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Unlikely Clay

Dr. Clay Smith, the Lead Pastor at Alice Drive Baptist Church, writes a semi-weekly blog relating to the church, current events, sermon series or other things that are relevant to life today.  

 

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  • Spewing Liver…

    Apr 20, 2018 | 11:59 am

    I realize most of you grew up in tasteful families with genteel manners, where everyone was born knowing which fork to use for dessert and which fork to use for salad.  I grew up in a family that was proud to have forks. We did have some couth.  Chewing with your mouth open or smacking […]

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  • The Empty House…

    Apr 13, 2018 | 10:36 am

      No one lived in the old Durrance home place.  The two-story house sat empty most of my childhood and teen-age years.  What had once been home to a family was home to rats and snakes.  The house was a hazard. The surviving grandson, Juddy, owned the place.  He decided to burn it down (you […]

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  • Temptations…

    Apr 6, 2018 | 12:38 pm

    My brothers and I were given the chore of cleaning out the horse stalls.  Steve was seventeen, Bobby was fourteen and I was ten.  Over time, the horse stalls fill up with processed horse feed.  My step-father, Lawrence, never one to waste a resource, wanted us to shovel it onto the truck, and then shovel […]

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  • Peter Meets Jesus on Easter

    Apr 1, 2018 | 15:42 pm

    It is just a fragment of a verse: “The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon (Luke 24:34).”  On the day that changed the world, Jesus took time to personally appear to Simon Peter.  Peter, of course, would become the leader of the church, the preacher of the first Christian sermon, and the one […]

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  • The Pile…

    Mar 30, 2018 | 14:48 pm

    Imagine all the evil of the world piled into one place.  What’s in the pile? There is big evil, of course.  Slavery throughout the centuries.  Genocide.  Wars of conquest and plunder.  Apartheid.  Into the pile goes not just the sins of nations, but the sins of complicit individuals, many of whom would claim, “We were […]

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  • Larry’s Truck…

    Mar 23, 2018 | 11:43 am

    My brother-in-law, Larry, is a great guy.  A Florida Athletic Hall of Fame High School Soccer Coach, in his 50’s he discovered turkey hunting.  When Larry gets interested in something, intensity is too mild a word to describe his focus.  The ranch has ready-made turkey hunting habitat.  Larry was hooked.  Before long, he was embracing […]

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  • The Night They Tried to Fire the Preacher…

    Mar 16, 2018 | 12:35 pm

    We moved away from the ranch when my mother married my step-father.  For ten years, I lived in Largo, an exploding suburb of St. Petersburg.  It was at the First Baptist Church of Largo that I made my profession of faith and was baptized. Because Baptists believe in the priesthood of believers, at that time […]

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  • We Are Different, We are the Same…

    Mar 9, 2018 | 19:47 pm

    We are different. We have different skin tones, different facial features.  Northerners sound funny to Southerners; Southerners sound funny to Northerners.  Some have hair, others (like me) have beautiful scalps, free from follicle interference.   Some people like liver; others gag at the smell. Men and women are different.  Sure, there is basic biology: women have […]

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  • Blind…

    Mar 2, 2018 | 14:45 pm

      I got my first pair of contacts in the seventh grade.  They were (and still are) the old-fashioned rigid plastic kind.  The optometrist emphasized to me over and over, “These must be kept clean.”  Have you ever seen a twelve-year-old boy keep anything clean? After a few months of wearing my contacts (and not […]

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  • When Billy Graham Said “No”…

    Feb 23, 2018 | 13:32 pm

     Billy Graham was a son of the segregated South.  He grew up, as did I, with signs declaring “Whites Only” and “No Colored Served Here.”  Division by race was the abnormal accepted thing.  It was understood that black people who showed up at “white” churches would be met at the door and redirected to a […]

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