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  1. There is conviction, and there is conviction. I think of four men and four women in my lifetime who have inspired me by their conviction. The first man was my country village pastor, a minister who fulfilled William Warren Sweet’s description of the Frontier Farmer Preacher of the Baptists (our corresponding parallel to the Methodists’ Circuit Rider). Rev. George Washington Gray, pastor of the Nimmons Baptist Church, so fitted the description Sweet gave that for a little while, I thought that noted historian from the University of Chicago had used my childhood pastor as a model. he had not, of course, but his faithful delineation of the practitioner was that good. Brother Gray was a Sovereign Grace minister, balanced, careful, thoughtful, compassionate, a man who invested his life and his all into the ministry that Nimmons, Arkansas needed at that time. I can still hear his quavery voice, saying, “Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?” When I preached a revival there in the sixties, he was Pastor emeritius, and he took me for a visit to Memphis to see Bellevue Church in Memphis. He told me that during his years at Nimmons, he baptized percentage wise as many as Dr. Lee at Bellevue. Alas! Nimmons would continue its economic decline, and the church no longer exists. Conviction marked that man as it did the three others I have in mind and the four ladies, but time and space do not permit further comment.

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