Issue 126 Baptists in America

What's inside

From outlaws to patriots

The early story of Baptists in America

Thomas S. Kidd and Barry Hankins

The wall of separation

The Baptist battle for religious liberty

Curtis W. Freeman

March to freedom

African American Baptists forged a strong identity in the face of oppression

Adam L. Bond

Attempting great things for God

Baptists spread the Good News around the world

Melody Maxwell

“That’s where I used to go to church”

Black Baptists and white Baptists shared something important in the twentieth century: a penchant for splitting

Barry Hankins

Baptists, Did you know?

Baptists “churching themselves,” founding schools, joining the army, and climbing trees

The editor and various contributors.

Editor’s note: Baptists in America

Graham’s crusades and King’s struggles are seen as bigger than any one denomination. . . . a lot of Baptist stories are like that.

Jennifer Woodruff Tait

Letters to the editor, CH 126

Readers respond to Christian History


Which Baptist are you again?

What is behind the names of all those Baptist branches?

Elizabeth Flowers

"For the public worship of almighty God and also for commencement"

Baptists founded schools early and often for many purposes

Amy Whitfield

Christian History Timeline: Baptists, 1600–2000

How a small group of English dissenters ended up transforming American religion

Association of Religion Data Archives, the Baptist History and Heritage Society, and other sources

A trumpet call for China: Lottie Moon

Lottie Moon remains the most famous Southern Baptist missionary of all time.

Melody Maxwell

All for Burma: Adoniram and the three Mrs. Judsons

The legacy of Adoniram and the three Mrs. Judsons encouraged thousands of Americans to faithful Christian commitment.

Melody Maxwell

Multiplying by dividing (again)

Baptists wrestle with fundamentalism and liberalism

Bill J. Leonard

Preachers, organizers, trailblazers

Some passionate men and women you may not know who carried forward the Baptist tradition in the United states 

Mandy E. McMichael

“America's Pastor” Prepared to Meet His Lord

Billy Graham (1918–2018)

Grant Wacker

Baptist Presidents and Vice Presidents

Several who held the high US executive offices were affiliated with Baptist churches

Jennifer Woodruff Tait

Baptists in America: Recommended resources

Here are some recommendations from CH editorial staff and this issue’s authors to help you understand the Baptist story.

The editors
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