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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.

Friday, October 10, 2008

RickNBubba and Bama Bap Con Politics

I called the Rick N Bubba show this morning toll free at 866 We Be Big.
Sweet girl answered the phone and promised to pass on my note to Rick.
I congratulate him on being chosen to be a featured speaker at the Alabama Baptist Convention this November after the nation's Presidential election.
Rick has a strong testimony--I am proud of him for his pilgrimage thus far--but it's political outcroppings are a little shallow and one dimensional, like that of Rick Warren.
I am challenging Rick to take a close look at Tim Tyson's Blood Done Sign my Name, particularly the chapters, "The Other South" and "We All Have a Story To Tell."
Tyson comes from the same kind of folks as Rick, just a couple states away. Rick if he is going to take the stage he is now embracing, should have more dialogue with UMC Bishop Willimon for one, who knows Tyson and his work well.
And shared reading with my Friend Dr. Thurmond at Dexter Ave in Montgomery couldn't hurt Rick either.
A movie is in the works of Tyson's story. Tyson is highly regarded by North Carolina Baptist http://www.tonycartledge.com/ , who like Rick, lost a child tragically. And the book has a scalding abortion story that will resonate with the evangelical world of RickNBubba.
Still, there is much room for Rick and the http://www.alsbom.org/ world of Joe Godfrey and his predeessor to grow. Inching toward the ecumenicity of Anne Graham Lotz for one wouldn't hurt.
In the meantime, Rick, your secretary has the note. Get the book before you preach to the state baptists and by all means get Tyson on your show to talk about it and the movie.

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