That was a pleasant and profitable occasion for those who were so fortunate as to attend. This was the initial session. It was held with the Silas Baptist Church, in Bourbon County, on Saturday and Sunday, July 30, and 31.
The writer did not arrive until noon Saturday, hence did not hear the sermon Friday night, preached by Bro. C. H. Braden, in the absence of Rev. Preston Blake.
The discussion of the first topic on Saturday I missed - "What is necessary to keep our churches alive, active and vigorous?"
At eleven o'clock, Rev. W. B. Crumpton led, and others followed, in a helpful discussion of "The Scriptural plan of giving."
"The relation of the churches to Temperance" was clearly and forcibly set forth by Prof. Rucker, of Georgetown College. He held that it was the duty of every Christian man to vote for men who are known to be opposed to the liquor traffic; and of every Christian woman to see that he did it. If this were done, the question would be settled.
"What is a revival, and how can we have it?" was the topic well handled by Bro. T. B. Ray. Others followed in earnest discussion.
"Church Discipline and its value." was, in the absence of Rev. E. O. Wright, discussed by Brethren Crumpton, Cody, Mosely and others.
At eight o'clock Saturday evening, Rev. J. M. Roddy, bishop at Midway, preached a strong sermon on the "Design of Baptism," to a crowded house. His argument was logical and scriptural, and many favorable comments were heard.
At ten o'clock Sunday morning, a Sunday-school mass meeting was held. Brethren A. G. Mosley and A. J. Taylor talked earnestly and practically ABOUT "The best results of Sunday-school work, and how to obtain them."
At eleven o'clock, Bro. Crumpton preached a missionary sermon as only he can do it.
The spiritual feast closed Sunday night with a tender, uplifting sermon by Dr. A. C. Davidson. It was a fitting close to a meeting so full of spiritual power.
The good sisters treated us to a feast of another kind. Long tables under the trees, fairly staggered with their load of good things. Some of the cakes and pies were like the office buildings in Chicago - fourteen stories high. Dr. Sampey ought to have been there.
Inspired by one or the other of the feasts, Bro. Cody moved, immediately upon re-assembling after dinner, that the Fifth-Sunday Meeting of the Elkhorn Baptist Association be made a permanent institution. There was not a dissenting voice, and Bishop Roddy was made chairman of a committee to prepare a program for the next one to be held the fifth Sunday in October. I hereby give notice of my intention to be there.
I was entertained in the home of Bro. Jno. W. Thompson, and it is needless to say I was well cared for.
Along with the pleasant time came more names to the subscription list of THE BAPTIST ARGUS.
I journeyed from here to Georgetown, and found a warm welcome in the home of Bro. and Mrs. Cody. A pleasant drive with him five miles into the country where he is holding a meeting, yielded more subscribers. Thus the days of vacation pass pleasantly away.
[From The Baptist Argus, August 11, 1898. P. 12. Transcribed and formatted by Jim Duvall.]
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