Thursday, 15 November 2007 00:11


For nearly 180 years, across five generations, the Religious Herald has arrived uninterrupted in the homes of the Ryland family of Virginia. Samuel Peachey Ryland subscribed when the first issue of the Herald came off the press in January 1828. Today, his great-grandson, Charles Hill Ryland, avidly looks forward to each issue which arrives at his Warsaw, Va., home as do two of his great-great grandsons, James and William.
Published in 2007 Archives
Thursday, 17 December 2009 00:00

HERITAGE: Lost lessons

They are old and yellowed mimeographed lessons probably intended for use in an adult Sunday school class or maybe a new members’ class. They cover four topics: Salvation, Christian Life, Members’ Responsibilities in the Program of the Church and “the Principles and Beliefs of Baptists.” It was the last lesson which caught my eye. It is interesting to see how Baptist principles were presented and taught to a generation past.

Published in 2009 Archives
Wednesday, 16 December 2009 00:00

HERITAGE: While in Fredericksburg

The Baptist General Association of Virginia has met three times in Fredericksburg but there is no one living who attended any of the meetings. The last one was held in 1874 and the thoughts on many minds were the hardships in trying to cope in the poverty of the post-War period.

Published in 2009 Archives
Saturday, 10 October 2009 00:00

HERITAGE: Miss Alma’s cententary

This week in our history Alma Hunt reached her centenary. Miss Alma died in June 2008 at age 98. If she had lived another 16 months she would have observed her 100th birthday on Oct. 5.
Published in 2009 Archives
Monday, 23 November 2009 00:00

HERITAGE: Thanksgiving at Farmington

There have been many Thanksgiving days and other times of solemn and joyful gatherings at the old plantation known as Farmington in rural King and Queen County about 50 miles north of Richmond. The family will return for Thanksgiving 2009. The five grown children and the many grandchildren will gather. The lady of the manor will greet them all, but this Thanksgiving will be different from those of years past.

Published in 2009 Archives
Sunday, 01 March 2009 00:00

HERITAGE: Bright eyes

Everybody loves Gracie Kirkpatrick, the vivacious, bubbly, compassionate community missionary of the Richmond Baptist Association. For 31 summers she has directed the association’s unique ministry known as Camp Alkulana.
Published in 2009 Archives
Thursday, 12 February 2009 00:02

HERITAGE: Going home

Last month this columnist spoke in a “Virginia Baptist” church in a very far corner of Southwest Virginia. Actually, my speaking engagement was at First Baptist Church of Dalton, as in Dalton, Georgia. In 2006 the Georgia church joined the Baptist General Association of Virginia, proving that both the Virginia-based association and the Georgia-rooted church are more about affinity than geography. When the Dalton Baptists journeyed to Virginia Beach for the 2006 annual meeting of the Baptist General Association of Virginia, as association clerk I presented the group with a welcome basket full of Virginia products. Little did I realize that someday, and sooner than later, the Georgia church would extend a welcome to me.
Published in 2009 Archives
Thursday, 29 January 2009 00:01

HERITAGE: A man who cared

Bill Jenkins once was described as “firm, fair and faithful.” Roland Byrd, the long-time Baptist campus minister at Virginia Tech, who was describing his former boss and mentor in ministry, said, “Bill encouraged us and helped us to do what is just.” Byrd was referring to Jenkins' heroic career as headmaster of Virginia Baptist student work as well as his insistence upon inclusiveness.
Published in 2009 Archives
Thursday, 15 January 2009 00:01

HERITAGE: Getting connected

Ann Fitzgerald Brown's family was in the telephone business. Her great-grandfather put in a telephone from his house to his store and a telephone company was started. It was all about people getting connected with one another in the rural area around Gretna. Although she moved away to college and lived in Richmond in the early years of her marriage, she and her husband, Kent, moved to her hometown of Gretna to work for awhile in the telephone business.
Published in 2009 Archives
Baptists have no founder. They have no certain month, day and year of beginning. It is risky at best to find the earliest tender roots of a people who have become one of the world's major religious denominations.
Published in 2009 Archives
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