The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on June 24, 1966 · Page 3
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 3

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, June 24, 1966
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Kyth«vW« (Ark.) Courier News - Friday, June M, 19«- Pig« Image of the Church Must Change' •(Editor's Note: Tills Is (he last in a scries of stories written about Ulytlicville ministers by Connor. News Editor Harry A. Haines.) Rev. Alvis Ciii'in'iilcr, pastor o( First Baptist Cliuvcli, has an unshakable faith in Hie good things the spirit of Christ can work in men. In the quiet moments in his study (moments which are punctuated by a ringing telephone and discrete, but insistent, knocks on (he door from staff members and office callers), lie contemplates the power for good which is inherent in man and (lie Christian religion and seeks to discover means of activating them. 'it's very easy to get into o church' 'i had no damascus road experience' 'only five simple disciplines' "Christianity is a lay move-, , , , . lent. Members' of the church Therefore, I knew the decision ment. niust feel this deep commitment to their fellow man; this new would be easier to make at that time than it might be later LU 11IC11 ItllUT 111 till, 1(11" in... - -J dimension of love which Christ! when 1 was better established in brought us. business and perhaps had a "Our Christianity and our devotion to His church are apt to be shallow. You know, it's very easy to get into a c h u r c h," Carpenter reflected. He is handsomely greying, with a tranquil and unlined face family." Carpenter was (and is) a member of a farm-oriented family at Elaine. "My father was in the farming and mercantile business. As the limber was cut off the land, and an even voice which be- j n e bought and developed it. trays his seminary training, a I "I attended public schools at prep school and southwest and ) hom e until I entered high school. far west collegiate background; which is to say he speaks practically without an accent and just as easily could be a resident of Denver, Colo., (which he was) as a native of Elaine, Ark., (which he is). * •* * "II never occurred to me that my interest in the church was extraordinary," he explained when asked about the decision which led him from a highly promising career as a Denver businessman into the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville. "I had no Damascus Road experience. No blinding- flash of. light. No 'call' in the sense I had usually thought of one. "But my pastor in Denver suggested that-God does not always work so dramatically; that I spent the last three years at Tennessee Military Institute at Sweetwater, Tenn. "I was at Ouchita Baptist College lor one year prior to entering the Air Force. Then I attended Baylor. But I graduated from the University of Denver with a B.S. in business administration in 1949." * + * Shortly after graduation from the Louisville seminary in 1954, he assumed the pastorship of Audubon Baptist Church in Louisville. The 20-year-old church had about 600 members. During his slay there, a new sanctuary and educational building were constructed. It was at Audubon that Carpenter heard of an idea which he believes may contain the seeds of revitalization of the our interests may be indicalivel Christian church. of God's choice for our life." i "A layman in Tallahassee, After thinking this over, he if la., named Sam Teague, had applied for entry in the Louisville seminary as a special student ... not as a candidate for the ministry. "I knew that I could better serve my church for having had this training ... even should I remain a layman." At the time he was single and though he found "my work In the business world satisfying, U was not as satisfying as my work as a layman in the church." As he neared the time when he felt a choice promotion would soon be offered him, he made the decision to enter the seminary. "I was single and-really just getting started in Denver. laboriously prepared a series of lectures for a class of'young adults. He gave the lectures, but he later confessed that he could detect no difference in he lives of the people who heard them. "And so he began to think about church school programs which could change people's lives and I believe he found one. "It is built around a few simple disciplines: "1. Thirty minutes of medita- (ion a day. This gives God ajbit at the use of the w o r d) i another confessed that among chance. We so seldom are quiet' image of tile church from one j the inost difficult thing to do and contemplative | of an institution to a more high-1 was to determine, at the outset "2. A daily selfless act. lly personalized