Acceptance and Rejection: Paul Rogers reflects on forty years of preaching

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While processing gift books this morning I came to These 40 Years, The Best of Four Decades in One Pulpit, written by long-time Middle Tennessee minister Paul Rogers.

This brief comment (p. 13) caught my eye:

Acceptance and Rejection

Over these forty years, I have been loved by most, loathed by some, helped by most, heckled by some, acquainted both with bouquets and brickbats.  I have been compared to Billy Graham, Batsell Barrett Baxter, and Beelzebub!  I have had one person to insist she could listen to me forever and another to say she had rather hear a dog bark!  I have been encouraged and discouraged, glad and sad, up and down and all around…

 

An Icy Baptism from 1948

It never fails. Whenever I look for something for a researcher, I always find some interesting article, or photograph or bit of information.  This morning I ran across this image of a baptism in the 30 October 1948 issue of Christian Standard.

Baptism in ice, Christian Standard, October 30, 1948, p. 715

Baptism in ice, Christian Standard, October 30, 1948, p. 715

The caption reads: “After having cut ice five inches thick, John D. Jenkins, minister at Odin, Ill., is pictured baptizing his uncle at Eldon, Mo., last February 11.”

The article describes how Jenkins baptized his three brothers, his sister, wife, three children, his wife’s aunt, two uncles and a cousin…12 souls in all.

Baptism in ice, Christian Standard, October 30, 1948, p. 715

Baptism in ice, Christian Standard, October 30, 1948, p. 715

Track and Field with ACU’s Bobby Morrow

Track and Field with ACU’s Bobby Morrow (1957-58). This reel of news stories about college track and field meets focuses primarily on Abilene Christian College’s Bobby Morrow competing at meets in 1957 and 58. The stories capture scenes from the West Coast Relays in Fresno in 1957, the Texas Relays in Austin in 1957, and the American Business Club Relays in Big Spring in 1958. Throughout, Morrow and the ACC relay team that also included Bill Woodhouse, James Segrest, and Waymond Griggs consistently break records. Among other footage of big names in track and field are scenes of Morrow racing Duke’s Dave Sime in 1958; Morrow and Sime were constant rivals for the title of “Fastest Man in the World.” Although they had both beat each other previously, in this race, Sime wins by a foot and a half.

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Track and Field with ACU's Bobby Morrow 1957-58