Posts Tagged Mercer

Thankful Thursday – The Rev. Dr. Scott Walker

On this Thankful Thursday, I am grateful for the gifts that the Rev. Dr. Scott Walker brings to my life. Scott was our pastor during the most difficult time in my life and during Hurricane Hugo.  When my late wife was in intensive care at St. Francis Hospital, he came to visit every day. After her death he was a rock and helped me through it, but he was never intrusive. Scott is a marvelous speaker and an accomplished writer. He still inspires me with his writings in the annual editions of Guidepost Devotionals. Scott spent much of his childhood in the Philippines where his parents were missionaries. That is another connection because Liz’s parents were also missionaries in the Philippines and she and her sister grew up there. Scott started college at Furman but graduated from Mercer where he now works. Scott is a Bible scholar and weaves that knowledge into his sermons and books. He left Charleston for Waco, Texas. When my brother-in-law, Joe Gilliland, and I visited him there, the first things in the church he showed us were the spacious, modern restrooms. If you have visited First Baptist in Charleston, you will understand that remark. While Scott was at FBC, we also had a writer’s group that met at the church that included Bret Lott. Beth, his wife, and he love dogs. Beth is a gifted, gracious lady who works with international students. Scott’s latest book is, The Edge of Terror. On this Thankful Thursday, I am thankful for the gifts that Scott Walker brings to my life.

Thankful Thursday is a day set apart to recognize the importance of someone to our lives and to let her or him know of our gratitude. Develop an attitude of gratitude. Say Something Nice; Be a lifter. You will be glad that you did.


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Loving Beyond Your Theology

            If you have even glanced at the list of contributors to, Christian Civility in an Uncivil World, you will have some idea of the joy I had in bringing this group together. Each one is a deeply devoted Christian with enormous talents. Some of them are extremely well known and the others should be. Dr. Jimmy Allen was one of the first to give me the thumbs up and a very enthusiastic response. His chapter dealing with putting the New Baptist Covenant Meeting together is wonderful reading. Now Jimmy is the subject of a new book, Loving Beyond Your Theology, published by Mercer University Press. What a wonderful title, but better still what a wonderful description of a man who has dedicated his life to creating a better world and a better religious climate. Jimmy Allen is a giant among giants. I first met him in 1986 when I went to Fort Worth, Texas to be interviewed about my book, Speaking in Church Made Simple. Today they would have just skyped me. Jimmy was the brains and heart behind the ACTS Network. In the new book Jimmy Carter gives a great deal of credit to Jimmy Allen for his election as president. These are two Christian leaders that we can trust.

            I am grateful to God for Bringing Jimmy Allen to me. We had a wonderful chance to get together at a meeting on Daniel Island. What a wonderful man. Read his chapter in my book and then read the new book about him, Loving Beyond Your Theology: The Life and Ministry of Jimmy Raymond Allen by Larry McSwain published by Mercer University Press.

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