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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 www.clsnet.org 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.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Thinking evangelicals and Baptists leave Dobson, Land and SBC

Frances Fitzgerald makes that excruciatingly clear in the current print issue only of the New Yorker Magazine.
With references to the gamut from Wheaton College's Mark Noll, now at Notre Dame; to David Gushee who unlike other acquaintances of mine took a strong look at Al Mohler and Francis Schaeffer and puked (see his comments on Mohler's Covenant at SBTS in 94); this article lays it out clear.
Matthew Morgan and one of his brothers saw the light a long time ago. Whether or not blue collar baptists, whose heart Will Campbell has always known, will be influenced by folks who understand the gravity of the moment; I guess we will see.
It is a perilous political moment in America and there is a lot of confusion. The Baptist witness, the priesthood of the believer, is better incarnated by the House church Pastor in China whose testimony on PBS Frontline World, shines as bright in his time as Truett shone in his, and John Leland and Will Campbell in their time; that Pastor better incarnates a Baptist witness than many in the hamlets and suburbs of Alabama where it takes up a lot of money and energy in majoritarian throttle since the Civil War on through the George Wallace of Rick Perlstein's Nixonland.
But I'm talking in parables now, and lot of people have shouted in my face, some church women even cussing, I shoulda shut up long time ago.
Here is a link to Fitzgerald, hoping some of you have the character to read it and do something about it.

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2008/06/30/080630fa_fact_fitzgerald


http://www.talk2action.org/story/2008/6/24/0270/34412

"I'm the only sane {person} in here." Doyle Hargraves, Slingblade

And here is how it is playing out on Scott Hunter's blog at his Church in Orlando. I could see Matthew Morgan on staff at that church some day.
Maybe they have a library there where I would be welcome.

http://blogs.northlandchurch.net/2008/06/24/joel-c-hunter-featured-in-the-new-yorker-magazine/#comment-458

2 Comments:

Blogger Georgia Mountain Man said...

Thanks for this blog. I have been reading about this shift, and I think it has been a long time in coming. Finally, the evangelical segment of the Christian church will focus on the real needs of the world, not on the strict ideologies of a few. As a "non-evangelical" I can finally find common ground with this group.

8:10 AM  
Blogger John Killian said...

What does Will Campbell say?

5:00 PM  

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