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Regional NBC gathering Jan. 31, 2009 in Birmingham, AL

Postby Mark » Sat Oct 04, 2008 2:15 pm

Today's Birmingham News says that former U.S. president Jimmy Carter will be the keynote speaker for this gathering, to be held 01/31/09 at the historic Sixteenth Street Baptist Church. Longtime Alabama and national CBF leader, Gary Furr, pastor of Vestavia Hills Baptist Church, is co-chairing the event.

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Re: Regional NBC gathering Jan. 31, 2009 in Birmingham, AL

Postby Bruce Gourley » Sun Oct 05, 2008 2:11 pm

I'm glad to hear Alabama Baptists are following up on the earlier Covenant meeting. I hope you will be attending, so you can give us a report!
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Re: Regional NBC gathering Jan. 31, 2009 in Birmingham, AL

Postby Big Daddy Weaver » Wed Oct 08, 2008 11:53 pm

Bruce Prescott has announced that the Midwest Regional NBC gathering will be held in early August at the convention center in Norman, Oklahoma.

I have never been to Oklahoma. Oklahoma has never been on my "states to visit" list. I really try to not go north of DFW.

I'll probably drive to Norman. If I can get a relatively cheap plane ticket, I'll head out to Birmingham. I don't particularly love Birmingham (the Civil Rights Museum is great) but I'll take Alabama over Oklahoma any day of the week. I hope both events are well attended. With Atlanta close by, I'm sure the Birmingham gathering will have a good crowd.

Are there a lot of NBC-friendly Baptist churches within a couple hours of Norman? I just don't know the area. Unfortunately, Texans that are located south Dallas really have a long way to travel for either event.
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Tim Tyson for Bham Jan Meeting

Postby Stephen Fox » Mon Oct 13, 2008 2:27 pm

Over the past few days I have taken a second close look at segments of Tim Tyson's great work about race struggle in America, Blood Done Sign my Name.
Though he is United Methodist, that is beside the point. The Planners for the Atlanta meeting will be remiss and shortsighted in my opinion if they don't make him a featured speaker; and at a minimum gather a working conversation of his last two chapters in the book, We All Have our Own Stories to Tell, and the closing Chapter Blood Done Sign my Name which also titles the book.
And be sure to see the great Eudora Welty quote in the closing chapter.
I don't speak for http://www.tonycartledge.com but he has blogged about Tyson recently and I think he would easily join me in this endorsement as would
Curtis Freeman of Duke.
On another front hope the planners will toy with an official invitation to Anne Graham Lotz and Harry Dent's daughter Ginny Brant. Brant has been an IMB trustee and as I read the Tea leaves, especially if conversation with Graham Lotz is encouraged, is open to overtures from the Covenant mindset as she strikes me as a signer of the Memphis Declaration and other indicators as uncomfortable with the SBC break with the Baptist World Alliance.
I understand David Gushee and others have made some soundings in Brant's direction. Would be great if she could be made welcome in Birmingham and join us there.
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Re: Regional NBC gathering Jan. 31, 2009 in Birmingham, AL

Postby Ed Pettibone » Tue Oct 14, 2008 6:41 pm

Fox Says "The Planners for the Atlanta meeting will be remiss and shortsighted in my opinion if they don't make him a featured speaker;__.

Ed: Fox what Atlanta Meeting are you Talking about ? Do you perhaps mean the Birmingham event?

Even so, Steve, I think you miss the intent of the NBC and the Satellite forums such as the one scheduled for Birmingham. They are aimed at assisting Baptist of all stripes to communicate more effectively. Some believe we need to accomplish that, before we we start asking those from outside the Baptist family for advice. This is not to say that Baptist Colleges, Universities and Seminaries should not draw upon informed individuals from outside Baptist life in establishing their forums butt the new Baptis Covenant is designed to addresses issues in a Baptist context and across a wide spectrum of educatioal levels not just at the college and post graduate levels.
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Re: Regional NBC gathering Jan. 31, 2009 in Birmingham, AL

Postby Stephen Fox » Thu Nov 06, 2008 7:57 am

ED:I wish you would read Tony Cartledge's blog on Tim Tyson.

You just don't know what you are talking about on this one; I'm sorry.
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Re: Regional NBC gathering Jan. 31, 2009 in Birmingham, AL

Postby Ed Pettibone » Sat Nov 08, 2008 5:41 pm

Stephen Fox wrote:ED:I wish you would read Tony Cartledge's blog on Tim Tyson.

