A better question would be who is the Silver Spring Church of Christ? We are a body of people who believe that Jesus Christ is Lord -- meaning that God lived on earth in the form of Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus Christ taught us how to live, died for our sins, rose from the dead (to demonstrate that He really was God) and now sits at the right hand of the Father.
Our congregation consists of people from every race, of many languages and nationalities (about 25 nations represented on a typical Sunday morning!), of all ages, educational levels, marital statuses, and economic levels.
We are all sinners who have thrown ourselves on the grace of God, and we live with a joy and peace because God graciously forgives. God's Holy Spirit lives in us, and changes us from what we should otherwise be without Him.
A Great Christian Editor
One of the many fascinating and faithful leaders in the Restoration
Movement was G. P. Bowser. He was among other things, a
preacher, principal, teacher, printer, and founding editor of “The
Christian Echo.” This periodical has been in publication for more
than 110 years and is a lasting legacy for our brother in Christ.
This is why he is “generally deemed the father of black journalism”
among churches of Christ.
George Phillip Bowser was born on February 17, 1874 in Maury County, Tennessee,
which is about 60 miles south of Nashville. He grew up and was educated in
the educational system of the Methodist church. He attended Walden University,
where he mastered five languages in addition to English, Greek, Hebrew, French,
German, and Latin. He was also a diligent writer and student of the Bible.
After a tragic train accident, which left lasting injuries in his hip and arm, he married
Francis Rebecca Billips on June 25, 1896. “He soon left the Methodist church and
was baptized into the Christian Church.” Later he broke from them, because of his
opposition to instrumental music in the worship services and missionary societies.
Bowser then became one of the great leaders in the churches of Christ.
In 1902, at the age of 28, Bowser began publishing
“The Christian Echo.” He “bought a small hand printing
press and placed it in his home on Jefferson Street
in Nashville.” The periodical was primarily editorial in
nature. He provides our churches with some of the best
sermons, articles, and reports from brethren throughout
the brotherhood. In spite of occasional struggles, financial
difficulties, moves, etc., Bowser continued as
editor until about 1946. Just four years later, G. P.
Bowser died in the Lord on March 23, 1950. He was a
great Christian journalist with many accomplishments, and was one of the
most influential editors and leaders among the churches in Christ of the 20th
Minister, Silver Spring
Church of Christ
James O. Maxwell, Don’t Know Much About Church History (Pasadena, CA: Haun
Publishing, 2003), 127.
Earl Irvin West, The Search For The Ancient Order: A History of The Restoration
Movement, 1919-1950 (Delight, AR: Gospel Light Publishing, 1987), 243.