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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.

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Texas Baptists and what would Bonhoeffer say to NRA Leadership

      Yesterday I called the DC office of Baylor Grad Trey Gowdy and asked What would Bonhoeffer say to the Leadership of the NRA given the massacre of the preacher's daughter in Texas Sunday and 27 of the fellow congregation. Then I called the President's office of my alma mater, Furman--coincidentally she was contemporary of Gowdy at Baylor--then the Dean's office of the Wake Forest Div School. I am going to notify the Baptist house of Studies at Duke, and Carson Newman and Mercer, all historically Baptist universities to ask the question what would Dietrich Bonhoeffer have to say to the Leadership of the NRA given preacher's daughters are getting mowed down during the Morning Worship service.

   It coulda been Bethany Baptist on Wilkinsville Road in Gaffney SC where my Dad was pastor from 62-78. Coulda been me in the 5th grade or my sister or brother, or Brooklyn Barksdale at the Collinsville Baptist Church where I was in a wedding Saturday; or one or all of Mark Morgan's four children, him a Duke grad with plenty of sense to navigate the odds--ten percent better chance in Canada than Collinsville Alabama of facing gun violence sometime during his children's next 70 years.

     Read, google, Selling the Politics of Fear, Osnos, New Yorker. Call the Honors Program at U Bama or Nick Saban's million dollar endowed youth ministry at St Francis Catholic Tuscaloosa and have them engage Will Ainsworth on the question; Will the Calvinist who will get you out of your Mother's womb then by God you are on your own to dodge the bullets.

    Follow the several enlightening pieces this week at the atlantic and NPR. Do not listen to Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson. They are doing the Devil's Work.

    Read Bonhoeffer on the politics of Stupidity in Charles Marsh's magnificent biography A Strange Glory. Read Furman grad Karen Guth, Claims on Bonhoeffer in the Christian Century.  Read Today's Religion Dispatches. Read Pulitzer's Marilynne Robinson at "Why Are We Here". Pray for Discernment. Pray Without Ceasing.


Blogger foxofbama said...

“In retrospect Sandy Hook marked the end of the US gun control debate,” Dan Hodges, a British journalist, wrote in a post on Twitter two years ago, referring to the 2012 attack that killed 20 young students at an elementary school in Connecticut. “Once America decided killing children was bearable, it was over.”

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