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This Month in BGAV History: In Papa’s Footsteps

It was a beautiful late spring day in the country. It was prayer-ordered weather for an anniversary gathering with dinner-on-the-grounds under a large tent. It was the 240th anniversary of Upper King & Queen Baptist Church which bears the name of the county in which it is located, a place about 50 miles from Richmond. The old church house was …

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Snow Days

After a snowy winter in 2014 for much of Virginia, Fred Anderson reflects on how the winter of 1895 affected Virginia Baptist churches around Appomattox.

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A Baptist Love Story

It is an old story which this historian has told and re-told. It is a love story and it is a lesson in Baptist history, heritage and principles – all wrapped up into one true life story.

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Facing a New Beginning

By Fred Anderson We are a calendar-oriented people. We keep them on our desks and walls, in our pocketbooks, wallets and checkbooks. We mark them off – not like some prisoner crossing out his days behind bars – but as persons expecting events, challenges, programs, activities, anniversaries and all life brings our way. We turn the calendar to a new …

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Thoughtfulness and Kindness Need Never Go Out Of Style

By Fred Anderson Christmas is a good season for remembering your pastor. Perhaps his coat is a little brown and rusty, maybe his buggy rattles too much, almost surely his bank account is thin and meager. It is so simple and easy a thing for loving hearts to find a way to do good. Can anyone measure the joy which …

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This Month in BGAV History: “Grand old ‘ssociation”

For many years November has been the month set aside for the annual gathering of the tribes – the annual meeting of the Baptist General Association of Virginia. It was not always held in November. In the beginning it was held in the warm and pleasing weather month of June which must have been more conducive for schedules and travel …

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This Month in BGAV History: Old Times in the Country

Surely a Baptist must have written the entry on Charlotte County in the old WPA travel guide on Virginia published in 1940. Yet 70 years later it may need revisions. “Church customs of the 18th century still prevail in Charlotte,” states the guidebook. “Women are found sitting together on one side of the middle aisle, and men on the other. …

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