The Church Revealed in the Scriptures, a broadside tract from Ozark Bible College, ca. 1942-1944

Ozark Bible College called Bentonville, Arkansas, home from 1942 to 1944. I suspect KC Ice picked up this broadside on one of his tours. He built his own travel trailer and with his 1933 Willys he pulled it hither and yon from Ohio to Florida to California, and back…more than once. Coming or going from central Ohio to California he no doubt pulled in to Bentonville and set up for the night.  If his stay there was anything like his ca. 1925 visit to David Lipscomb College in Nashville, Tennessee, he camped off to one side of the campus and spent a couple days visiting classes and chapel.  (At Lipscomb they called on him to lead prayer in chapel, which he did).  After spending a few days touring and talking he moved on. This newsprint sheet of slightly squattier dimensions than an 8.5 by 11 sheet of paper was folded and added to a stack of other papers.  He brought it all home to keep and read and store and treasure and file away and reread someday. I keep it in one of my stacks of paper, with many others like it, to read and store and treasure and file away and reread someday.

For a bit more about Ozark Christian College, now located in Joplin, Missouri, click here.

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2 thoughts on “The Church Revealed in the Scriptures, a broadside tract from Ozark Bible College, ca. 1942-1944

  1. Mac,

    Thanks for posting the broadside. My research on Francis Wilburn Strong, first president of OBC, makes the broadside of special interest. The title of “The Church Revealed in the Scriptures” and the content, makes me wonder what earlier tract or document it is based upon; an interesting textual tradition exercise.

    The quotation from Hebrews 8:5 about the ‘pattern’ rings as strongly non-instrumental, although that may be reading too much into its presence in the tract.

  2. Thank you James, I agree that this snapshot is full of research possibilities. As skeletal as it may be, I think it is a good peg for any study of ecclesiology and hermeneutics among Independents. I’ve seen Heb. 8.5 quoted and referenced in terms of patternism by Independents. The rub though is just what is in the pattern. If you’d like to write a brief sketch of Strong I’d be very glad to post it here.

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