Saturday, February 01, 2014

This Week in Texas Methodist History  February 2

Ruth Ragsdale Defines "Christian," Wins $50   February 2, 1930

Dallas First Methodist Church had a great idea for increasing attendance at its Sunday evening services.  They offered a $50 prize for the person submitting the best definition of “Christian.”  The contest required that the submissions be dropped in the collection plate at a Sunday evening service.  

$50 in 1930 was a significant sum, and you may be sure that there was no lack of  entries.  The winner was Ruth Ragsdale, a woman in her mid-thirties.   The prize was awarded by the pastor, the Rev. Carl Gregory at the 7:30 p.m. service on February 2, 1930.  

I am sure you are wondering what the winning definition was.  It was as follows:

A Christian is an avowed follower of Christ who endeavors to make his life comform as nearly as possible to the teachings of Jesus.


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