundred years before their time a group known as the Anabaptist had restoration principles in mind. Though they were dismissed, persecuted and labeled the lunatic fringe in their day, their theology is one worth noting because it is still seen and felt in their influence today.  
February 07, 2022
#30: Campbell's Sermon on the Law Persists
Link to Campbells orignal Sermon on the Law from the Millennial Harbinger, 1846 originally delivered before the Redstone Baptist Association, met on Cross Creek, Brooke County Va., on the 1st of September, 1816. Vince's Sermon Notes 2/7/21 delivered at the South Florida Ave. Church of Christ
January 11, 2022
#29: Emanuel Daugherty Interview 12/24/21
Emanuel Daugherty joins the podcast to discuss how he chose to enter the ministry, his experiences both good and bad, and advice for how we pass on that faith from one generation to the next.  
December 28, 2021
#28: How We Got the Bible (Pt. 2)
It is important to know that we can trust the Bible that we open up in the 21st century.  But, how exactly did God's word come to man?  How we got the Bible is an interesting and worth while study for those who want to be assured of the sacred text from which we know God and how to please Him. 
December 13, 2021
#27 How We Got the Bible (part 1)
Most people take for granted the Scriptures we read and study every day. It was not simply dropped out of Heaven on golden tablets. So how did we get the Bible? This is part one of a series on the history of how we got the Bible with more segments to come.
July 27, 2021
#26 Sarah Andrews
Sarah Andrews' contribution to the mission field, the Restoration Movement, and for the cause of Christ is one that should not be overlooked. She persevered in faith to bring the gospel to people in Japan prior to during and after World War 2. May her story not be forgotten.
June 27, 2021
#25 Reactions to Gnosticism
Gnosticism was an issue of the first century but the reaction to Gnosticism can still be seen and felt today. We must be careful to deal with current issues in our day, but not go beyond what is written.
June 16, 2021
#24 Jan Hus: The Forerunner of the Reformation
The Hus was no chicken!  Jan Hus was a stand-up defender of the truth about the Bible in how he saw it, and he stood unmovable even against all the might the Catholic Church could wield.  He is a great individual to be acquainted with in Church History.  Taking of the Lord's Supper and hearing a message preached in our own language are things we take for granted, but in Hus's day, it cost him his life!
May 18, 2021
#23 Prominent Restoration Periodicals
Periodicals were a powerful way the Restoration Movement was felt.  Many factors led to many prominent papers published during the Restoration Movement.  While the influence of the written word and periodicals has waned in recent years, the power of the pen will always have a place.  
May 07, 2021
#22: The Pioneer Missionary - J. M. McCaleb
A backwoods country boy grows up to become one of the first missionaries to Japan.  A great story of hard work, determination, and love for people.  McCaleb was a preacher that internalized the Great Commission and modeled his life like the first great missionary, the Apostle Paul.  He is a great example for those who have that same desire to take the Gospel to all. 
April 14, 2021
#21: Q & A
In this episode, we review our past few episodes and continue with questions and discussions we were not able to get to in previous episodes.  We have many threads in the Restoration Movement and Chruch History to pull on and see where we will go.
March 30, 2021
#20 The Melodeon That Launched a Thousand Controversies
The introduction of instrumental music in the Restoration movement can be traced back to an infamous melodeon snuck in and eventually out of the Midway Christian Church.  Was it the "instrument of Satan" or a matter of preference.  What did the men of the Restoration, Reformation, early church, and the New Testament have to say about the use of mechanical music in the church?
March 17, 2021
#19: Campbell's Sermon on the Law
Do you follow the 10 commandments?  Campbell's sermon was controversial during his day and I suspect many would still be scandalized today if his sermon were brought and examined.  But, it is the truth that will make you free.
