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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

Anything Almost But Dull Please

I would hate to have this sign 1/4 mile from Rivers of Joy Baptist Church, or even Union Mills Bakery. Wouldn't you? Anything but dull please.

  • 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.