Author Archives: Carisse Berryhill

Carisse Mickey Berryhill, PhD, is Associate Dean for Archives and Collections at Abilene Christian University’s Brown Library. Berryhill holds advanced degrees in English, library science, and church history. She does research in rhetoric in the Stone-Campbell religious reform movement of the 19th Century and its 18th Century Scottish roots. At ACU she directs the university archives and leads the acquisition of print, archival, and digital collections related to the Stone-Campbell movement. She currently serves as chair of the Corporation Board of Restoration Quarterly.

Remembering Meta, Part Two, by Frank Bellizzi

A Girl and Her Dreams On September 3, 1944, a few days before her eighty-first birthday, Meta Chestnutt Sager looked back on her remarkable life and composed a long letter for her great-niece, Eva Heiliger. “So now to your questions,” she wrote. Responding to some of what Eva had asked about—Heiliger’s letter to…

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Remembering Meta, Part One, by Frank Bellizzi

Author Frank Bellizzi is a minister and a historian residing in Tulia, Texas. This guest post is the first of a series on Meta Chestnutt Sager (1863-1948), Oklahoma Hall of Fame educator. At Oklahoma Christian University in Edmond, a framed photograph with a brief biography hangs in the main hall of the College…

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Three Bells by C. S. Bell Still Ring at Freed-Hardeman University

By Tom L. Childers, Henderson, Tennessee There is something very magical and memorable about a school bell. Freed-Hardeman University has three of them, all manufactured by the same foundry. Charles Singleton Bell (1829-1905) apprenticed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to learn the foundry business from his uncle. In 1858, he began his own company called…

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“Our Tradition, Our Identity as Churches of Christ,” by David Worley

David Worley, Chancellor at Austin Graduate School of Theology and an elder at the Brentwood Oaks Church of Christ in Austin, Texas, delivered this seminar at the 2012 Sermon Seminar at Austin Graduate School of Theology. He explores  “Characteristics of Churches of Christ: Teaching (Our Youth) to Treasure and Appreciate Our Family Portrait…

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From Oklahoma Christian Special Collections: A Special Place for Cordell Memories by J J Compton

  JJ Compton, OC Archivist: When you think of Christian higher education connected to the Stone-Campbell tradition in the state of Oklahoma, my guess is that most people automatically think of Oklahoma Christian University which is located in Oklahoma City, or perhaps OC’s previous name and location, Central Christian College, located in Bartlesville.…

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