Thursday, May 16, 2013
Congratulations to Wesley Webb, MS College Law School grad
Vicki and Walter Webb attended the graduation ceremonies for Mississippi College Law School this weekend. Wesley Webb graduated.
Vivian and Eugene Smith watched Christian Brothers High School graduation Saturday in Memphis. Their grandson, Evan Michael, graduated.
Congratulations to Kim and Mike Hurdle upon their nuptials Saturday. The happy couple had a small ceremony proceeded by a reception attended by friends and family.
Congratulations to Wynne Boatwright, who graduated Saturday from the University of Mississippi and Regan Murphy and Anna Owens Thompson, who both graduated from Mississippi State University.
Congratulations to Emma Burleson, daughter of Pam and Barry, upon graduating from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg last weekend.
Congratulations also to David Breithaupt, son of Perry and Beth Breithaupt, who graduated from Mississppi State.
Happy birthday wishes to Sandor Viradi! His band, Jam Cracker, rocked BoJangles bar Saturday night.
What a wonderful baseball season the Marshall Academy Patriots gave their fans! Central Private School from the wilds of Louisiana blew into town Friday on a mission - to take the AA State Championship. Although the Patriots came up with the short end of the proverbial stick, they played hard. The three seniors, Vince Hoyt, Aaron McAlexander and Matt Rappa, showed their leadership all season long. They all produced greatly at the plate and had amazing defense in every game. Those three are fine young men who will be sorely missed come spring-time next year.
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Church of Christ movement
The first organized religious group in Holly Springs was the Church of Christ. James Brown is shown in Marriage Book A, page 92, in the Marshall County Circuit Clerk’s Office, as an ordained Minister of the Church of Christ, authorized to perform marriages in Mississippi. Previous to his being licensed to officiate at weddings, however, he had already been at work in the lands of the Chickasaw Cession, since February 1835.
“The Millennial Harbinger” was a religious publication edited and published in Bethany, Va., by Alexander Campbell. Under the date of May 10, 1836 and the location of Marshall County, James Brown wrote to Campbell a letter published in the Harbinger containing the following: “Not long since I attended a call of some brethren at Holly Springs, now the county seat of Marshall County, where a church was constituted of upwards of twenty members, who there and then agreed to meet every Lord’s day for the reading of the word, prayer, praise, breaking of the loaf, etc. I have since learned they continue steadfast. I think it highly probable that this is the first church [church of Christ, bjm] constituted in the bound of the purchase.”
The Presbyterian Church had had an effective program in Marshall County for several years previous to the above letter’s date, especially among the Indians, but they did not constitute a congregation in Holly Springs until December of 1836. Other groups in town followed these two in organizing congregations.
A little history of the Church of Christ is in order, perhaps, at this point. It is considered by many to be principally an indigenous group arising along the southern/southwestern frontier beginning in the late 1700s following the American Revolution.
In its early history it carried many names, some of them derisive. Several teachers in various locations in the country discovered they had been teaching nearly the same principles, individually arrived at.
James O’Kelly was one such minister in Virginia, and his followers were generally called “Republican Methodist,” he having formerly been a Methodist minister.
In Kentucky, at the Great Revival at Cane Ridge, tens of thousands attended the revival sermons, presented by vast numbers of ministers from many religious persuasions, including Barton Warren Stone, who was influential in the movement later known as the Christian Church, although at the time, all the westerners who adopted the teachings, i.e, west of the Appalachian Mountains, were called the Christian Connection, or Christians in the West.
Alexander Campbell was more influential at the time in Virginia and those whom he influenced were known as Disciples of Christ. Some Disciples of Christ were alternatively called Reformed Baptist.
All of the above groups were part of the Church of Christ movement. Many derisively, considering the Church of Christ a cult, used names such as O’Kellyites, Campbellites, Stoneites, etc.
(To be continued next week)
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