You just don't know what you are talking about on this one; I'm sorry.


Ed: And Steve my friend, I suggest you re-read and then reply to the my first two questions in the post above yours.

And while you are at it please point out where what I said in regard to the NBC is in error.

P.S. I did read Tony 's Blog on Tyson I also read his review. To me it appears to be another telling of the Horrific tragedies perpetuated on blacks by white segregationist for many years. After a while they begin to blur into one, For the most part little changes, the names, the places, the specifics of the alleged triggering offence and the sham trials. Can you tell me that there is some thing new in this one.

Now with the up-coming meeting being in Birmingham. Perhaps some one will revive the story of that communities reaction to the September 1957 kidnapping and castration of Edward judge Aaron, by a group of Klansmen . I don't know if any one ever wrote a book on that one, but if so that is one I would like to read because I lived in B'Ham at the time, and would like to see how a written account flows with the bits and pieces that I recall.
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Tyson remains a Must read

Postby Stephen Fox » Thu Nov 13, 2008 3:32 pm

Ed, instead of arguing with me; you need to spend 14 bucks on the ppbk and read this book.
In addition to a provocative and page turning story, he has some meditations on his experience that reach the higher eschelons of Civil Rights Struggle meditation.
Quit arguing, just read the book.
And if after you have read the entire book you think it not worth your time, then my apologies to you upfront as well as the warning I want be able to take you seriously about much after.
Hope things otherwise are well.


And my challenge to read this book goes to the staff of CBF Atlanta as well as all involved in the Covenant planning.
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Re: Tyson remains a Must read

Postby Chris » Sat Nov 15, 2008 6:51 pm

Stephen Fox wrote:Ed, instead of arguing with me;... Quit arguing, just read the book.


When given the opportunity to admit and correct a mistake, SFox just changes the subject to make the person-in-the-right look like the "bad guy." Oh hum. :(
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Re: Tyson remains a Must read

Postby David Flick » Sun Nov 16, 2008 11:30 pm

To Ed, Fox wrote:Ed, instead of arguing with me; you need to spend 14 bucks on the ppbk and read this book.
In addition to a provocative and page turning story, he has some meditations on his experience that reach the higher eschelons of Civil Rights Struggle meditation.
Quit arguing, just read the book.
And if after you have read the entire book you think it not worth your time, then my apologies to you upfront as well as the warning I want be able to take you seriously about much after.

Hope things otherwise are well.

And my challenge to read this book goes to the staff of CBF Atlanta as well as all involved in the Covenant planning.

Fox, you don't take anyone here on this forum seriously. Furthermore, you've never have taken anyone seriously. That includes Ed, William, Bruce, myself, and most of the rest of the participants on BL.Com. I suppose that's because you are so consumed by your narcissistic know-it-all tendency to believe that you're the most important voice on these discussion forums. Clearly, by one of the quotes in your tagline, you think you're the only sane person on the forum:
In his tagline, Fox wrote:"I'm the only sane {person} in here." Doyle Hargraves, Slingblade

You plow though forums posting wild links to books, articles, and whatnot (most of which have little relevance to the topics being discussed). You post all of this stuff rarely engaging anyone in the discussions. You ponificate, drop names, and post links (example) and move on to another post and repeat the process. Then you have the audacity to demand that people read books and links to articles you post. You're a classic drive-by poster. About 90% of your replies are to yourself (i.e. you start a thread and follow it up with numerous posts with nothing but links). I personally doubt that much of anyone on these forums takes you seriously. You would do well to heed what Aaron Weaver wrote in this post...
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Re: Regional NBC gathering Jan. 31, 2009 in Birmingham, AL

Postby Stephen Fox » Tue Nov 18, 2008 11:46 am

Flick, you can die ignorant if you want too, I can't stop you.

Or you can join Stephen Black and Wayne Flynt in Birmingham and learn a few things.

I am not demanding you or Anthony Jordan read anything, just saying you as well as the staff of CBF Atlanta will bring a little something extra to the breakout in Bham with Flynt and Stephen Black if you have a conversational knowledge of Tim Tyson under your belt.

How did Mrs. Flick like The Secret Life of Bees???
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Re: Regional NBC gathering Jan. 31, 2009 in Birmingham, AL

Postby Chris » Tue Nov 18, 2008 11:58 am

Mark wrote:Today's Birmingham News says that former U.S. president Jimmy Carter will be the keynote speaker for this gathering, to be held 01/31/09 at the historic Sixteenth Street Baptist Church. Longtime Alabama and national CBF leader, Gary Furr, pastor of Vestavia Hills Baptist Church, is co-chairing the event.

