When I first moved to Atlanta I was lucky enough to see Tom Keys and the boys perform the "Cotton Patch Gospel" at the Alliance Theater. A truly wonderful, moving and thought-provoking performance. Over the years since, I think I've seen it three more times.
The play is drawn from Clarence Jordan's translations of the New Testament, rendering them into the modern Southern idiom. Clarence Jordan was also responsible for founding Koinonia Farm, which is where Habitat for Humanity got its start. The Cotton Patch versions don't travel well into regions outside the South and they are rapidly becoming outdated here, but I doubt either of those facts would upset Mr Jordan much.
Yesterday, we had a combined birthday present swap. My sister and brother-in-law gave me this.
Matthew is a very, very happy man today.