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JimsHelpmeet last won the day on May 26 2014

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  1. I think you have to judge the overall "climate" of your area. I've found that upper-middle class neighborhoods tend to be the least open to receiving a knock on the door and being presented with the Gospel. Our head deacon used to go door-to-door witnessing in New Orleans back in the 1980s. In the heart of Catholic Voodoo country. For every ten doors slammed in his face or dogs sicced on him, he would have one person who was grateful to find out there was a local church with a bus ministry or to hear about the plan of salvation. Honestly, if an IFB preacher showed up on my doorstep, we might j
  2. I had no idea. I always thought they were IFB, since all of their advertisements are for IFB churches
  3. I'm seeing a lot of things lately that are disheartening. Our church just isn't seeing growth. In fact, a lot of key families have left just in the past two years and it's really hurt the church. It's keeping with a sad trend, though. The Southern Baptist Convention reported another record loss in membership and baptisms. It's not just IFB churches being hit hard. It's all churches that aren't liberal laser light rock shows with trampoline rooms for the kids and coffee bars for the grown-ups.
  4. My dad was so heartbroken when Ray Boltz "came out" as a sodomite. My dad's entire track repertoire was Ray Boltz, because they have the same range. My dad sang "Thank You", "Watch the Lamb", "The Anchor Holds", "Scars". He and I are in a similar position when it comes to trying to find accompaniment tracks for singing special music (his range is Ray Boltz, mine is more like Sandi Patty's). We don't have a full-time pianist at church, so oftentimes we have to use "canned music" to play when we sing hymns. It gets really hard for me to find decent music these days
  5. That is the one, but ours are older. What an odd thing for them to do. I wonder why such an otherwise sound organization remove the word "repentance". Puzzling.
  6. My dad was in a Southern Gospel quartet, so I'm a little biased on this topic. I think there are different types of Southern Gospel, the two most notable would be the kind performed by secular artists (like Alan Jackson or Elvis Presley) and it sounds like honky tonk music, and the kind that is sung by people in the Southeast accompanied only by a piano, but the singers sound "country", just by their accents. I'm not opposed so much to music that has a beat one can clap to. It's music that makes you want to sway seductively that is a prOBlem. I get no such feeling from much of the Southern Gos
  7. It truly is disgraceful, and I think it reflects poorly on the preacher's ability to minister to the congregation through the reading, and teaching, of the Word. When you have to use music either as a "filler" or, as in cases of contemporary non-denominational churches and charismatic ones, a means to whip the audience into an emotional frenzy to create a false spirit of being under conviction you have a serious prOBlem. And, in many churches, it's a pride thing. When you have a church that can boast the "choir of 150" or "we have a professional singer at our church" or "everyone who comes her
  8. Amen to that! At our church we sing three congregational hymns and usually one special, if a soloist is available. We have a choir, but we don't do choir specials. At the big church we did one special call to worship, five congregationals, one hymn was sung while the offering was being collected, we would sing "I'm So Glad I'm a Part of the Family of God" during handshake time, then we would have a choir special, then there would be a solo, then the sermon, we'd sing a hymn of invitation and then sing a closing hymn as everyone filed out. Some hymns would be out of the hymnal, while others wer
  9. I'm in this same spot, Brother. I started singing special music in church at the age of 17. This was a large "first Baptist" church. Typical Sunday morning turnout for the first service being around 500 people, with another 80 or so seated in the choir loft. Just being in the choir required passing an audition. The process through which you were granted special status as a soloist was brutal. I was critiqued, ridiculed, critiqued some more. I had to practice an additional hour after choir practice. I had to have all solos approved by the pastor ahead of time, because they had to match the topi
  10. I can empathize with your inner struggle, Brother, because after some irritating "confrontations" online (not here) I've realized that the internet in general has more often rOBbed me of my peace, joy, and time than it has edified me and strengthened my faith and knowledge of the Scriptures. Hold fast to the Lord and if I don't see you back here on OB, we shall meet again in Glory. God bless, Swath.
  11. Arbo, I think most of us are discussing how there were words we used growing up that are now considered "offensive". Words like "handicapped" and "lame". Do you believe it's wrong to call gays and lesbians sodomites? Perhaps you could share with us what about this thread is bothering you?
  12. Oh, it's crazy in Sweden. You can have your IP traced and can be prosecuted for hate speech if you say negative things about sodomites or Muslims on the internet.
  13. Sister LuAnne raises an interesting question. What of a pastor who has raised two children and one passes away? I'm really not trying to twist Scripture out of context to suit any sort of agenda, as I have no horse in this race. My husband has never been called to the ministry and he isn't qualified anyway, being a divorced and remarried man. We are both at peace being used for God's purposes in whatever capacity is scripturally available to us. But I'm concerned about those who have already endured the pain of childlessness, and not by their choosing, being excluded from church leadership rol
  14. Well, I would have stated it that way, but "European" is such a broad term and I would hate to offend someone from Wales with a term that could imply they are from Ireland.
  15. I guess I don't understand that, and I cannot find that the Scriptures support this. Basically a married man in his thirties, who has been married since he was in his twenties, and he and his wife have actively opened their hearts to whatever blessings, in terms of children, God wants to bless them with, yet they have not conceived children, does that mean he cannot be ordained as a pastor or deacon? What if they are foster parents? Would that count? Adoption?
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