March 03, 2021
#18: Legacy of Debates from the Restoration Movement
Many look at debates as a fruitless endeavor in the modern age.  In the Restoration era, debates were widespread and very effective.  Debates have gone out of style but have had a great influence on our country.  It is good to look back to those who debated and learn how we can be better communicators today.  We live in world of political correctness where it is easier to keep silent.  But, we are members of one another, therefore we must speak truth to our neighbors. Dad's Article Index of over 1000 debates from the Restoration Movement
February 17, 2021
#17: The Keystone Arch
What is the purpose of baptism?  The preachers of the Reformation preached brilliantly only to find that honest souls could find no relief.  That is until the purpose of baptism was rediscovered.  It was like a missing keystone from an arch. Autobiography of Elder Samuel Rogers Study on the word Greek word "eis" from Acts 2:38
February 02, 2021
#16: Restoration Implications on Infant Baptism
When the Campbells decided they wanted to go back to the Bible they did not realize straight away the implications that it would have on their practice of religion.  The practice was infant baptism is one that is widely practices and long-standing traditions.  But is it scriptural?
January 15, 2021
Episode #15: Dick and South Point By Moses Lard
Moses Lard wanders through his thoughts of a wonderful happenstance in which he recalls preaching in a small town in Missouri.  If it were not for the influential black slave named Dick, his master Thomas, and many others would not have been converted.  A whole local congregation was begotten by the efforts of a gentle but plain-speaking Moses Lard but he wondered if they will remember the efforts of Dick.  A small pebble may make a small ring when dropped into a body of water but a small action radiates out with more and larger rings.  God can work in whatever situation He finds us if we are willing.
January 05, 2021
Episode #14: Rice Haggard & The Name "Christian"
Rice Haggard is an obscure figure even among some people familiar with the Restoration Movement.  Yet to the people of his day he was a prominent leader.  Although he sought no fame a pamphlet of his writing that was thought to be lost was rediscovered.  His pamphlet centers on what followers of Christ ought to call themselves.  Through his study of Scripture, He found that the best answer is to be known as simply "Christians".  The addition of differing party/denominational names only fosters division and is dishonoring to Jesus the anointed One.  Listed below a link to his pamphlet and other valuable resources to become more familiar with him. Rice Haggard's Pamphlet - Rice Haggard: Unsung Hero of the Restoration by Frank Bellizzi from The Gospel Advocate Mark 1997 Scott Harp's Website
December 29, 2020
Episode #13: The Contribution of Martin Luther
Martin Luther is a complex figure in terms of his impact on Church history.  But, there can be no doubt he has had a major impact.   In our episode, we unpack his contribution to the beginning of the Protestant movement and even see its impact on the Restoration Movement and the world we live in today.
December 15, 2020
#12: Q & A
If you are a new listener to the podcast this a great episode to get up to speed with the first ten episodes in review.  
December 01, 2020
Episode #11: The Pilgrims
The Thanksgiving holiday is upon us.  It is right to take time to pause and thank the Lord for our countless blessings.  When we consider the history of the individuals who called themselves "pilgrims" it helps us to remember our citizenship is not of this world, we are just passing through.  The Pilgrims also help us to be thankful to our heavenly Father who watches over us as we live out our time here.  May we do it in meekness, fear, and thanksgiving to God.
November 24, 2020
Episode #10: Cousin Jennie
Jenny Williams Douglas is best known as "cousin Jennie" to most folks in the times of the Restoration Movement.  She wrote a children's column for the "Christian Leader".  It is hard to find much about her life story even among historians of the Restoration.  However, she still lives on in her writings.  She is inspirational for how she wrote and cared about the development of young people and appreciated by older hearers as well.  We hope that we can breathe new life into her story and inspire others today.
