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The New Birth

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. Using John 3:3-8 as a key text the preacher uses this sermon chart to discuss physical and spiritual birth, noting that a "coming out of" water is as natural for spiritual birth as it is for physical birth. Accordingly, for any "new birth" to be valid, a person must experience baptism following faith, repentance and confession. Further, just as physical birth does not produce "full grown" persons, so spiritual "babes" are to grow by obedience to law.
Date: [1900..1960]
Item Type: Artwork
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

Our Duty to Young Folk

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. This particular sermon chart begins with God's instruction to Abraham to teach his children. The preacher then elaborates upon the Biblical imperative to instruct and indoctrinate children in the way of God. He spends considerable time in Deuteronomy and Proverbs and cites disastrous examples from the Bible when such instruction went unheeded. He concludes the sermon by citing similar passages from the epistles. He refers to [Robert G.] Ingersoll, noted 19th c agnostic as a counter-example of the influence parents have on children. His emphatic conclusion, lettered large and in red, asks, "Who will be Leaders of Tomorrow?"
Date: [1900..1960]
Item Type: Artwork
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

[Photograph of Bible Class at J. P. Sewell House]

Description: Photograph of Bible school students at the home of J. P. and Daisy Sewell, showing the students standing near the opening of a fence. A horse can be seen to the left of the group. Note on the back of the photograph reads, "Picture #7. Home of J.P. Sewell and Daisy McQuigg Sewell, Bonham, Texas. All in the picture are Bible School students during a meeting held by E.G. Sewell and Sam Pitman [?] - 1900. Left to right: Elmo Moore - Bonham, Texas. Sam Pilsman in front of fence with derby. Sallie McQuigg - Bonham. [?] Friend, White [?], Texas. Rocie McQuigg, Bonham. J.P. Sewell, Daisy Sewell, Bonham. Lucy Dodd, Nashville, Tennessee.”
Date: 1900
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

Resurrection of Christ

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. This particular sermon chart illustrates a sermon in four points. The main thrusts of each are: Jesus was "really dead", the tomb was empty, was the resurrection a "vision or hallucination?" and the many witnesses of the life and ministry of Jesus. The final point transitions into an appeal based on the evidence presented. Affirming from the four points that Jesus' "right to authority' is unquestionable, the preacher finally "declares our faith" urging hearers to "...obey him...live for Him and be Ready."
Date: [1900..1960]
Item Type: Artwork
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

Salvation of Noah-Type

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. This particular sermon chart employs typology, an interpretive strategy by which a single concept (in this case salvation) is explained by way of noting similarities between two persons (in this case Noah and the hearers of the sermon). Assuming unity and consistency of the Biblical message, typological interpretation one example serves as a pattern by which or lens through which another is interpreted. For this preacher, the key Biblical text is 1 Peter 3:19-20. It appears considerable time is spent in developing the plan of salvation, particularly baptism.
Date: [1900..1960]
Item Type: Artwork
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

Salvation: Past, Present, Future

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 establishes in Point #1 what it means to "be saved" or acquire salvation. Thus acquired, salvation as presently enjoyed (Point #2) consists of an awareness, vigilance and determination (A) coupled with an understanding of its eternal nature (B). In his final point the preacher emphasizes and describes the nature and quality of future salvation.
Date: [1900..1960]
Item Type: Artwork
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

Saved by Grace-Eph 2:8

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 understands grace to be the organizing principle undergirding the seven means of salvation cited in the upper left column. Each appears to emerge from grace. Next the preacher presents the plan of salvation ([H]ear, [B]elieve, [R]epent, [C]onfess, [B]aptism) as it was also practiced by the Ephesians. Further, Paul was also "saved by grace" in this manner. It appears the second set of abbreviations stand for faith, repentance, baptism and obedience in the grace and blood of Christ. The final appeal, "Why should his great love -- grace -- blood be in vain?" draws the hearers to the point of decision and closes the sermon on an evangelistic note.
Date: [1900..1960]
Creator: Villines, Frank (1899-1979)
Item Type: Artwork
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

Spiritual Growth

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 appears the preacher assumes the hearers are Christian, that they have, as in the introduction from Matthew 25:1-13, assumed the role of 'wise virgins' and from 2 Peter 1:4, partake of the "divine nature." The preacher's task, therefore, is to explore what constitutes Christian "Spiritual Growth." The several texts with direct explanations provide opportunity to develop this theme.
Date: [1900..1960]
Creator: Villines, Frank (1899-1979)
Item Type: Artwork
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

Supreme, Universal, Final Authority of 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 stylized hands flanking the cross, with fingers pointing to it, emphasize the sermon's main point. The colored lettering emphasizes, strikingly, the same point. Setting up a contrast against the three branches of the US Federal Government (Legislative-Judicial-Executive), the preacher declares Christ is "LORD of ALL" and "HEAD in ALL."
Date: [1900..1960]
Item Type: Artwork
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

Truth Makes Free

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. In this particular sermon chart, upon asking the question, "What Is Truth?" the preacher employs 52 citations from the Bible to explore his answer. The sermon concludes with a sustained presentation of the 'Plan of Salvation' in response to the question 'What to do to be saved.'
Date: [1900..1960]
Item Type: Artwork
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

What Kind of Hearers Are You?

