Click above to download a document listing 286 variants of time-, place- and character-names for the 228 known congregations of the Stone-Campbell movement in Nashville and Davidson County, Tennessee from 1820 to May 2010.
To my knowledge this is the first such compilation, and therefore, the most complete. The publication of the list to this blog is a first step in my research toward a book on the Restoration Movement in Nashville. With over 200 congregations in this county, the congregational research alone will take years, perhaps the remainder of my life. If I live to be 100 I may not finish even a rudimentary survey. It may be too much: too many congregations, too many preachers, too much ‘story’ to tell.
But this is where I am at the present. I publish the list here to generate interest, additions, subtractions, corrections and clarifications. Look it over and if I need to make changes, please let me know.
The story of these churches in Nashville needs to be told. I ask for your help in telling it.
Nashville Churches of Christ History group is open to anyone interested in the Stone-Campbell movement in Nashville and Davidson County. Here is the first post I made a few days ago:
I envision this community as a place to share common interest in the rich story of the Stone-Campbell Movement in Nashville. I am conducting research for a book which will highlight each congregation of Churches of Christ and Christian Churches from the 1820’s to the present…basically the entire movement from its beginning in our city until now. I envision this group as a place to share memories, photos, news and generate discussion and interest. Please join and contribute. Please feel free to contact me directly at icekm (at) aol (dot) com.
The group is open to all. Help spread the word and generate interest.
What Have You?
For editorial purposes I am very anxious to secure any book, paper, or pamphlet, that I do not already have, by or concerning the “pioneers” of what is commonly called the “Restoration Movement.” Here are some items that I need to complete my collection: Sweeney-Munnell Debate; Millennial Harbinger 1833, 1863, 1864, 1865, 1867, 1869, 1870; the Christian Messenger, any year; the American Christian Review, any year; the Apostolic Times; the Gospel Advocate before 1900; Life of Jacob Creath; Religious Historian; Christian Magazine.
Please send me a list of what you have, I will pay reasonable price for any item I can use. Address me: 1198 Clifton Rd, NE, Atlanta, Ga.
–B. C. Goodpasture, “What Have You?” Gospel Advocate, February 25, 1932, page 223.
In February 1932 BCG is a regular columnist for GA, submitting items from various Restoration divines of the 19th century. If you are casting about for a research project, it will be revealing I think to collate these articles that BCG thought worthy of the time of a 1932 Churches of Christ readership. Who is he reading? What are they saying? What is he saying by reprinting them? All good questions, I think. Bibliophile I am, I have a few other questions. It appears his collection of the Harbinger is respectably complete, as his his run of GA since 1900. He doesn’t mention Christian Baptist or Scott’s Evangelist…does he already have them? ACR and Apostolic Times were difficult to find in 1930’s…how much more so today! Tolbert Fanning’s Religious Historian and Christian Magazine are two Nashville journals often overlooked because they are, I think, overshadowed by the Gospel Advocate. The Sweeney-Munnell discussion is subtitled “Shall Christians go to war?” published in 1872 it is an intramural debate (Thomas Munnell and J. S. Sweeney are both disciples). The Creath biography is another rare book made accessible in the 1950’s by Old Paths Book Club. But in 1932 there was no OPBC, neither was there a Harbinger Book Club (operated by Goodpasture from his Caldwell Lane home in Nashville). So, BC Goodpasture is sleuthing for rare restoration paper. I wonder what he got, if anything? He doesn’t say.