It has been hard to watch the Chapel-by-the-Lake and the controversy it has brought First Baptist Church as well as West Palm Beach concerning the sale (“One more chance to get it right,” Sunday editorial.)
It’s really the decline of the church and the old traditions. Perhaps it began when the church removed the pipe organ. It was an honor for me to study on that organ with then-professor Robert Dole from Palm Beach Atlantic College. There were other problems, too, and each time the church splintered. Little by little, the traditions were chipped away — first the organ, then the music was transitioned to a more contemporary sound. Sadly, a lot of young people will never know the many hymns from the Baptist Hymnal.
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