effort. "3. Two hours of actual work I "I am interested in the small A promise to tell others By passing a beam of sunlight through a prism, Sir Isaac Newton showed that white light is a combination of the seven colors of the rainbow. THEATRE Your Friendly Theatre OSCEOLA FRI. & SAT. Double Feature TKCHNICOLOR : V A UNIVERSAt PICTURE PLUS Drive-In Theatre 1 Mile So. Hwy. 61 OSCEOLA ••••*••••••••••••*•••• FRI. & SAT. Double Feature "Dinosaurus" Ward Ramsey And Kristina Hanson PLUS it CREEPS! it CRAWLS! "THE BLOB" SUN. - MON. . TUES. "The Pleasure Seekers" with Ann Margaret Plus a week for Christ and his church. "4. A tithe. "5. A promise to share Christian experiences with others in the group at weekly meetings; and "6. of this plan." * * * Carpenter explains that this plan first was put forward in the Tallahassee church to a group which was called The Ten Brave Christians. "But they had 25 sign up so the name wasn't very appropri- group approach. From the pulpit on Sunday, you can only point the way. I think I am less audacious in the pulpit than I might be because I can see so much of myself and my problems in the layman." In his Louisvitle church, Carpenter was able to put the Brave Christian plan into operation for about six months before leaving. He very nearly did not come to Blytheville because of this. "But perhaps I was flattering myself that this was dependent of each day, just what unselfish thing they could do for another person. In the beginning, they often couldn't think of any." Carpenter was gratified by the response of teen-as;ers. "This institutional image of Kie church has no appeal for the young, creative mind. The church must be relevant. Although personally I feel it has been more relevant than it has ever been given credit for or than it has credited itself for." What about today's busy family which seems to be finding less time for church? Carpenter is philosophic about that, on me. We had three a d u 11 too, and with some reason: ate. They agreed to stay with j groups and two teenage groups, their disciplines for 30 days. At jit was working very well. You the'end of this timt they could sign a covenant to remain another 30 days if they wished." Carpenter believes this may be the sort of thing which will change the (and he cringes a know an unusual aspect of this experiment was that at the first meetings of some of the groups — 'these meetings where they share their experiences with one another — first one and then "I will venture that if the father of such a family is strong enough, has enough faith, a weekend together just possibly could have a more profound effect on the family than six Sundays in church." If this is an iconoclastic state- ment for a pastor — and a Baptist pastor, at that — Carpenter can reinforce it by relating a personal experience. "I'll never forget one day at dinner at home. It had always been the custom for my mother or, as we got older, one of the boys to say grace. But on this particular day, for some reason, my father did not ask anyone else to do il. He said grace himself. It was the first time I had ever heard my father pray and I've never forgotten it. "I don't imagine my father gave it another thought, but it was quite meaningful to me. "So maybe this busy family has a good, strong, Christian father. Perhaps as they enjoy themselves, he will find the occasion to remind them of God's role in their lives and of the power of a Christian life." Carpenter is concerned about (he home and the role God plays (or should play, or fails to play) in it. "The home, generally, hasn't made God important. Simple terms of God and his goodness should be used in the home. This is important. We're missing a great opportunity if r we fail to speak to our children' is ordinary terms about God." Many parents, Carpenter feels, are tormented by a sort of vague guilt feeling. TfiejT haven't given their c h i I d ren many of the significant values they feel they should have and, therefore, he reasons, they at- • tempt to compensate with ma-.! terial things, "Even in our so-called Chrisian homes, we've lost the sacredness of marriage .. then we further cheapen it by material compensation. "You see, this Is the easier, way. The harder way is. the- narrow way ... but we werV never promised that eternal happiness would be easily: found and maintained. The way to it is not always easy." Dreifus Offers 17-JEW EL ELGIN Man's or ' Lady's... on/y 19 95 • Whes case, Crown Crystal ,Ar« Intact ANOTHER VALUE PROM DREIFUS You can depend on it... for occu- recy... for imor! design ... for ' low, low price. Lady'i dainty dreis style... man's wotsrproof* with luminous dial and iweep second hand. 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