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Walter "Buddy" Shurden
Walter "Buddy" Shurden is a veteran church history professor who lives in Macon, Ga. He taught at Carson-Newman University, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Mercer University. He is author of numerous books including "The Baptist Identity: Four Fragile Freedoms," "Not a Silent People: Controversies that Have Shaped Southern Baptists" and the five-volume Proclaiming the Baptist Vision set.
It was the word I heard him say more than any other single word in over four decades of deep friendship. He said it the same way every time, but, inexplicably, it fit every possible situation. I told him a…