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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.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Best Potato Soup in Alabama is Moving

Bill Glenn's Mtn Grill is celebrating it's last weekend in Dogtown, Alabama this Friday and Saturday.
Many folks from far and wide have declared the potato soup to be the best they have ever eaten, and it's a big bowl.
One savvy diner says the ribs melt in your mouth, a texture much finer, and taste better than Bear Bryant's Widely acclaimed place in Tuscaloosa.
One fellow from Oklahoma had it twice in one day so you know it is good.
Homemade Sweet pickles on the fabulous salad bar.

Here is the Glenn's statement of Transition. New place will be just 7 minutes off I-59 at Collinsville exit 205, follow 68 East to top of the Mtn just before the Descent into Leesburg, Alabama.

And if you have two meals in Collinsville, check out the great food at China House where my friends Chen and Lupe serve a great meal.
Say Hello to Octavio there; he's goin to Ga Tech some day, you can see it in his eyes.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Bama Baptist Tea Party leader Prefers Artur Davis

Killian was one of my guests on Tax Reform late August of 2003 in a panel at Collinsville Baptist Church. Five months later I was voted out off the church rolls.
Killian was against it; remarkable evening nonetheless.
Since then I have worshipped at his church in Maytown, in February of 2009 to hear the Larry Nelson Singers of NW Arkansas sing about Jesus. They brought tears to my eyes, singing about Momma, and Climbing Jacob's Ladder.
They come from the heart of Sundance celebrated movie Winter's Bone.
But I digress.
Killian announces preference for Artur Davis.
I'm not sure what to make of it. I hope Kate Campbell heard as she was singing this weekend at East Lake UMC down the street from Bull Connor's Woodlawn where he had his Jabbok's Ford wresting with John Rutland, one of Bama's finest UMC preachers. If you don't believe me, read Paul Hemphill's Leaving Birmingham.

Not sure what to make of my friend Killian. Will have to see what Mike Shaw thinks before I can confirm what looks like a confounded endorsement.
Or another way of saying, Lookout Jesus,it's Paris Trout.

Just maybe this is Change you can believe in, to paraphrase Sarah Palin.
What will Joe Godfrey say??

And or Nick SAban; speaking of which I do hope he saw the Allen Iverson movie on ESPN last week.
Public challenge here to Dr. Killian and Mike Shaw and Joe Godfrey. Don't waste anytime in gettin your hands on a copy of David Remnick's The Bridge.
I'm sure my friend Annie Lucas Brown will help you expedite the Bama Interlibrary loan system if you can'tmake time to go by the Hoover Barnes and Noble and at least read the chapter on the SC Prez Primary 2008; and while you're in there check out Rove's chapter in his Consequences book on SC 2000.
As Jeremiah Wright said: "It's in the Bible."

Saturday, April 17, 2010

A Great Baptist has Passed by

You remember what was said to Jean Louise in to Kill a Mockinbird.

So has Cecil Sherman joined the Great Cloud of Witnesses in the Baptist ranks with Truett, Newman, Marney,King, Judge Frank Johnson and Hugo Black.

In 93 I had brief conversation with Sherman in Greensboro, NC. He got right to the point giving me a quote from the Chancellor of UNC, Bill Friday. Friday had told Sherman the most significant event in North Carolina in the decade of the 80's was the fundamentalist takeover of my Dad's alma mater, Southeastern Seminary. With the firing of Alabama native and Samford grad Randall Lolley, Friday said they were falling into Jesse Helms designs for the character of the state. For Helms and his Texas Regular molded Southern Baptist leaders knew that in SEBTS they could reach into the pulpits of every hamlet and suburb in the state and shift shape its character from a headset like that of Sam Ervin and the progressive Governors of the 60's; a mindset that among others legendary UNC Basketball coach Dean Smith grasped; and give the populace a bent we now see represented in the most reactionary cells of the Tea Party movement.
That otherwise good folks in the South, otherwise good Baptist deacons and school teachers and women in the WMU let that happen is a shame.
Just a few weeks ago in Vineville Ga Sherman led a seminar for Senior Adults titled
What We Did Right

As I have said in other venues, Amen.
Here is avenue to some great links and eloquent blogs that speaks of his witness and character; a man who understood what was at stake in his precinct of the world and did something about it.
Sometimes he grated, but ultimately he was right. He had insight and had wisdom like Abraham and David, even Jonathan Edwards and Lincoln.

"What We Did Right"

Monday, April 12, 2010

Casey Mattox, Adam, Inerrancy, and the Methodists down the Street

NT Wright linked above is favorite, great friend of Alabama UMC Bishop Will Willimon, Mattox CHS classmate Mark Morgan's Chaplain at Duke.

What are the ramifications of such discussions for Mattox and Morgan's home church given they hold to the Inerrantists SBC; or are these matters bright kids like the promising group of the 90's in Collinsville can no longer discuss and stay in good fellowship with the church where they were baptized?

And where is Jon Appleton on all this in distinction to say Timothy George, both in the county in the pulpit this year; as was Willimon about 5 years ago.

CBF blogger has taken it up. Interesting Conundrum; and where is CS Lewis on all this.
I think safe to say he is with NT Wright, but I am no authority

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Christ Descended Into Hell

If the Armenian iconography in the slideshow link embedded in the link below were done in Little Wills Creek, whose neck would Christ have his Heel on in the shadowy recesses of the flowing water?
And what were they teaching John III, Matthew and Casey Mattox at UVA???
Woulda been great to have explored these matters and the Smyth and Helwys Sunday School lessons of last fall on 400 years of Baptist Contribution; if history could be rerun; could've been most enlightening Easter classes of the mid 90's when there was a lot of promise.

Christ Descended Into Hell