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Former Camden pastor authors new book

Posted: September 23, 2010 12:06 p.m.
Updated: September 24, 2010 5:00 a.m.

Eddie J. Wood, who pastored at Mt. Zion Baptist Church on Black River Road in Camden, is sharing 25 years of ministry and research into church history and traditions in a new book, "Turning Points Within the Church."

Wood, now the pastor of Trinity Community Church in Edgefield, said the book examines what he considers a problem among Christian adults.

"When one-third of all adults identify themselves as born-again Christians (but) are not being transformed, there is a problem," he said. "When 50 percent of those members who attend church are not sure of their salvation, there is a problem. When 24 million young people ages 16 to 24 don't attend church, there is a problem."

Wood said 90 percent of small churches are in what he called "survival mode."

"Pastors are frustrated and members are burnt out. 'Turning Points Within the Church' not only exposes the root of the problems found in many local churches, it also asks thought-provoking questions in order to come up with a solution."

This is Woods' second book. His original "Turning Points" was published in 2004.

Dr. Eugene C. Rollins, senior pastor of Liberty Hill Presbyterian Church and Woods' mentor had the following to say about Woods' new book:

"The reader may not agree with some of the historical research or some of his biblical conclusions, but they are his and they draw from his life experiences. I would recommend the reading of the book to both black and white cultures. To the white culture, it will be helpful to more fully understand the faith of our black brothers and sisters. To the black culture, it may be helpful to more fully understand their own church history."

There will be a book signing at Liberty Hill Presbyterian's lakeside service, Sunday at 9 a.m.

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