Mike Cope's blog

Saturday, March 12, 2005

We've been gone a couple days. Our "spring break" was a return visit to Cook's. It was wonderful having a couple days to be with Jon Weston and his parents. That stupid infection will not leave the poor kid alone. Please join us in praying that it will go away quickly. Yesterday morning I thought we were just dropping by JW's room quickly to say good-bye. But he was having a really good day and there was a Monopoly game waiting for another player. Chris's eyes lit up. Needless to say, we didn't get back to Abilene very early. My least favorite sign I saw on the trip: "VOTE THE BIBLE." Ah yes, such a comforting world. But behind is such naivity about scripture, about interpretation, and politics, and about our culture. It assumes, after all, a Christian society and a Christian worldview. My favorite sign was on the marquee at Pappadeux: "MAHI-MAHI: SO GOOD THEY NAMED IT TWICE." I'm a seafood fanatic, so there are a lot of things I'd be willing to name twice. I could eat fresh seafood every evening for the rest of my life. Raw oysters, grouper, crab, mahi-mahi, amberjack, seafood gumbo, red snapper, scallops, flounder, etc. And shrimp? Bubba was right ("Forest Gump"). You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, sautee it. . . . shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There's pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich. And as Bubba would say, that's about it.


  • I figured you preferred mountain oysters given your disdain for the beach...

    By Blogger Grant, at 3/12/2005 08:01:00 AM  

  • Your response to the sign "VOTE THE BIBLE" is interesting because how I was thinking of it as I just now read it before seeing what you had to say further was that's what we OUGHT to be doing, not that that's what we're currently doing or how the country already is. Of course, that gets into a whole other area of deep discussion as to what "VOTE THE BIBLE" would really mean and entail, as you so aptly pointed out.

    But, I'll tell you what - we'll discuss it over a three or four day lunch here on the Gulf Coast and across the lake in New Orleans over seafood. How does that sound?

    This is a huge seafood season right now because this is Catholic country and it's Lent. Many of them give up red meat for seafood, which wouldn't be any sacrifice for me, I'll tell ya! But, you left out the number one seller around here right now that is just great, once you get the hang of it and learn how to eat it. CRAWFISH!

    If you've never been to a big crawfish boil with all the "fixin's", including spicy boiled red potatoes, corn on the cob, artichokes, garlic, mushrooms, sometimes, and whatever else you might want to throw in the huge pot, in southern Louisiana or on the coast of Mississippi on a warm spring day (around here with several kegs of cold, cold beer, but we're c of C, of course, right?!), you haven't fully lived.

    Around here, you have crawfish boils for every occasion from weddings to wakes. When I graduated from law school, we had one that was a blast. My mom and dad and sister were all here from Abilene, my daughter and family from McKinney and various other assorted relatives and friends. What fun!

    About that same time, we hauled 30 pounds of fresh shrimp on ice out to Abilene to celebrate my mom and dad's 50th wedding anniversary.

    I'm telling you, you would absolutely LOVE the fresh seafood here all the time. I never get enough of it, myself, or get tired out it.

    But, that's also why the population of New Orleans is one of the heaviest in the nation! So, if you want to stay slim and trim, you might want to stay in Abilene. Although, we've had some really good steaks out there around town and down at Buffalo Gap. So, there are advantages to being there, too.

    Nah . . . not me. I'll take the seafood fixed any way any day.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3/12/2005 08:28:00 AM  

  • So, have you ever been to Bayou La Batre where Bubba was from? It's just a few minutes drive down from I-10 the next time you are in that area. Lt. Dan still hangs around down there in his shrimp boats.

    By Blogger David U, at 3/12/2005 08:35:00 AM  

  • Dear Mr. Cope,

    I have never had the privilege to meet you but 4 years ago I went to audit a class at ACU with my local minister. He suggested that we visit Highland for Sunday worship.
    I live in the Northeast and where I am from its been difficult at best to share a progressive mindset with the brothers and sisters who so need it. When I experienced your sermon that day I was captivated at how you articulated the message that you delivered.
    In our local church I have been a youth minister for 2 years and have taught on numerous occasions knowing that one day my path would lead me to ACU. At the end of this year I will be attending ACU starting my degree in systematic theology.
    I want to thank you for being an inspiration to me a young Christian who sees that the issues of today will directly effect the youth of tomorrow. Your gift and passion has inspired me to press on toward the goal that I feel I was commissioned for.
    I look forward to hearing the word of God be preached from you again someday soon. Please feel free to e-mail me at


    Thank you sir,
    You have been more of an influence then you know.
    Keith Sarasin

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3/12/2005 09:57:00 AM  

  • Vote the Bible??? Gramatically, that doesn't even make sense! Vote FOR it? Vote against it? Vote the Bible for President?


    I am one of those people that HATES seafood - of all kinds, but especially the water bugs!!! (Shrimp, lobster & what us Yankees call - CRAYFISH!) But....enjoy yours! Some people will eat anything!

    Maybe a better slogan would be: EAT THE BIBLE ;-)

    By Blogger Beaner, at 3/12/2005 12:40:00 PM  

  • Mike - Really glad to hear Jon Westin was having a good day. I was over on Thursday and it wasn't so good. I know he was thrilled to play a game with Chris. It was worth getting back late I can tell you. Thanks for the update.

    By Blogger Candy, at 3/12/2005 04:31:00 PM  

  • I'm glad that shellfish were only an abomination in the Old Testament.

    I sort of understand the least-liked sign. Politically, I try to vote for God, early and often, too -- though my votes probably don't consistently match those of the person who paid for the sign.

    Maybe the message meant is: "Vote your convictions. Keep the Kingdom in mind when your hand is on the lever (or button, or touch-screen, or punch-stylus).

    By Blogger Keith Brenton, at 3/12/2005 06:39:00 PM  

  • I can out eat anyone when it comes to crawfish. I'm with you, Mike. I could eat seafood everyday of the week!

    By Blogger Mary-Margaret, at 3/12/2005 07:15:00 PM  

  • I can out eat anyone when it comes to crawfish. I'm with you, Mike. I could eat seafood everyday of the week!

    By Blogger Mary-Margaret, at 3/12/2005 07:17:00 PM  

  • i live in l.a. (that's lower alabama for all you yankees, not los angles.), right down the road from bayou la batre, and i haven't met bubba's mom, nor have i seen her new house. dave, can you give me directions?

    I AM SOOOO EXCITED!! i get to go BACK to texas in may and visit my 'family' in arlington! i "HAVE" to go back there for some training for my job. oh, PLEASE don't throw me in the briar patch! you know there's not much to be said about the physical scenery, but the atmosphere that the church provides in tx is so different than other places. the 'true south' is so staunch in their traditions, that it you can hardly find that type of atmosphere in l.a., but I HAVE FOUND IT!

    if you ever come to l.a., please stop by and visit us at port city c.o.c. we are only in our second year of existence. we started because of the traditions i mentioned earlier.

    mike thanks for all you do, and tell chris we are still praying for him and his pitching to return soon.

    By Blogger k2, at 3/14/2005 05:07:00 AM  

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