Local pastor to present book review at First Baptist Church


Don Taylor will review the book, “God, If You’re Real, Let The Cow Be In The Pen When I Get Home” by Ernest L. Dyess, at 10 a.m. Saturday in the fellowship hall of First Baptist Church, 6501 S. Hazel St.

Taylor is a native of Pine Bluff and a graduate of Pine Bluff High School. He attended Ouachita Baptist University at Arkadelphia, where he received a bachelor of arts degree in 1967. He then attended Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in Mill Valley, Calif., where he earned his master of divinity degree in 1970 and the doctor of ministry degree in 1980. Taylor served as a student chaplain at San Quentin State Prison for two years while attending seminary. He served as pastor in Arkansas, Chicago and San Francisco Bay area before returning to Immanuel Baptist Church as pastor.

He and his wife, Jo Anne, have two children and 11 grandchildren and are active in the community, where he serves as moderator for the Harmony Baptist Association and is the incoming treasurer.

Dyess, the author of the book, is a 1951 graduate of Auburn University, and a frequent speaker at conferences, retreats and lay revivals on the subject of life-style evangelism. In his book, “God, If You’re Real, Let The Cow Be In The Pen When I Get Home”, Dyess describes how God uses His everyday experiences to bring people to a personal relationship with Him. The key to evangelism is to be prepared to follow the Holy Spirit’s urgings, which Dyess does on a regular basis. In his book he shares his own evangelistic encounters and how through various ways people become interested in the catchy ice breaker conversations he initiates with strangers, then within minutes he has turned the focus around to spiritual matters.

Everyone is invited to attend. Door prizes and refreshments will be furnished following the review.