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Thankful Thursday – The Rev. Dr. E. Glenn Hinson

On this Thankful Thursday I am grateful for the life and contributions of E. Glenn Hinson to my life. Carol has read his autobiography, Miracle of Grace, to me in daily installments. I wish that I could express my faith and Baptist heritage with such eloquence. He spoke at the Hamrick Lectures at First Baptist of Charleston in 2002. What a wonderful week-end. Glenn epitomizes my grasp of Baptist theology before the conservative shift of the Southern Baptist Convention in 1979. In addition to his book Dr. Monty Knight and Bruce Jane give me more details and great stories about Dr. Hinson.  Dr. Molly Marshall is also a great devotee of his. Dr. Hinson’s life is a testimony to his successful struggle to make a life for himself that his early years would not have predicted. He has handled his hearing impairment with  grace. His autobiography is filled with details, but is absolutely thrilling. His leadership in ecumenicalism and spirituality is legendary. His devotion to academic freedom is unwavering. Since he was in Charleston, we have maintained contact through email. What an experience it must have been for those who had this man as a professor and mentor. I will be forever grateful that he crossed my path. On this Thankful Thursday I say thank you to E. Glenn Hinson.

Thankful Thursday is a day set aside to thank those women and men who have made contributions to our lives. Let her or him know of your gratitude. Develop an attitude of gratitude. You will be glad that you did.

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Thankful Thursday – Wendell Thomas Guerry

On this Thankful Thursday, I am thankful for Tom Guerry. Tom combines the rare qualities of a scholar’s inquisitive nature and a pastor’s heart. For many years he taught in the religion department of Charleston Southern University having joined the faculty when Dr. John Hamrick was president. He and wife Vickie were in the Sunday school class that I led for many years at First Baptist Church of Charleston. Tom should have been teaching the class. We traveled together to many American Speech Language and Hearing Association conventions along with their son, Ben. On one such trip we attended services at the Crystal Cathedral. In addition to being an insatiable reader, Tom is a master woodworker. Carol and I prize the hand carved Chrismons he gave us for several years. Both Tom and Vickie use sign language fluently. He along with Dr. Hamrick and Dr. Monty Knight officiated at our wedding. Tom is one of the original members of our Monday Lunch Bunch and is responsible for our changing from a monthly to a weekly schedule. He politely refused the group’s help in constructing his much prized barn. He did an exchange pastorate many years ago with a pastor from England and has led tours of important Baptist sites there. He is now an adjunct professor at Webster University. Tom was born and grew up in North Charleston. He still is involved in the preaching ministry at several churches especially the French Huguenot Church.

Thankful Thursday is a day set aside to recognize someone important to our lives. Who are you thankful for today? Let her or him know it. You will be glad that you did. Develop an attitude of gratitude. Say Something Nice; Be a Lifter.

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Lewis Scholar, Wellness Specialist at Hamrick Lectures

             Dr. Jerry Root and Dr. Peter Walters are the speakers for the 16th Annual John Hamrick Lectures at First Baptist Church of Charleston on January 16 and 17. Both speakers are faculty members at Wheaton College.     

            Dr. Root, an authority on C. S. Lewis, will speak at 5:p.m. on Sunday afternoon and again at 10:30 a.m. on Monday. He will be introduced by Rev. Brian McGreevy, the chaplain at Porter-Gaud School and by Dr. Don Kirkland, president and editor of the Baptist Courier. Dr. Walters, who specializes in wellness, will speak at 9:30 a.m. on Monday. He will be introduced by Dr. Melvin Ezel.

Dr. Root has lectured or preached in fourteen countries and nineteen states. He is the editor of, The Quotable C. S. Lewis, published by Tyndale House. He contributed a chapter, “C. S. Lewis, “The Resurrection,” to The Baker Dictionary of Christian Education. “Tools Inadequate and Incomplete: “C. S. Lewis and the Great Religions,” is in, The Pilgrim’s Guide: C. S. Lewis and the Art of Witness. He was awarded his Ph.D. by the British Open University. He received the Master of Divinity degree from Talbot Graduate School of Theology and his B. A. degree from Whittier College. He joined the Wheaton faculty in 1996. He is a former pastor concentrating in youth ministry. His sister introduced him to the writings of C. S. Lewis. He has made of Lewis his life’s focus of study and research.

            In 2004-05 Dr. Walters received the Wheaton College Senior Teaching Achievement Award. He has published and presented papers including: “Intrapersonal Depth and Spirituality,” “Self Discovery and Spirituality,” “Childhood Obesity: Causes and Treatment,” and “Sleep and Spirituality.” Dr. Walters was awarded the Ph.D. and Master’s degrees by Texas A and M University and his B. A. degree by Western Kentucky University. Dr. Walters will address, “The Relationship between Physical Wellness and Spiritual Wellness.”

            The Hamrick Lectures are given in recognition of the life and work of Dr. John A. Hamrick, long time pastor of First Baptist Church and the founding president of what is now Charleston Southern University.

            All programs are held in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church and the public is invited to attend. There are no charges. Parking is at 48 Meeting Street. For further information contact the church office at 843-722-3896 or the web site

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