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By John Pierce

There is a wonderful opportunity on Oct. 22-23 in Chattanooga, Tenn., to gain new insights into the American Civil War that ended 150 years ago. Please consider joining us for this informative and enjoyable time.

Two excellent historians, Bruce Gourley of Bozeman, Mont., and Bobby Lovett of Nashville, Tenn., will address the intriguing topics of how all parties in the conflict claimed divine favor and how that national division a century and a half ago continues to impact American life.

Thursday’s program will be a relaxed evening that begins with good BBQ and ends with open dialogue about these intriguing presentations. Friday’s tour of significant Civil War sites will be guided by very informative park rangers.


Here’s the schedule:


First Baptist Church, 401 Gateway Ave., Chattanooga, Tenn.

5:30 PM – Registration and Reception

6:00 PM – Dinner / Presentations and Panel Discussions

“Who is on the Lord’s side? How Baptists North and South, White and Black, Claimed Divine Favor”

By Bruce T. Gourley, Ph.D., Executive Director, Baptist History & Heritage Society

“Legacy and Loss: How the Civil War Still Impacts American Society”

By Bobby Lovett, Ph.D., Retired Senior Professor, Tennessee State University

Dialogue — Facilitated by John Pierce, Executive Editor of Baptists Today

Fellowship/Book Signings




8:15 AM – Meet at First Baptist Church of Chattanooga to begin tour

9:00 AM – Tour Chickamauga Battlefield

12:15 PM – Lunch

2:00 PM – Tour Cravens House and Point Park on Lookout Mountain

3:30 PM – Tour/event ends at First Baptist Church

The $45 registration fee (which covers dinner, the conference and the tour) may be paid online at or by check to Baptists Today, P.O. Box 6318, Macon, GA 31208-6318. Please register soon to help us in our planning.

This Nurturing Faith Experience is sponsored by Baptists Today/Nurturing Faith Publishing, Baptist History & Heritage Society, Tennessee Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and First Baptist Church of Chattanooga. All interested persons are invited to join us!

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