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Cowboy church service - sermon

Description

In this clip, Pastor Lawrence Bishop II delivers a brief sermon at the beginning of a monthly cowboy church service in Lebanon, Ohio. Standing on a wagon inside a large dirt arena, Bishop cites the Book of Matthew to caution his audience to follow Jesus rather than “following the crowd,” comparing the latter to “a whole herd of animals going off a cliff.” Shortly after his abbreviated message, a rodeo begins. This clip is also used in the ARSP Gallery exhibit “Mobile Ministry.

The cowboy church service is part of a growing evangelical Christian effort to “meet people where they are”: Ministry and outreach occur in the places where people spend their work and leisure time, and are tailored to specific demographics, often through integration with local culture and ambiance. Bishop, a former rodeo rider and now pastor of the nearby Solid Rock Church, holds the cowboy church inside an empty horse barn and arena on his property; a rodeo with bull and bareback riding always follows. Rock music and the thrill of a rodeo entice people to the space, where Bishop is then able to deliver a brief Christian message. (Lauren Pond)

Event
Cowboy church service - sermon
Community
Solid Rock Church
Location
Private Home
City / State
Lebanon, OH
Recordist
Lauren Pond
Recorded On
2017-08-04
Religious Tradition
Christian (Protestant)
Language
English
Types of Sounds
ambient, amplified, clapping, multiple voices, preaching/speeches, speaking, worship service
Types of Space
indoors
Research Team
Ohio State
Season
summer
Day of Week
Friday
Time of Day
evening
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Pastor Lawrence Bishop II holds an altar call during his monthly Cowboy Church service and rodeo in Lebanon, OH. Photo by Lauren Pond.
Cowboy church service - sermon
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