Shops and Crossbones; Slaton, Texas 1920s by James Villanueva
The night when Reverend Hardesty was to address the Skull and Crossbones
militia, the Associated Press carried an account of it. “On Sunday
night there were more people on the outside of the church building
than on the inside,” he wrote. “People came from a radius of fifty
Circuit Rider by Bob Bowman
Fowler was a circuit rider, missionary, marksman, chaplain of the
Texas Senate and a brilliant pulpiteer who rode and walked thousands
of miles between the Sabine River and San Antonio to found many
of Texas’ Methodist churches...
Mormons Clay Coppedge
If Lyman Wight could have had his way, Texas and not Utah might
have become home to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
and the Mormon Church. Wight brought about 150 fellow Mormons across
the Red River into Texas in November of 1845...
Prayer A Habit Really Works by Britt Towery
Prayer has been an important and basic part of religions all the
way back to the time of the dinosaurs. (Save your opinions on dinosaurs
and humans living at the same time. I know they did not.) Here are
some opinions on prayer...
Notes from East Texas by Bob Bowman
The Holy Oak - An image of Jesus in the end of the limb.
was a time we must never forget by Britt Towery
Too soon we forget the terrorism of the 1950s and 1960s. The cross-burnings,
obscene telephone calls, character assassination and political intrigue
on those who believed in and fought for human rights and dignity,
and against bigotry, hate and indifference.I was reminded of those
years when I read of the passing of a man who stood for equality
for all races. Charles Wellborn...
Good Old Days (for Some of Us) by Britt Towery
About five years after America’s Civil War ended, 1870, the majority
of American Protestants were of the strong opinion that America
was a Christian nation. There was in the nineteenth century indications
that the Protestant majority carried the day...
Freeman by Mike Cox
Religious beliefs aside, all of us owe a debt to the early-day Baptist
and Methodist preachers who made their way to Texas to try to make
a dent in all its sinners. Those Bible-toters not only saved souls,
being literate in an era when many were not, they saved a lot of
history in their written recollections...
Preachers by Mike Cox
In 1887 newly married John M. Barcus filled the pulpit of the Methodist
Church in Graham, then one of only a handful of towns in Northwest
Roundup by Mike Cox
Anyone who likes to hunt dove knows that hitting a small, fast-moving
object in the air is not easy. In his 1937 book, “Memories,” J.B.
Cranfill told the story of J. M. Carroll, a man who had the reputation
of being the best wing shot in Texas...
Day Services at Old Saltillo Church by Robert Cowser
Sisters by Clay Coppedge
"... In their day, which ran roughly from the 1860s to just
after the turn of the century, the Sanctified Sisters existed as
one of the most unusual and, in their own way, influential religious
groups in Bell County history..."
Preacher by Bob Bowman
On his first morning in Groveton Lee presided at the funeral of
a young church member who had been murdered. He soon named criminals
from his pulpit and where they gathered...
Acre by Mike Cox
"... In addition to whatever they might put in the collection
plate each week, many farmers used to give the proceeds from one
acre of their crop land to their church each year. Though not as
common as it used to be, the tradition has endured in some corners
John August Tubbe by W. T. Block Jr.
An Immigrant Farmer, Sawmiller, and Preacher
In 1845 the gates opened widely for a flood of German immigration
Parker Family by Bob Bowman
"... In the 1820s, Daniel Parker, an anti-missionary Baptist
leader and member of the Parker clan that produced Cynthia Ann,
stirred up Baptists in Illinois with his separatist beliefs and
eventually led his family and neighbors to East Texas to write a
new religious chapter in Texas history..."
with a Method by Archie P. McDonald
"... Samuel Doak McMahon held the first meeting of Methodists
in Texas in his home, located ten or so miles east of San Augustine,
in 1832, but the arrival of Littleton Fowler in 1837 was the first
authorized Methodist activity there..."
Jonas Franklin Dancer by Mike Cox
The namesake of Dancer Peak in Llano County
Lady in Blue by Bob Bowman
For longer than anyone can remember, the story of “the lady in blue”
has existed on the fringes of East Texas history and religion.
Prudent Use of Guilt by Maggie Van Ostrand
Parson by Mike Cox
How a preacher held a horse race and build a church
Church Lights by Bob Bowman
When the church decided to phase out the old kerosene lights for
safety reasons, Clark went to Jefferson Lighting Company of Ann
Arbor, Michigan, and told them what he wanted..
a Gospel Classic by Bob Bowman ("All Things Historical")
Old Baptist by Murray Montgomery ("Times Past")
in Church by Murray Montgomery ("Times Past")
Antonio Margil de Jesus: Missionary by Archie P. McDonald
Chapel by Archie P. McDonald ("All Things Historical")
Tejas by Bob Bowman ("All Things Historical")
Senora de los Dolores de los Ais Mission by Archie P. McDonald
Rolling by Rick Vanderpool
All the "holy" places in Texas
Wesley Kenney - (1799-1865) "One of great pioneer Methodist
ministers of Texas"
Wilson - Historical Marker
"A central figure in the early days of Texas Methodism..."