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Taking Up Serpents : Snake Handlers of Eastern Kentucky
By author: Kimbrough
Product Code: P226
ISBN: 9780865547988
Product Format: Paperback
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In Taking Up Serpents: A History of Snake Handling Kimbrough explains the history and practice of serpent-handling believers from the perspective of a respectful and scholarly participant-observer.

Eternity as a Sunrise: The Life of Hugo H. Culpepper
By author: R. Alan Culpepper
Product Code: H621
ISBN: 9780865548190
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Price: $35.00
The life of Hugo H. Culpepper—Southern Baptist Missionary, prisoner in a Japanese concentration camp during World War II, director of missions at the Baptist Home Mission Board, and professor of missions—this biography also chronicles the development of his thought and his understanding of Christian missions.

Amazing Grace in John Newton : Slave-Ship Captain, Hymn Writer, and Abolitionist
By author: William E. Phipps
Product Code: P282
ISBN: 9780865548688
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In "Amazing Grace," the best-loved of all hymns, John Newton's allusions to the drama of his life tell the story of a youth who was a virtual slave in Sierra Leone before ironically becoming a slave trader himself. Liverpool, his home port, was the center of the most colossal, lucrative, and inhumane slave trade the world has ever known. A gradual spiritual awakening transformed Newton into an ardent evangelist and anti-slavery activist. Influenced by Methodists George Whitefield and John Wesley, Newton became prominent among those favoring a Methodist-style revival in the Church of England. This movement stressed personal conversion, simple worship, emotional enthusiasm, and social justice. While pastoring a poor flock in Olney, he and poet William Cowper produced a hymnal containing such perennial favorites as "Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken" and "God Moves in a Mysterious Way." Later, while serving a church in London, Newton raised British consciousness on the immorality of the slave trade. The account he gave to Parliament on the atrocities he had witnessed helped William Wilberforce obtain legislation to abolish the slave trade in England. Newton's life story convinced many who are "found" after being "lost" to sing Gospel hymns as they lobbied for civil rights legislation. His close involvement with both capitalism and evangelicalism, the main economic and religious forces of his era, provide a fascinating case study of the relationship of Christians to their social environment. In an afterword on Newtonian Christianity, Phipps explains Newton's critique of Karl Marx's thesis that religious ideals are always the effect of what produces the most profit. Phipps relies on accounts Newton gives in his ship journal, diary, letters, and sermons for this most readable scholarly narrative.

Adiel Sherwood: Baptist Antebellum Pioneer in Georgia
By author: Burch
Product Code: P258
ISBN: 9780865548909
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Adiel Sherwood (1791–1879) helped establish some of the first antebellum efforts in education, temperance, and mission outreach in Georgia, especially among Georgia Baptists. Sherwood was probably the most important spiritual influence in the founding of Mercer University, helping set the tone for creating a Baptist university committed to both inquiring faith and rigorous academics.

Ante Pacem: Archaeological Evidence of Church Life Before Constantine
By author: Graydon F. Snyder
Product Code: H661
ISBN: 9780865548954
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Scholars relying on literary evidence have little to say of daily life in the Christian church before the “peace” of Constantine halted the persecution of Christianity in the empire. “It is only in nonliterary data,” Graydon Snyder writes, “that one can catch a glimpse of what actually happened.”

Billy Sunday And The Redemption Of Urban America
By author: Lyle W. Dorsett
Product Code: P272
ISBN: 9780865548985
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The most colorful of the tent and tabernacle revivalists, preaching to over 100 million people from 1908 to 1920, Billy Sunday stands as one of the most significant mass evangelists of the 20th century. Lyle Dorsett makes a fresh and original contribution to our understanding of this pugnacious baseball player-turned-preacher with his use of the Sunday family papers. In this new paperback edition Dorsett provides a new foreword to his classic work on the famed evangelist.

Yet Saints Their Watch Are Keeping : Fundamentalists, Modernist, and the Development of Evangelical Ecclesiology, 1887-1937
By author: J. Michael Utzinger
Product Code: H665
ISBN: 9780865549029
Product Format: Hardback
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Price: $45.00
Using the late-nineteenth and early twentieth century Northern Baptist Convention, the Presbyterian Church in the USA, and Disciples of Christ as case studies, Utzinger shows that evangelicals typically found ways to cooperate with one another in order to preserve their denominational institutions. And, rather than indicating the eclipse of denominationalism, fundamentalism and modernism acted to revitalize those institutions and help them persist.

An Ex-Colored Church: Social Activism in the CME Church, 1870-1970
Product Code: P280
ISBN: 9780865549036
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The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church was an important part of the historic freedom struggles of African Americans from Reconstruction to the Civil Rights movement. This fight for equality and freedom can be seen clearly in the denomination’s evolving social and ecumenical consciousness. The denomination’s very name changed from “Colored” to “Christian” in 1954, but the denomination did not join the struggle late. Rather, the CME was a critical participant from the days following the Civil War. At times, the Church was at odds with their white Methodist counterparts and in solidarity with other African-American denominations on issues of racial desegregation and the role of social protest in religion. Raymond Sommerville’s important book discusses the relationship between Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the CME. While King and others received most of the headlines during the Civil Rights Era, the CME proved to be involved at all levels and equally important in all they did. With its strategic location in the South and its long history of ecumenical involvement, the CME Church emerged as a leading advocate of ecumenical civil rights activism. Previous interpretations asserted that the CME was apolitical and accomodationist or that it was more progressive than it was. Sommerville presents a more nuanced account of how a church of largely former slaves emancipated itself from the constraints of white Methodist paternalism and Jim Crow racism to emerge as a progressive force of racial justice and ecumenism in the South and beyond. Sommerville examines major centers of the CME--Nashville, Birmingham, Memphis, Atlanta--and selected leaders in the South in charting the gradual metamorphosis of the former CME as a largely nonpolitical body of former slaves in 1870 to a more politically active denomination at the apex of the modern Civil Rights movement in the 1960s.

Esteemed Reproach : The Lives of Rev. James Ireland and Rev. Joseph Craig
Edited by: Keith Harper   By author: Marty Jacumin
Product Code: P270
ISBN: 9780865549142
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Many Baptists were persecuted for their faith in late-eighteenth-century Virginia but only two, James Ireland and Joseph Craig, left first-hand accounts of their struggles. Esteemed Reproach: The Lives of Reverend James Ireland and Reverend Joseph Craig brings these two works together for the first time and offers readers a vivid account of religious persecution in colonial Virginia and the price some were willing to pay for their freedom.

Soldiers of the Cross : Confederate Soldier-Christians and the Impact of War on Their Faith
Product Code: H662
ISBN: 9780865549265
Product Format: Hardback
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Price: $35.00
This book is about war’s impact on the religious faith of individual Confederate Christian soldiers. The tribulations of war drove these men to new spiritual heights; and after the war, these men took up leadership positions in their postwar churches. This study closely traces the spiritual progression of nine individual Christian soldiers.

World Is Too Much With Us : Culture In Modern Protestant Missions
By author: Taber
Product Code: P287
ISBN: 9780865549296
Product Format: Paperback
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Not An Easy Journey: Some Transitions In Baptist Life
Edited by: Walter B Shurden
Product Code: P289
ISBN: 9780865549333
Product Format: Paperback
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Price: $35.00
Walter Shurden is a longtime champion of the role of freedom in the Baptist tradition. Recognizing that freedom alone is not the whole story, Shurden also speaks to and from other cardinal Baptist convictions. Some of these materials appear for the first time and consist of speeches and addresses that Shurden has made at crucial points in recent Baptist life in America in the latter twentieth century.

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