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Born May 18, 1953; got saved at Truett Memorial BC in Hayesville, NC 1959. On rigged ballot which I did not rig got Most Intellectual class of 71, Gaffney High School. Furman Grad, Sociology major but it was little tougher than Auburn football players had Had three dates with beautiful women the summer of 1978. Did not marry any of em. Never married anybody cause what was available was undesirable and what was desirable was unaffordable. Unlucky in love as they say and even still it is sometimes heartbreaking. Had a Pakistani Jr. Davis Cupper on the Ropes the summer of 84, City Courts, Rome Georgia I've a baby sitter, watched peoples homes while they were away on Vacation. Freelance writer, local consultant, screenwriter, and the best damn substitute teacher of Floyd County Georgia in mid 80's according to an anonymous kid passed me on main street a few years later when I went back to get a sandwich at Schroeders. Had some good moments in Collinsville as well. Ask Casey Mattox at if he will be honest about it. I try my best to make it to Bridges BBQ in Shelby NC at least four times a year.

Monday, July 02, 2007

Balmer's True Vine Baptist DC Glorious Address

Here is the early tease from the July 2 news items from compliments of Don Byrd.
As Byrd says he hopes a link for the entire address will be up soon.
A friend and his brother, a kidney doctor were both in the room with the 500 at the luncheon on Sunday and there eyewitness account was Balmer had a prolonged and enthusiatic applause and standing ovation at the end of his remarks.
I hope Matthew helps me get the word to Collinsville, Alabama. I got notice of it all in George Truett's hometown, Hayesville, North Carolina.
I did what I could do.

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Balmer Calls On Baptists
Author and professor Randall Balmer delivered a stirring speech yesterday afternoon at the annual Religious Liberty Council luncheon. I was fortunate to be one of 500+ Baptists listened to Balmer – himself an Episcopalian – tell of the “urgent” need to rescue the Baptist heritage of freedom from the seductive call of political power embodied in the religious right. He carefully wove together, in contrast, the recent history of those “calling themselves Baptists” with that of colonial Baptists who helped inspire the religion clauses of the First Amendment and who knew what it was like to be in the persecuted minority.

Balmer called pet campaigns of the religious right, like those that would post Ten Commandment monuments at courthouses, “fethishes” that “denigrate the integrity of faith.” Of “prayer in school” controversies he said they are a “canard” that should be shown for what they are, since in fact it is state-sponsored prayer, and not prayer generally, that is found objectionable in the courts. And he received rousing applause when he added, of prayer, that true Baptists believe compulsory prayer – or prayer that is “rote” – makes a “mockery of faith.”

Throughout, he urged us – for the sake of our faith - to steer clear of the invitation to allow our religious perspective to gain the “imprimatur” of the government and pleaded with Baptists to return to our historic position of “watchman” on the wall separating church from state. Only then, Balmer insisted, would the church regain its prophetic voice and move back to the fringes of society where religion does its truest work, holding the seats of power to account on behalf of the poor and the sick and the disenfranchised.
His keynote address would be well worth a read. If I can find a link to text of his remarks, I’ll pass it along.
Posted by Don Byrd on June 30, 2007 09:45 AM
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Great words well chosen by Balmer: fetishes, rote, mockery, canard, imprimatur. But my all time favorite is "counterfeit" as he rightly named Richard Land in his chapter on Baptists in Thy Kingdom Come.
Balmer is a grand fellow, and like me and Russ Beene he knows his Cane Ridge. I'm gonna get word to Bertis. Balmer is scheduled to speak at Furman University March 2008.


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