You won’t need a safety pin at a camp meeting
by Nelson Price
July 19, 2014 10:27 PM | 2073 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Before I wrote my first book, a prominent author told me how to do it. He said get a great big safety pin and pin the seat of your pants to the chair and stay with it. He is so right. Writing is rewarding, but is also challenging.

I wrote the first of my 21 books with a No. 2 pencil on a yellow legal pad. Now, technological advances have resulted in progressive steps far beyond even the now antiquated typewriter. Everything, including style, has changed.

I am currently undertaking converting my books into ebooks. Studies show people are reading books less now than ever. At the same time, a generation is emerging that likes to read on their electronic devices. They are generally younger readers. My books relate to ageless themes. Therefore, with a minimum of rewriting, I am confronting the challenge of rewriting and formatting them.

I am extremely fortunate to have a knowledgeable friend to check and correct the final product before uploading it to Kindle, Smashwords and NOOK.

Currently, two of the intended 15 have been posted. The first was “Heaven: Earth’s Ultimate Mystery.” It is a newly written book intended in large part to answer the question as to whether a person can visit heaven and return to go on a speaking tour to tell of it. Other topics are will we know one another in heaven, will we become angels, do angels have wings, how is eternity to be understood in light of time and what will we do in heaven.

My second book just posted is entitled, “Prayer: Closet Power.” Most people know to pray, but fewer know how to pray effectively. For example, when we pray, we should be more concerned with the one to whom we are praying than with that about which we are praying. Insight is given into the four options God uses to answer every prayer. Prayer is more than asking and receiving.

Now, a personal word.

We are fortunate to have an iconic event in our community. For 177 years, the Marietta Camp Ground has been the classical setting for a summertime camp meeting. It is a throwback with a contemporary flair. The primary mission is a spiritual one. However, in addition it is worth going to be in such an environment. If you can go, do. If you go, plan to go early and visit. It is an experience that predates and exceeds the friendliness of tailgating at a football game. Formal it isn’t.

Dr. Charles Sineath, former pastor of First Methodist Church of Marietta, the camp pastor, will speak each morning at 11 a.m. A variety of ministers will speak each night at 7:30 p.m. July 18 to 27.

I am fortunate this year to be speaking July 24 to 26 with outstanding speakers preaching the days before and after me. The music under the tin roofed pavilion is uplifting.

Wooden buildings called “tents” with sawdust floors provide housing for the families who have owned them and camped there for years. Families plan their vacation around the event. They have kitchens, bedrooms and other conveniences. The food is unexcelled. Local residents blend with the tenters.

It is a more than a cultural event, but it is a cultural event. It is a time to enjoy spiritual fine tuning.

You won’t need a safety pin at Camp Meeting. The services aren’t that long.

The Rev. Dr. Nelson Price is pastor emeritus of Roswell Street Baptist Church in Marietta.

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