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Journal explores Baptist beginnings in Virginia

The latest issue looks at the “Virginia Mission” undertaken by English Baptists in the 18th century.

Published in Herald/Mid-Atlantic
Sunday, 11 April 2010 20:00

HERITAGE: Black and white in Buckingham

This columnist was the anniversary speaker for Sharon Baptist Church in Buckingham County for its 150th and again on Palm Sunday, March 28, for its 175th. I think it would be wise for the anniversary planning committee to begin lining up another person for the 200th.
Published in 2010 Archives
Saturday, 26 December 2009 19:00

HERITAGE: The day after Christmas

It is a let down. The Christmas tree which carried a hefty price tag on Christmas Eve is worthless and at my house I have to pay to have it hauled away. The presents which were chosen and wrapped with care are scattered and a huge bag of crumpled paper helps kindle a fire. The greatly anticipated company has come and gone. The refrigerator is full of leftovers. The after-Christmas sales with the pushing and shoving crowds bent on a bargain reveal the whole tawdry celebration for what it has become. Everyone moves about as if in a hangover. It is the day after Christmas.

Published in 2009 Archives
Thursday, 18 June 2009 20:00

HERITAGE: Transitions

On the last Sunday of May, Bill Tuck was extended warm farewells as he concluded a 20-month interim pastorate at the First Baptist Church of Raleigh, N.C. The congregation formed a long line to give handshakes and hugs to Bill and his wife, Emily. At the conclusion of the worship service, the congregation presented two separate resolutions of appreciation, one for each of the Tucks. It was a gracious conclusion to the interim as the church anticipates its new pastor, Chris Chapman, who arrives this coming Sunday.
Published in 2009 Archives

If Baptists had bishops (and they don’t), the bishop of the Blackwater Baptist Association was Ira D. “Tuck” Hudgins.  He filled the role of elder statesman, counselor and pulpit supply until his death on April 28 at age 91.

Published in 2009 Archives
Wednesday, 14 November 2007 19:11


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
Monday, 20 September 2010 20:00

HERITAGE: From choir boy to choirmaster

For 42 years E. Carl Freeman Jr. has provided the musical heart for River Road Church, Baptist, in Richmond, Va. It remains a classical, hyper-traditional musical experience, complementing the formal, liturgical approach of worship. It is unapologetically high church with warmth and a Baptistic flavor. 

Published in 2010 Archives
Monday, 29 March 2010 20:00

HERITAGE: Miss Eliza comes to Virginia

The telephone caller was a trust officer in an Atlanta bank. She was administering an estate and was attempting to find the proper home for an old portrait which had special meaning to its deceased owner. After trying other offices on the University of Richmond campus, the woman was directed to call me.

Published in 2010 Archives
Tuesday, 16 March 2010 20:00

HERITAGE: Oysters and Baptists

This month is the centennial of an important event. Exactly a century ago, on Feb. 8, the trustees of Richmond College (now the University of Richmond) met to consider relocating the school from its campus located close to the city to land in the far western suburbs known as Westhampton. The story of that day is a Baptist story.
Published in 2010 Archives
Virginia Baptists are making travel plans for the 20th Baptist World Congress, the great gathering of the Baptist World Alliance. Baptists in Virginia have a long participation in the life and work of the BWA. They were interested in its purpose before it was even created.
Published in 2010 Archives
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