November 17, 2020
Episode #8: The Seed is the Word of God
What happens when you plant the unaltered Word of God into the hearts and minds of men and women?  It produces simply Christians.  The seed principle is a remarkable truth given to us through Scripture, recognized by the Restoration Movement, and if applied will work just as God intended it to.   Masada Date Tree Revived plant found under perma-frost Siberia "Medieval Herbs End a Long Sleep" - National Geographic (March 1997)  The full book online of Larimore and His Boys (pg. 153-155 notes on J. H. Halbrook)
November 10, 2020
Episode #9: The Long Lost Third Epistle of Peter
We have found the long-lost manuscript of Third Peter.  Do not miss the holy (satire) letter from the great Apostle Peter (or Alexander Campbell) describing the preacher's conduct among the brethren.  Also do not miss our "divinely inspired" commentary on the said epistle.  Seriously it is good reading for preachers to remain humble and be a servant, rather than being a puffed up clergy. Link to the 3rd Epistle of Peter by Alexander Campbell Dad's Website History of the Restoration Movement Website
November 10, 2020
Episode #7: Politics, Religion, and the Restoration Movement
As people in the United States approach the National Election, we cannot get away from talking about politics.  It is interesting to see differing views from the Restoration movement and how they approached politics in their days.  Those views can shed some light on our political world today.  How do we work out Scriptures commands and principles in regard to the Christian's relationship to government?  An interesting discussion that only scratches the surface, but we hope will spark further study and discussion.
October 27, 2020
Episode #6: Crossing the Bridge in Race Relations
Discussion of the contributions of S.R. Cassius, Marshall Keeble, and G. P. Bowser to the Restoration Movement.  Really enjoyable study of oft-overlooked individuals in the Restoration Movement, their style, methodology, and reception.  Sources for Further Study: Underlying Dedication - The Story of G. P. Bowser 1961 Third Birth of a Nation R. S. Cassius 1920 "Keeble in California" - E. N. Glen The Christian Leader 1931 Biography and Sermons of Marshall Keeble Marshall Keeble 1931 To Save My Race From Abuse Edward J. Robinson "Show Us How You Do It - Marshall Keeble and the Rise of Black Churches of Christ in the United States, 1914-1968" Edward J. Robinson (University of Alabama Press, 2008) "Samuel R. Cassius - A Forgotten Pioneer."  Edward J. Robinson Restoration Quarterly A. L. Cassius son of R. S. Cassius
October 20, 2020
Episode #5: "Like Fire in Dry Stubble"
How was the Restoration Plea received by the people who heard it?  Barton W. Stone's biography says that their message was received, "like fire in dry stubble".  When we get back to the Bible for how we are to act and how we are to worship we have a solid foundation to stand on.  That gives confidence and assurance that we are well-pleasing and acceptable to God.  Just like those three thousand souls who were converted on the Day of Pentecost, we too must preach and teach the same gospel invitation.  When it is presented in a truthful and loving way it will be received in the same way: like a fire set in dry stubble. Back to the Bible - Evangelism Material Ivan Stewart's Open Bible Study
October 13, 2020
Episode #4: "Be Thou Faithful Unto Death" - The Martyrdom of Polycarp
An examination of the 2nd Century AD account of the "Martyrdom of Polycarp" and his great example of faith that outruns time. Links and Resources - -  Early Christians Speak Vol. 1 & 2 by Everett Ferguson - Thinking - Living - Dying - Early Apologists Speak to the 21st Century by Everett Ferguson -   - -- Bruce Daugherty's website  - -- Scott Harp's website - "Friends of the Restoration" - Facebook Group
October 06, 2020
Episode #3: "Speaking Where the Bible Speaks"
The motto of the Restoration Movement that still persists to this day is, "Speak where the Bible speaks, and be silent where the Bible is silent".  What is it's origins and its meaning?  We examine that quote and how it has been applied to our interpretation of scripture.  
September 29, 2020
Episode #2: The Reformation For Which We Are Pleading
Examination of the Article "The Reformation For Which We are Pleading-- What is it?" by Moses Lard. 
September 22, 2020
Episode #1 - Introduction & Scope
An introduction and scope to the podcast exploring Church and Restoration History by Father & Son.  Realizing the blessing of such as study for Preachers and Christians alike recognizing ROOTS, RESOURCES, REALISM, & REMINDERS.
September 15, 2020