Ya'll come. 8)


I'm considering it. Mark, can you provide a blue clickie to information about the site, registratioin, nearby hotels, etc.?

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Re: Regional NBC gathering Jan. 31, 2009 in Birmingham, AL

Postby Mark » Tue Nov 18, 2008 3:19 pm

Chris wrote: Mark, can you provide a blue clickie to information about the site, registratioin, nearby hotels, etc.?

I'll check later on, Chris. Right now, you know as much about it as I do. :)
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Re: Regional NBC gathering Jan. 31, 2009 in Birmingham, AL

Postby Big Daddy Weaver » Wed Nov 19, 2008 7:30 pm

Check my blog. I just put up links and info regarding the New Baptist gathering to be held at Wake Forest.
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Re: Regional NBC gathering Jan. 31, 2009 in Birmingham, AL

Postby David Flick » Wed Nov 19, 2008 10:13 pm

Stephen Fox wrote:1Flick, you can die ignorant if you want too, I can't stop you.

2Or you can join Stephen Black and Wayne Flynt in Birmingham and learn a few things.

1) Fox, if that be the case, I'll probably die ignorant. But the balderdash you suggest I read, yea even demand that I read, won't help me learn a solitary thing that I don't already know... :roll:

2) Why the heck would I want to drive to Birmingham for a NBC event when we're having one right here in Oklahoma? That would be pretty stupid wouldn't it?
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Re: Regional NBC gathering Jan. 31, 2009 in Birmingham, AL

Postby Mark » Wed Nov 19, 2008 10:58 pm

David Flick wrote:2) Why the heck would I want to drive to Birmingham for a NBC event when we're having one right here in Oklahoma? That would be pretty stupid wouldn't it?

Not necessarily. :angel:

Here are several excellent (and some semi-TIC) reasons to come to B'ham during the New Baptist Covenant:

1. A chance to be somewhere besides Oklahoma

2. A chance to worship at 16th St. Baptist Church

3. A chance to be near the heart of Crimson Tide football

4. A chance to spend quality time with Fox

5. A chance to to do hands-on mission work with the heathen tribes of nearby Georgia

6. A chance to avail oneself of Alabama's world-renowned cultural, educational, and literary resources

7. A chance to eat some good catfish and barbeque :)
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Re: Regional NBC gathering Jan. 31, 2009 in Birmingham, AL

Postby Chris » Thu Nov 20, 2008 12:04 am

Mark wrote:1. A chance to be somewhere besides Oklahoma

2. A chance to worship at 16th St. Baptist Church

3. A chance to be near the heart of Crimson Tide football

4. A chance to spend quality time with Fox

5. A chance to to do hands-on mission work with the heathen tribes of nearby Georgia

6. A chance to avail oneself of Alabama's world-renowned cultural, educational, and literary resources

7. A chance to eat some good catfish and barbeque :)


Although Nos. 2 and 7 REALLY appeal to me....now that I know I can save a lot of gasoline by driving to the one in Winston-Salem, that's going to be my choice.
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Re: Regional NBC gathering Jan. 31, 2009 in Birmingham, AL

Postby Ed Pettibone » Thu Nov 20, 2008 12:05 pm

Ed: Mark gave these "reasons" as to why it would not be stupid for David to drive to B'ham for that regional celebration of the New Baptist covenant when there will also be a similar meeting in Oklahoma.


Here are several excellent (and some semi-TIC) reasons to come to B'ham during the New Baptist Covenant:

1. A chance to be somewhere besides Oklahoma

2. A chance to worship at 16th St. Baptist Church

3. A chance to be near the heart of Crimson Tide football

4. A chance to spend quality time with Fox

5. A chance to to do hands-on mission work with the heathen tribes of nearby Georgia

6. A chance to avail oneself of Alabama's world-renowned cultural, educational, and literary resources

7. A chance to eat some good catfish and barbeque :)


But my friend mark Consider this.

The New Baptist Covenant is not an event, it is a document encouraging Baptist of every stripe to find ways of working together.

1. The purpose of the regional meeting is; a. To get baptist of different stripes within a region together to learn about one another. b.To make it convenient for those who have limited resources of money and time to participate in events similar to the original celebration held last January/February in Atlanta. C. And in doing a & b to lay the groundwork for future collaborative work.

