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[Portrait of E.G. Sewell]

Description: Portrait of E.G. Sewell, visible from the shoulders up, wearing a dark-colored suit and an overcoat. Note on the back of the photograph reads, "B.Z. Cannaway, Resident Artist, East Side Public Square, Franklin, KY."
Date: [1840..1924]
Creator: Cannaway, B. Z.
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

[Portrait of James W. Harding]

Description: Portrait of James W. Harding, visible from the shoulders up, wearing a dark-colored suit. Note on the back of the photograph reads, "J.C. Elrod, Louisville, KY. Is this Jeff. H??'s Father? Photograph Galleries, 313 Jefferson, below Third Street, ground floor, and 428 Main, below Fourth Street, duplicates can be ordered."
Date: [1840..1919]
Creator: Elrod, J. C.
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

[Portrait of T.B. Larimore]

Description: Half-body portrait of T.B. Larimore, wearing a dark-colored suit and bow tie. Note on the back of the photograph reads, "C.C. Giers National Art Gallery (middle section missing) Albums and Frames & Card Pictures for Albums constantly on hand. Duplicates of this picture can be had if desired, Negative No._____." Photograph donated by Terry J. Gardner.
Date: [1843..1929]
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

[Portrait of Tolbert Fanning]

Description: Portrait of Tolbert Fanning taken for the Hope Institute in 1866. Part of a group of photographs given to Abilene Christian University by Terry J. Gardner.
Date: 1866
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

[Photograph of J.P. Sewell in Group]

Description: Photograph of a group of 34 men forming four rows in front of a stone building. J.P. Sewell can be seen sitting on the front row, the second person to the right wearing glasses and a lighter suit than the men around him.
Date: 1869~
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

[Photograph of English Class]

Description: Photograph of an English class taught by Brother Logne in 1897-1898 on the steps of the old military building-Nashville Bible School.
Date: [1897..1898]
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

[Three Photographs of the McQuigg Home]

Description: Three photographs of the McQuigg home and grounds. The top photograph shows Jesse P. Sewell in the McQuigg backyard garden with a crochet mallet in his hands behind his head. The second photograph shows Jesse and Daisy McQuigg in the yard of the McQuigg home in the summer of 1898. The final photograph shows the home of the three McQuigg sisters.
Date: 1898
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

[Portrait of J.P. Sewell]

Description: Half-body portrait of Jesse P. Sewell, wearing a dark-colored suit and overcoat with a wide, patterned necktie and leather gloves. Note on the back of the photograph reads, "Picture #6, J.P. Sewell at time I left the Bible School - Spring 1898. Began preaching at Bonham, Texas."
Date: Spring 1898
Creator: Thuss
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

[Photograph of Jesse P. Sewell and Daisy McQuig in Garden]

Description: Photograph of Jesse P. Sewell with Daisy McQuig at her home before they were married in 1899. Daisy is pulling on one of the leaves of a plant behind them as she looks at Jesse, who has his left leg crossing over his right leg. Daisy is in a white dress, while Jesse is in a dark suit.
Date: 1899
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

All Blessings in Christ

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. On this particular sermon chart, the sermon presents (in purple) the blessings of being "in Christ" with accompanying Biblical references (in black). The emphatic red-letter invitation in the bottom right corner is designed to move the hearer to action.
Date: [1900..1960]
Item Type: Artwork
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

Anything in a Name?

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. In this particular sermon chart, the preacher's chief concern is the name by which a local group of Christians is known. A fundamental point underlying this sermon is the conviction that "Bible names unite -- human [names] divide." A name is not a small matter for the church, just as it was significant for Israel. The call, therefore, to hearers is to utilize only 'Bible' or 'Biblical' names for congregations.
Date: [1900..1960]
Item Type: Artwork
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

Baptism--its Action and Purpose

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. In this particular sermon chart, using Acts 19:1-5 as a key text, the sermon begins with the matter of definitions; first transliterated Greek words, then Webster and finally an array of Bible citations to arrive at a definition of baptism as "burial, planting, washing" (as highlighted in red in the left column). This point is further stressed from Romans 6:17-18 and 1 Corinthians 15:1-4: that the "D.B.R." (death, burial and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth) is foundational Christian doctrine expressed in the life of a believer in immersion in water. The right column explores the purposes of baptism. For this preacher apparently the fundamental purpose of baptism is to (in red letters) "obey God."
Date: [1900..1960]
Item Type: Artwork
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

Can All Understand Bible Alike

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. In this particular sermon chart, affirming first that a "guide [is] needed" the preacher stresses the Bible is intended for "plain" or "common folk." Confident of humanity's capacity to "understand" and given the simple nature of the Bible, he stresses therefore that "God demands" humans to be "of one mind" as was the "early church." If his hearers will reject "prejudice", "creeds" and their "lack of study' they too can be "one."
Date: [1900..1960]
Creator: Villines, Frank (1899-1979)
Item Type: Artwork
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

Can Folk Be Saved Out of Church?

