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new baptist covenant final recap

The Celebration of a New Baptist Covenant, by the rest of the numbers, etc.:

  • Baptist legends sighted together: too many to count (see Julie P-R and James Dunn, above)
  • Total number of MLK references: 21
  • Number of MLK references by African-American speakers: 6
  • Speakers bearing an uncanny resemblance to Texas Men's Basketball Coach Rick Barnes: 1
  • Non-political speeches made by Bill Clinton: 1 (I really didn't think he had it in him.)
  • Ratio of male-to-female speakers at the plenary sessions: 11:3
  • Number of Hispanic speakers at the plenaries: 0
  • Decisions I made to either start attending an African-American church or start standing up during The Preacher's sermons: 5-7
  • Gloom-and-doom luncheon that everyone but me seemed to think was the Best Speech Ever: 1
  • Number of times the Captain & Tennille-esque stylings of the worship leader brought us down from the mountain: innumberable
  • Number of times we sang "Love Will Keep Us Together": 0
  • Number of times I broke my own rule about never eating Tex-Mex east of Dallas: 1
  • Look on LD's face when she ate the most disgusting tamales any of us had ever seen (above; yes, that's yellow cheese and enchilada sauce on tamales): priceless
  • Taste of Laura the Elder's Reddi-whip-covered flan at the Worst Mexican Restaurant Ever: like rubber
  • Obnoxious buttons worn: 1
  • Number of times roommate Ann and I had to pack up our bags, check out of our room, and, in a particularly amusing bit of irony, be checked back in to the exact same room: 1
  • Ex-boyfriends run into: 1
  • Favorite sermons of the weekend: William Shaw, Joan Parrott, Charles Adams
  • Late-night trips to the Buckhead T.G.I. Fridays (which features valet parking) to stave off Professor Deutsch's "I drove in from Birmingham tonight" hunger pangs: 1
  • Number of Christian wonder products encountered in the exhibit areas: 1
  • Product claims for Miracle Wrap, quite possibly the best-worst Christian product I've ever seen: This Bible verse-printed saran wrap shares the gospel, promotes respecting diversity and peace, gives members a spiritual connection, promotes commitments to religious liberty, and prevents leaks.
  • Friends who were capable of keeping a straight face during the discussion with this product's promoter during which we obtained this free sample: 1
  • Documentary film production plans made for a film about other incredible Christian products and this convention: 1
  • Good times with thousands of Baptists: countless


Anonymous Chuck said...


I enjoyed reading your number-esque observations.

It sounds to me like the event managed to stay above politics, except for Gore's deal.

Monday, February 04, 2008 12:03:00 PM

Blogger texasinafrica said...


Yes, I was pleasantly surprised on that count. Al's message is inherently political in a sense, but even he didn't talk about specific candidates or anything like that. It was so refreshing.

Monday, February 04, 2008 12:26:00 PM

Blogger Michael Westmoreland-White, Ph.D. said...

I could have warned you about what passes for Mexican-American food in Atlanta.

Monday, February 04, 2008 9:33:00 PM

Blogger Ann said...

i think your male to female ratio is flipped. and i think there were actually 2 friends who kept a straight face during the miracle wrap conversations. andy talked to one guy for a long time with a genuine look of concern and intrigue before joining me shamefully on the sidelines...

Monday, February 04, 2008 9:35:00 PM

Blogger That Baptist Ain't Right said...

Now that was a great recap of the event. Next time, flu shot for me. And for you, no tamalas east of Dallas.

Monday, February 04, 2008 9:48:00 PM

Blogger texasinafrica said...

Ann, thanks for the heads up on the ratio, and all I know is what I saw when I turned around. And that was the wall of shame. :)

Tuesday, February 05, 2008 11:00:00 AM


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