2. In my understanding of Baptist Polity, the building is not the church. Although the 16th street building is well known due to the bombing that killed three young ladies, the 16th st building is not sacred. The 16th street Baptist Church is the body of Baptized believers who meet regularly at that location. It is they, their parents and grand parents who where among the most visible leaders in the civil rights movement of the 60's and 70's, but they will tell you of other congregations in the city (not all Baptist) who worked shoulder to shoulder with them. I have no doubt that they will be wonderful host for the NBC regional celebration but I will suggest that if one wishes to to experience the Church that meets there, most any other Sunday would be a better time.

3. Hey Auburn sometimes plays in B'ham too. And of course B'ham is home to its own University of Alabama [b]at Birmingham [/b].

4. Flick has had that privilege, I even took a picture with Flick's camera, of Fox and Flick together. It has been posted on these pages.

5. And that is why you made such effort to attend the Atlanta event in January ? And it is the SBC that does that "Cross over ---------" thing in the cities where they meet. I won't talk here about how they inflate those figures. Other than to say, they have met in Indianapolis three times in the past twenty years and I haven't seen any great impact there.

6. You are kidding aren't you?

7. Now Mark, if one wants REAL great cat fish, I suggest they leave B'ham, drive past the true home of the TIDE at Tuscaloosa and go on over past Meridian Mississippi to the town of Forest about half way between the state line and Jackson. And while B'ham does have some good Bar-B-Q Oklahoma does also. And if they didn't, there are a enough Texans involved in that Oklahoma NBC event I bet they could whip up a batch as good as any you have tasted. BTW my spell check recognizes Bar-B-Q but not barbeque.
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Re: Regional NBC gathering Jan. 31, 2009 in Birmingham, AL

Postby Mark » Thu Nov 20, 2008 1:12 pm

Ed Pettibone wrote:... the 16th st building is not sacred....

Yes, it is... if anything is.
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Re: Regional NBC gathering Jan. 31, 2009 in Birmingham, AL

Postby Chris » Thu Nov 20, 2008 4:36 pm

And wasn't it FOUR children?
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Re: Regional NBC gathering Jan. 31, 2009 in Birmingham, AL

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Re: Regional NBC gathering Jan. 31, 2009 in Birmingham, AL

Postby Ed Pettibone » Fri Nov 21, 2008 7:45 am



Ed: Thank both of you for the correction, from three to four. But Mark, I still disagree with you on the sacredness of the building, and stand by my point that almost any time other than Jan 31,09 would be a better time to have a true feel for the history of that building and the congregation that meets there.
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Re: Regional NBC gathering Jan. 31, 2009 in Birmingham, AL

Postby Chris » Fri Nov 21, 2008 8:13 am

Ed Pettibone wrote:


Ed: Thank both of you for the correction, from three to four. But Mark, I still disagree with you on the sacredness of the building, and stand by my point that almost any time other than Jan 31,09 would be a better time to have a true feel for the history of that building and the congregation that meets there.


If "sacred" is the right word for that part of Lower Manhattan where the WTC once stood; if sacred is the right word for the spot in Oklahoma City where the Murrah Building once stood, then sacred is appropriate for the 16th St. Baptist Church.
I guess "sacred" is in the mind and heart of the beholder. The value of the "loss" (in each of these cases) lies within the heart of the individual.
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If Flick makes it to Bham

Postby Stephen Fox » Fri Nov 21, 2008 3:47 pm

Where I met him for the first time, best I remember

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#4 :) and #7

Of Mark's sterling 7 reasons why above.
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Re: Regional NBC gathering Jan. 31, 2009 in Birmingham, AL

Postby Ed Pettibone » Sat Nov 22, 2008 5:25 pm

Ed: Chris you make a good point when you say "I guess "sacred" is in the mind and heart of the beholder. The value of the "loss" (in each of these cases) lies within the heart of the individual."

But I would not say that "sacred" is the right word for that part of Lower Manhattan where the WTC once stood or that sacred is the right word for the spot in Oklahoma City where the Murrah Building once stood. Like the 16th St. Baptist Church those places are places that are significant memorials of the inhumanity perpetuated in some ones view of justice. What about those acts qualifies as sacred? I am less than persuaded that calling them sacred or refusing to do so really affects the value of the losses, but to use that term for such places, does in my view detract from the meaning of sacred.

As for Mark's offering the 16th Street Baptist church as a reason for attending the regional NBC event in Birmingham next January, when I am in various parts of the world I try to visit as many historic places as possible but I do not make pilgrimages to visit edifices.
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