We recently made a trip through parts of the Bible Belt and boy oh boy did we enjoy the available radio stations down there. Apparently we aren't the only ones with the following point of view: Worship is to happen 7 days a week, not just on Sunday, and needs no pastor, preacher, or shaman to happen. Purpose of the church service is proclamation of the gospel and the conversion of sinners. Saints should be edified in Sunday School or Discipleship Training. The idea the purpose of preaching is to edify the saints, or that the purpose of the service is "contact with or service to God" are unbaptistic. The idea the preacher is the primary teacher means no one in the pulpit is proclaiming the gospel. That puts the preacher out of his primary role. Unlike the Catholics, we don't think God somehow is present inside the church walls and not outside, so we don't rely on a rite for contact with Him. And unlike the Pentecostals, we don't rely on some sort of emotional occurance at church for contact with God. Unlike the pagans, we need not come to church to "serve God." It isn't about what we bring Him, but what He brings us. None of that means to be baptistic is to be afraid of emotion, to fail to have contact with God, to fail to be edified, or to fail to serve Him. It simply means that we have gotten off track of Baptist essentials. It means we have lost sight of what made Baptists Baptists rather than generic evangelicals or Protestants or Catholics or pagans. We've gotten confused about what job God has given to the average lay person, the musicians, the teachers, the deacons, and the preachers. We were challenged to stay plugged in to those parts of our local church activities that "get it right" and abstain from those that do not. Struck a chord in our hearts. What think ye?