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Brush Arbors Once Existed in Early America
NOTE: if you like lengthy hubs, I want to apologize to you right now. This topic, in my honest opinion, did not call for a hub that ranged in the 5,000-word hub area. This one said all that I wanted it to say. Thanks, Kenneth.
Some of Mankind's Greatest Milestones
July 20, 1969 was when Apollo with the first two humans, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin went to the moon. Armstrong, mission commander, landed on the moon's surface.
December 17, 1903 Wilbur and Orville Wright made four brief flights at Kitty Hawk with their first powered aircraft. The Wright brothers had invented the first successful airplane.
Surely and without argument, these events were (and always be) held in the utmost respect. But does anyone today, in 2017, know the definition of a Brush Arbor? Or when this very special event occurred? In circa. 1809, a religious reformation movement dubbed by the name, Brush Arbor where immigrants including Thomas Campbell, a "seceder," an early Presbyterian minister from Scotland to Pennsylvania brought the Christian Association of Washington to the first congregations of Christianity in early America.
On May 4, 1811, The Association reconstituted itself, May 4, 1811, as a congregational-overseers church. It built a meeting house named the Brush Run Church. Along with the Cane Ridge Meeting House in Paris, Kentucky, was considered to be one of the first churches in (the) Christian group later called the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
The first meeting can be described as exciting at Brush Run Church, June 16, 1811, when three people requested immersion, the earliest form of water baptism. These Christians had not been sprinkled, so Thomas Campbell baptized them. Thomas Campbell's first child, Alexander, his first child, born March 13, 1812, made the query of infant baptism of a pressing importance to him.
He restudied the entire matter of infant baptism and became convinced that (to him) was without New Testament sanction. He then decided that children (infants) need not be sprinkled. A deeper question was born. If infant baptism is without New Testament sanction, then those who had been sprinkled in infancy could not been recognized as being baptized. Then on June 12, 1812, Thomas and Alexander Campbell, their wives, and three others were immersed (baptized) by a Baptist preacher, Rev. Mathias Luce, in Buffalo Creek on a simple confession of faith in Christ.
Brush Run Church
expands as Campbell, his son, Alexander, and in all probability, the Rev. Mathias Luce who had baptized the Campbell's, all continued to share the simplicity of the Gospel all without the verbal teaching that infants, not knowing their right from their left hand, was clean in God's all-seeing sight while others, (adults) came to learn the Gospel and follow in the New Testament's best example of baptism: Jesus being baptized by John in the River Jordan.
These records and accounts of Thomas Campell and his family leaving Brush Run Church, are sketchy to say the least. And so are the account of when the first Brush Arbor came to be. From the earliest (established) church denominations, the Brush Arbor came to the forefront of newly-saved Christian converts meeting with anointed (or "called") ministers who mostly traveled from settlement to settlement to share The Bible, but not that much in a house, town hall or known church building.
Those early Christians relied on the common sense and leadership of other preachers (besides Campbell) to hold neighborhood revival meetings to keep the name of Christianity going and growing. When a structure was unavailable for church revivals, people built Brush Arbors which are nothing more but a place with wooden benches and seats (probably given by other Christians) and the Arbor had a roof made of tree limbs with the leaves attached.
of the topic of this hub: Brush Arbor, is when I was the age of seven years of age. My family and I lived in an area of The New Hope Community near my now-hometown of Hamilton, Alabama, which is the County Seat of Marion County, and my dad, being a good sharecropper, agreed to make the renter, (a) Mrs. Verta Dobbs, Hamilton, a widow who owned many acres of land to plant.
During our family's time of living on this home site, my dad along with Mrs. Dobbs, a devout Christian, took her and her oldest granddaughter, Debbie then-Dobbs, (and also my first playmate), to go up the Farm/Market highway 29, to the first Brush Arbor that "I" had ever witnessed. Fact is, this was the very first time that I had ever been exposed to religion.
Truth is, seeing the people worship under this Brush Arbor scared the living daylights out of me. No. I am not making light of anyone's worship or belief systems, but I noticed that Mrs. Dobbs was actually enjoying herself listen to the fast-tempo singing and playing and ever so often, a man or woman would shout praises to God and share a personal testimony with everyone.
To be totally honest. I had trouble with writing this hub. Not about the topic, but how to present it. This is the very first hub that I have presented about Brush Arbor(s). I did not really know how this would be taken when published. So I prayed silently as I wrote this and well, I will just let the chips fall where they may.
No pun intended.
© 2017 Kenneth Avery