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Bernard Irwin Barnes was a Methodist minister stationed at churches in West Virginia and Maryland from the 1930s through the 1960s. His papers include his sermon notes and drafts, including the dates and churches where each sermon was delivered; assorted prayers and quotations; and his personal scripture study of First Corinthians.

This collection includes Barnes' sermon notes and drafts, including the dates and churches where each sermon was delivered. These are usually typescripts with manuscript annotations. Topics range from scripture study, the life of Jesus, and traditional devotional subjects to more contemporary topics such as race relations and World War II. He references scripture as well as other Methodist writings, like Clovis Chappell's Ten Rules for Living. The collection also includes miscellaneous notes kept by Barnes with assorted prayers and quotations; his personal copies of the Methodist Ritual and his personal scripture study (including annotations) of First Corinthians; assorted church bulletins and orders of service from various churches; and some miscellaneous receipts and other items related to his pastoral work.

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Collection consists of typescripts of Rev. Kenneth Johnson's sermons, many containing handwritten notes and accompanying material on which the sermon topic was based. Sermons are numbered and are arranged by date, according to the church Johnson was serving at the time. The 2002 accession also contains card indices of sermons (ca. 3600 items), which arranges sermons by title, topic, and scriptures and texts. Johnson's sermons were delivered at United Methodist churches across North Carolina, including McKendree Chapel, New Mt. Vernon-Shady Grove, West Bend, Oak Summit, Asbury Memorial, Green Street, Saint Andrew's (Charlotte), Central (Mooresville), Leaksville (Eden), First (Newton), Burkhead (Winston-Salem), Aldersgate Methodist (Shelby), and Grace Methodist (Greensboro). Johnson also preached several sermons in Indonesia (1995, 1998).

Accompanying the sermons are Johnson's personal record books and bulletins from his appointed churches. The church bulletins are bound by date and church; the record books, designed for a pastor's personal use, record his annual sermons preached as well as his congregation's marriages, births, funerals, and other notes from his work as pastor at various churches. Also contains Johnson's lecture notes and reading lists from summer school and divinity courses at Duke University.