VETERANS SPEAK ON THE NEED FOR FAITHFULNESS
On this weekend that honors the veterans in our armed services it is an appropriate time to also honor “veterans of the Cross.” I do so by allowing their words to once more challenge our present generation of soldiers of Christ.
Ben Franklin (1812-1878), veteran preacher and editor in the Restoration Movement from Indiana. “Progress is a good word but I fear that brethren misunderstand it. These who cry for ‘progress’ show an extreme dislike for a “thus saith the Lord,” and for a “it is written.” Men need to progress in knowledge, but let us distinguish between progress and apostasy.” (As quoted in Earl West, Search for the Ancient Order, vol. 2: 145).
J. B. Briney (1839-1927), veteran preacher from Kentucky. “There are some among us who seem to have imbibed quite an antipathy to first principles. They love to talk about a ‘higher spirituality,’ a ‘deeper piety,’a ‘broader love,’ etc. Were it not that these men make such lofty pretentions to a ‘higher spirituality,’ you would be led to think that this is the very article they most need. . . . The man that is tired of the first principles of the doctrine of Christ is tired of the only thing that can convert men to God, and lift their souls in holy aspiration to heaven. But when a man says he is tired of first principles, what does he mean? Does he mean he is tired of faith? No. He has much to say about faith. It is his theme on all occasions. Does he mean that he is tired of repentance? Certainly not. He is for repentance, theologically, at least. What then is the substance of all this opposition to first principles and the men who are devoted to them? Simply this: ‘I am tired of baptism for the remission of sins.’ This is what you get when you simmer all this talk about a ‘higher spirituality,’ etc., down.” (As quoted in West, Search for the Ancient Order, Vol. 2: 143-144).
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Bruce was born in Warren, Ohio in 1959. His father, Emanuel Daugherty, is a gospel preacher. He married the former Gayle Gleaton of Fairview, Georgia in 1981. He and his wife have two sons: Mike age 28, lives in Chicago, working in the advertising community and Vince, age 25 who is married to Tiffany and teaches high school in Daytona Beach.
Bruce received his B. A. in Bible from Freed-Hardeman College in 1981. He received his M. A. in Church History from Harding Graduate School of Religion in 2006.
Bruce served as an associate minister for the Reynoldsburg (Ohio) Church of Christ from 1981-1983. He was a missionary in Cervignano, Italy from 1983-1990. He preached for the Beville Road congregation in Daytona Beach, FL from 1990-2000. He preached for the 10th & Clairmont Church of Christ in Cambridge, Ohio from 2000-2011. In November 2011 he returned to Beville Road to serve as their preacher. He has held gospel meetings in Florida, Ohio, West Virginia, and Tennessee. ,.......more