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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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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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