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-lettered descriptors or phrases set off against purple Bible citations, the preacher organizes a series of examples from across the Biblical canon. Beginning with Adam, Cain and the Flood, he proceeds to Jesus' parables with additional examples from the Hebrew Bible (Balaam and Naaman). The right column is shaded in a hortatory tone, moving through numerous examples to an emphatic conclusion. The preacher having stated the facts clearly and citing James 4:17 (To one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin), asks "Do You Know Your Duty?"
Date: [1900..1960]
Item Type: Artwork
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

What Must I Do To Be Saved

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. This particular sermon chart presents the fullness of what among Churches of Christ has been called the "Plan of Salvation." The chart form illustrates well the preacher's method. He cites three texts from the gospels (prior to the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2) in the first portion; in the second and larger portion he quotes a series of examples of conversion all from the book of Acts. His methodology is to discover in these cases of conversion the presence or absence of certain elements, compile them into a chart, and from the aggregate reason to the "Plan of Salvation." The performance of this plan answers the question "What must I do to be saved?" The constituent parts of the plan as outlined in the chart are: (T)eaching or (H)earing; (B)elief; (R)epentance; (C)onfession and (B)aptism followed by (R)emission of sins or (S)alvation. It is unclear how the mathematical chart functions for the preacher.
Date: [1900..1960]
Item Type: Artwork
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

What Think Ye of Christ?

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 marshals nine types of evidence to build a case for faith in and obedience to Christ. The evidence he uses is first the testimony of a series of Jesus' enemies, followed by that of his friends and himself. Following this are prophecy, miracles, additional friendly testimony and angelic testimony. Approaching the climax the preacher recites divine testimony and even nature itself. You have "all to gain; nothing to lose" as he exhorts his audience. You are either "for him or against him..."
Date: [1900..1960]
Item Type: Artwork
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

Worldliness in the Church

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. In this particular sermon chart, which employs a compare/contrast model, the preacher places "Devil, World, Flesh" to one side of a large golden cross and "God, Church, Soul" to the other. Aimed at church members, the sermon reinforces Christian morality by grounding its exhortations in Biblical texts and examples. The questions at the bottom of each column express the sermon's leading thrust.
Date: [1900..1960]
Creator: Villines, Frank (1899-1979)
Item Type: Artwork
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

[Photograph of Daisy Sewell with Bible Class]

Description: Photograph taken at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Sewell in Bonham, Texas, with the Bible school students in the summer of 1900. Note on the back of the photograph reads, "Duplicate, Bible 2". A card in the sleeve has this information: "Mrs. Sewell standing by door. Elizabeth Fisher. Shaffer Arledge. - Adams. Leo Cantrell. Thelma Tillison. 1920?"
Date: Spring 1900
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

[Photograph of Bible School Men]

Description: Photograph of John J. McQuigg and three other members of an Abilene Christian College Bible study class. A miniature church building can be seen in the background. Note on the back of the photograph reads, "Picture #13, John J. McQuigg and other Bible School boys. 1901 in favorite loafing place of students while on S. Spruce Street."
Date: 1901
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

Map of North Park Addition to Abilene, Texas [#3]

Description: Plat of a portion of Abilene Texas, showing various numbered lots including blocks that are subdivided to show individual properties with notations about acreage. There is a small sketch in the lower left corner showing the relation of several properties in relation to a creek. Scale ca. 1:6667 (Scale in varas.)
Date: October 1903
Creator: Riney, W. A.
Item Type: Map
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

Comperes Subdivision, Lot #3, Block #178, Abilene, Texas

Description: Map of Comperes Subdivision in Abilene, Texas bordered by Pine, and North Eighth streets and divided by Walnut street. Each of the lots is further subdivided into numbered segments showing property divisions. There is a legal notice on the left side of the map certifying its authenticity. Scale : 1:1,200.
Date: July 19, 1904
Creator: Riney, W. A.
Item Type: Map
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

[Photograph of Group on a Horse-Drawn Carriage]

Description: Note on the back of the photograph reads, "A group of students of 1898, descending from a tally ho at Belle Mead for a picnic. John Jones lulls lazily on the back seat. Daisy McQuigg stands next is C.W. Dorris crowned with a derby. Annie Gill the beauty looks cozy by at 'Pretty' Williams as he swings down. W[?] Harding, Sister Harding and Clara Benidick stand in the next row with Sam Pitinazer about to [?] his derby as he looks down. Porter Ward is just back of Glora Sullivan. Will Sewell reaches up to assist a young lady. I can't remember the others."
Date: March 12, 1905
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

[Photograph of Abilene Christian College Building]

Description: Photograph of the front of the two-story brick and stone Main Building with people standing in the doorway and in the windows. Note on the bottom of the photograph reads, "Christian College, Abilene, Texas."
Date: March 20, 1905
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

[Photograph of Track Team]

Description: Group photograph of the 1919 Abilene Christian College boy's track and field team. Ten young men sit, kneel, and stand in three rows in front of a professional photography landscape. Note on the back of photo states that it was copied from the Prickly Pear.
Date: April 2, 1905
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

[Photograph of Church of Christ in Washington D.C.]

Description: Photograph of a church building in Washington, D. C. Note on the back of photograph reads, "Church of Christ, 14th and Meridian Place, Washington, D.C., First series of sermons by Bro. Jesse P. Sewell, Apr. 3rd to 17th, 1921."
Date: April 10, 1905
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

[Photograph of Group in Snow]

Description: Photograph of two women, one young girl, and a man standing in front of a house covered in snow.
Date: April 30, 1905
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library