Benjamin Franklin: “Trust in the Lord, and Work On”

Benjamin Franklin: "Trust in the Lord, and work on."

Benjamin Franklin (1812-1878) dedicated his life to preaching the gospel. He was also a prolific writer, serving as editor of American Christian Review – one of the more influential journals among those associated with the Restoration Movement. Through his writings, he sought to encourage other preachers. The following quote describes the need for perseverance in one who would preach the gospel.Continue Reading

The Gospel in the Same Words as Peter Preached It

Walter Scott – The gospel as Peter preached it

Walter Scott (1796-1861) was one of the early preachers of the gospel in Northeast Ohio and did much to advance the cause of the ancient gospel in that area. In the book, Buckeye Disciples, author Henry K. Shaw noted that without the contributions of Walter Scott in proclaiming the gospel, “it is doubtful if the movement would have gained such momentum in a few years” (p. 45).

However, this “momentum” was not wholly due to the ability or zeal of men like Scott. Many people at that time were waking up to the idea that the gospel that was preached by the apostles was not the same message as the one being proclaimed by denominational preachers. Notice the following example of an individual named William Amend:Continue Reading

David Lipscomb: “No Big Preachers”

David Lipscomb: No Big Preachers

As we look back at history, David Lipscomb (1831-1917) was one of the most influential men associated with the Restoration Movement. With his work as editor of the Gospel Advocate, it can be argued that he was the most influential preacher in the South during his life. Regardless of this, Lipscomb did not consider himself a “big preacher” and did not wish to become one.
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Thomas Campbell: “Where the Bible Speaks, We Speak; Where the Bible Is Silent, We Are Silent”

Thomas Campbell: "Where the Bible Speaks, We Speak"

Thomas Campbell (1763-1854) was one of the leading figures of the Restoration Movement that began in this country in the 19th century. He, along with men like Alexander Campbell (his son), Barton W. Stone, and Walter Scott, sought to unite believers by abandoning the creeds and denominations of men. In a speech delivered in 1808, Thomas Campbell set forth an idea that became a motto for the movement.
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Aylett Raines: Removing a Diminutive Pimple

Aylett Raines: Removing a Diminutive Pimple

Aylett Raines (1798-1881) was one of the early figures of the Restoration Movement. Before learning the truth, he was a Universalist. This meant he believed that all men would be saved. However, as is evident from the quote below, he learned the truth and was able to expose the fallacy of the Universalist theory of salvation.
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Walter Scott: My Bible, My Head, and Brother William Hayden

Walter Scott and William Hayden

Walter Scott (1796-1861), one of the early figures in the Restoration Movement, spent much time preaching in the area known as the Western Reserve (northeast Ohio). In discussing his preaching work, he told the brethren that he needed three things in order to be successful:

Brethren, give me my Bible, my Head, and Bro. William Hayden, and we will go out and convert the world” (Early History of the Disciples in the Western Reserve, p. 111).

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Benjamin Franklin: Hope for Greater Disagreement

Benjamin Franklin - Benjamin Franklin: Hope for Greater Disagreement

Benjamin Franklin (1812-1878), one of the more influential preachers in the Restoration Movement, made it his aim to preach in such a way that his message was clearly understood. Notice the following quote from a sermon he delivered on the subject of foot-washing:

All we ask of those who may differ with us, is to give us a patient and impartial hearing, and then, if we cannot agree, it is hoped the disagreement will be greater than it was before” (They Heard Him Gladly, p. 221).

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