Charles E Whisnant
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
Of course I still help out at Union Mills
Disclaimer: This book is a novel and should be treated as such. Whether the author, Dan Brown, agrees or disagrees with the views of his characters is a completely different story. You can investigate Dan Brown and/or his works at danbrown.com.
This information is provided as a personal analysis of the times the word “Bible” is mentioned in The Lost Symbol. It is based on a keyword search of the e-book version after having read the entire book in its context. As such, it is certainly imperfect and clearly biased (I am personally an evangelical Christian seeking to understand the influence of this book on culture.).
However, it will be helpful to readers, pastors and otherwise, interested in what is said about the Bible in this The Lost Symbol.
- A call to search the Bible for hidden meanings and allegorical interpretations: Chapter 111: “The prophecy of the Apocalypse is just one of the Bible’s beautiful messages that has been distorted.” The context later discusses that the “real” meaning of the Bible is allegorical rather than literal, a so-called hidden knowledge that sounds very closely related to Second-Century Gnosticism.
[On a side note, The Lost Symbol includes much information on Freemasonry. Though beyond the scope of this article, there is much to investigate on this i
Sunday Bible Study time I spoke on "How Accurate Is The Bible."
- I will post the notes, and the video of about nine minutes. But the lesson was over 50 minutes.
- The message video was 32 minutes. I will upload and post and post the notes.
Sunday Night the message was from Philippians 2 "A Bibical Theology of Thinking". How does a church attain unity of attitude?
- The message video is 51 minutes in length.
Last Wednesday Evening I spoke on the subect "What Is Sin?" part one and
- The video is 59 minutes in length and will need to be posted.\]]
In addition I have some photos of the Sunday Bible Class, also a video of Bob Temple leading in a song.So let me see, 150 minutes of sermons, and 15 upload on Vimeo at about 3 hours per upload. Well I better get to work.
- Not enough passion, not enough swinging for the fences not enough trying to change the world.
"There were too many people building safe businesses, too many companies just trying to make existing things slightly better, and too many people wanting to be the next Mint.com, not the next Google."
And I am afraid that too many of our independent Baptist churches are too dull to attend. I do not like dull.
To succeed in our church or to fail could be because we either have meaning in the world or we are so meaningless in the world in terms of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
We either have the ability to have meaning to our fellowship of believers where they can grow spiritually as a person or it's so dull that they hate getting 1/4 of a mile to our church.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Words of Christ can make a huge difference in people’s lives. Yet too often the communicating of the message is so dull.
The problem in trying to communicate the message of Christ, and trying not to be dull, and trying to make a difference, and wanting to have a crowd at our churches, we often miss the point of why we have a Church.
Trying to be KJVish, and independent Baptist-ish, we often are dull. (a better word then dead).
Trying to be like the world is bad.
Going to Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg Virginia a couple of years ago, when they opened the new church building, we drove into the parking lot, and it was anything but dull. We walked into the foyer of the building, it was anything but dull. And we walked into the Bible study and the Bible teacher's presentation and lesson was anything but dull. There was not a dull moment.
Can you have an atmosphere that is passionate, fun, enjoyable, and a place of worship that is pleasant to be there? I believe we should.
I don't believe you need the stage and production of "Who's Got Talent" or the stages that some of the mega churches have, but anything but a dull building and a dull atmosphere.
Yet the purpose is not to have a great atmosphere or a great building, but communicating the Gospel of Christ and building lives of people to love the Lord with all their heart, soul and mind.
Of course when you have an older group of people, they don't have the Internet. Some have the Internet but do not have DSL. We are living in a new fast communication age aren't we. Some have a computer but do not know how to use it. Some have an email but do not use it. Some will sign up for Facebook, etc, and never use it. Some of course don't have the time, nor believe all this is necessary. Come just have to be encouraged to try a new ways of communicating. And you also have to find different ways to commuicate too.
Each week I give out an outline, a full two to four page paper (more than an outline) of the message or lesson that I am going to speak on. And I encourage them to keep them in a three ring notebook binder.
The main purpose is to strengthen Believers in the Lord and building them up in Christ.
As look at many other websites I get all these ideas and then I start trying them out. That is why I have a few Bloggers and Websites and Soical Networking, and use a number of other forms to communicating.
Of course we can't compete with David Jeremiah, and Charles Stanley, and Church Swindoll, and John MacArthur, and John Piper and a dozen other good ministry. And I love to get their material and read myself. I would highly say they are some of the best material. I love watching them and listen to their messages and watch there services.
But at the same time, those in our church need us to do our best too. The personal touch of ministry.
Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio
Charles E. Whisnant, Pastor and Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church, in Minford, Ohio. Part one from Romans on September 13, 2009. There are four parts to this message. Goodness. But vimeo have them, or you can go to GrowByLearning.com.
Brief talk about how the translation of the original Greek to English is accomplished. Charles E. Whisnant, Pastor and Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford Ohio September 13, 2009
Well each day I am either on GrowByLearning.com. or the Cloud Sermon site which will give you several sermons I have taught. Or I am on Vimeo uploading Sunday's two message, and Wednesday's message.
One message of 40 to 45 minutes takes 4 10 minutes uploads.
Also I discovered how to put the outline of my sermons from by doc. online too. Here.
So we are having a great time with all this learning.
Charles E. Whisnant, Pastor/Teacher Rivers of Joy Baptist Church, part one from September 06 2009 from Romans One.
Do you know if God has "called" you into the ministry to preach/teach the Word of God? Well Romans 1:1-5 give us Paul's understanding on the subject. Here is the first part of the message I taught Sunday.