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I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008.  I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969.  I have four grown children.   Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio

DO YOU SEE ENJOYMENT ON SUNDAY




Orange Ave Baptist Church in the 1950's where my Dad was the pastor. (I need a picture of the other side) (Mr. Bennett, Dester, Song Leader John H. Jones, and Mrs. Pugh, (where am I))


Victory Baptist Church, West Portsmouth Ohio where Bob Temple was the pastor and I was the Youth Director, our youth group look like they were having a good time? 1974 was the year.

(Note in the 50's we were standing and in the 70's we are standing, and in 2008 we are still standing.)

This is in a church in 2008 looks like a good church service?

DO YOU ENJOY THE MUSIC AND THE PREACHING/TEACHING IN THE CHURCH GATHERING, AND HOW DO YOU DETERMINE THAT?


DO YOU ENJOY THE MUSIC AND THE PREACHING/TEACHING

Group of worshippers singing. No this is not Rivers of Joy Baptist Church. Yet.


It's ironic that our desire and unexamined criteria for "enjoying" the public gathering of the church may be eroding our deeper enjoyment of it. We may be like those crabs with one big claw and one little claw. We may have a big-claw, overdeveloped sense of enjoyment as near-the-surface emotional response to things that entertain (even in the best sense of that word), while having a little-claw, underdeveloped appreciation for those spiritual disciplines that require more work to produce enjoyment and fruit (things like prayer, Bible study, fasting, giving, the Lord Supper, and listening to the word).

I am going to address this issue and this conclusion later today:

ENTERTAINMENT IN THE CHURCH WORSHIP
  • If I'm correct that these are the things that increase enjoyment of prayer and preaching, then it should be obvious why an entertainment ethos in public gatherings is so spiritually destructive.