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. Using this particular sermon chart, as the preacher reads down the pages, first the left, then the right page, he traces the meaning of identity in the people of God. He moves quickly to the church, citing Ephesians 1 and Colossians 1. This sermon explores, if only in a basic way, a common understanding of ecclesiology, or the doctrine of the church, among Churches of Christ. By employing imagery of the large book, presumably a Bible, as the backdrop for the chart contents, the preacher reinforces a notion that he speaks only from the Bible. In this way the chart reflects both a doctrinal commitments, but also a persuasive rhetorical strategy.
Date: [1900..1960]
Creator: Villines, Frank (1899-1979)
Item Type: Artwork
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

Chain of Salvation

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. Organized in four distinct sections, this particular sermon chart pursues a golden chain through thirty-nine Bible references. The red-lettered one-word themes progress from the Trinity (Father, Son, Sprit) through the grace and the death of Jesus to the proclamation of the gospel. The chain is complete upon the reception of the "Plan of Salvation" in the life of the believer. It is unclear what "D.B.", "D.M.", "H.B.", and "H.M." represent.
Date: [1900..1960]
Creator: Villines, Frank (1899-1979)
Item Type: Artwork
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

Christian Warfare, Armor

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. This particular sermon chart uses the image of a Christian as a "good soldier" (citing 2 Timothy 2:3), with the preacher describing the armor, weaponry, enemies of the Christian soldier. He also clarifies the nature of such warfare, and finally elucidates enlistment procedures in a transition from sermon to invitation.
Date: [1900..1960]
Item Type: Artwork
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

Christ's Coming-How?-What Will Occur?

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. In this particular sermon chart, the rationale for the green and blue lettering is unclear: in some cases a subject is highlighted, in others a textual reference. The red-lettered words seem to function to grab the hearers attention. The sermon's plan is clear: present biblical data about the return of Christ, from its nature and character to its timing and results. In what appears to be the climactic illustration of the sudden and dramatic nature of the return of Christ, the preacher refers to "children looking for parents---Johnstown Flood." The Johnstown Flood occurred 31 May 1889 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania; one of the most severe floods of its kind, it claimed the lives of over 2,000 persons.
Date: [1900..1960]
Item Type: Artwork
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

Compromise--Types

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. An eight-point sermon with forty-seven citations of Bible texts, this particular sermon chart develops several aspects of "compromise." The root issue for the preacher is the distinctive identity of the Church of Christ: separate from the "world", "human machinery", "union meetings [with other religious groups, specifically "Jews, Catholics, Mormons"]" and "pleasures." The sermon is addressed to church members and therefore is hortatory: do not "compromise." Yet the sermon ends with an evangelistic thrust in points VII and VIII. The preacher appeals to men who say "let women & children go." He appeals to any hearer to "take your stand" before it is "too late."
Date: [1900..1960]
Creator: Villines, Frank (1899-1979)
Item Type: Artwork
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

Compromising

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. In this particular sermon chart, it does not appear that the items on the left corresponded directly to each item on the right column. However, a contrast appears to be in the preacher's mind as illustrated by Biblical examples of moral or spiritual compromise and temptation. Next is a survey of the contemporary Christian landscape with critiques of, among others, creeds, "church and human organizations", Holy Days, societies, conventions and the Mourner's Bench. Rather than show "weakness" by "lack of conviction" the preacher urges listeners to "stand firm for God and divine pattern."
Date: [1900..1960]
Item Type: Artwork
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

Divine and Human Sides of Salvation

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. On this particular sermon chart, the left column develops the initiative taken by God for human salvation. Drawing from several texts, the center of gravity in the preacher's thought appears to be 'grace.' The human side, in a word, is subsumed under 'faith.' Two ideas recur in both columns: one, a question: "Does grace forbid or demand obedience?" while the other states God "is dependent/depends" on humans. In his "grace" God offers a "plan" by which in "faith" persons acquire salvation. In the sermon's inner logic humans depends on God for grace, and God depends on persons for obedience to his plan. Together, grace, blood, faith and obedience secure salvation. The conclusion ties these concepts together.
Date: [1900..1960]
Creator: Villines, Frank (1899-1979)
Item Type: Artwork
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

Do Christ and Apostles Contradict

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. In this particular sermon chart, the preacher offers a way to understand sixteen (these sub-headings are in red) contradictions between Jesus and the apostles. These subheadings are either Bible verses (John 3:16, Matthew 18:3) or topics (Works, Obedience). The chart cites 92 Bible verses.
Date: [1900..1960]
Creator: Villines, Frank (1899-1979)
Item Type: Artwork
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

Evolution and Bible

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. Though the first section of this particular sermon appears in two columns, it does not appear to be a contrast in substance. Rather the preacher applies selected Bible citations (eight, in red) to certain elements of "evolution." A clear contrast follows in a series of "chasms they cannot bridge" followed by two questions about "missing links" and "new species." Finally, the preacher assails additional aspects of evolutionary theory; a contemporary reference that evolutionary theory is "taught in schools, and Bible not?" may indicate a date for the sermon in the 1920s or after.
Date: [1900..1960]
Item Type: Artwork
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

General, Future, Final Judgment

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. A sermon in ten points, this particular sermon chart straightforwardly lists various aspects of judgment. There appears to be no unifying theme running through the ten categories that demands of them their particular sequence. The preacher cites seventy-two total Bible passages.
Date: [1900..1960]
Creator: Villines, Frank (1899-1979)
Item Type: Artwork
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

God in the Affairs of Men

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. In this particular sermon chart, using green textual references and red summaries, the preacher utilizes Biblical examples of divine-human interaction to motivate his hearers to place themselves where God can "use [them]." The theological bottom line is the chart's closing line: his sermon addresses that which "mold[s] destiny and reward." The question for the hearers is whether they will avail themselves of the preacher's message.
Date: [1900..1960]
Creator: Villines, Frank (1899-1979)
Item Type: Artwork
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library