Pastor Craig Moss doesn't preach the new way.
Contemporary Christianity sometimes misses the point, he says.
Moss, the new pastor at Bible Baptist Church of Hudson, delivers sermons straight from the King James Bible.
He plans to rebuild Bible Baptist, a church that dwindled to 12 members after the loss of its former pastor, by using more Scripture and less flash.
"When traditional was the way to go, our nation was in much better shape," he said. "When modernism and secularism started coming into churches, it watered the message down, and it has damaged the spirit of our country. Our goal is to see a revival in our nation, starting in Hudson."
Moss, 53, came to Christianity as an adult. A retired disabled Navy veteran, he relied heavily on alcohol as a young man. Then, an unexpected encounter changed his outlook.
"I was a drunk," he said. "I was sick and tired, and tired of being sick and tired. A stranger asked how I was doing, and I responded in a not very nice way. He asked if I'd ever been saved. I said, 'Saved from what?' He said, 'Saved from hell.' "
Moss and the man met to talk about God, and on Aug. 19, 1997, Moss accepted Jesus Christ.
Moss spent several years as a street preacher, then as a youth director and missionary to juvenile offenders. He pastored churches in Nevada and in Port Orange. When he heard Bible Baptist of Hudson needed a pastor to renew the congregation, he felt called to the area.
"We want to build the church with families and young children, with people looking for more than what we call modern 'churchianity,' " he said.
Bible Baptist Church of Hudson, at 11830 Pine Forest Drive, welcomes the public to services at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. each Sunday and at 7 p.m. Wednesdays. For more information, visit bbchudson.org.
St. Mark's Presbyterian Church, 7922 State Road 52, will host its last pancake breakfast of the season from 8 to 10 a.m. April 15. The cost is $4 for adults and $1 for children. Breakfast includes all-you-can-eat pancakes, coffee, juice, and sausage or ham. For information, call (727) 863-5646.
Mr. Lucky's Big Band will perform an afternoon of easy listening music from 3 to 5:30 p.m. April 9 at Community Congregational Church, 6533 Circle Blvd., New Port Richey. There also will be an open jam time for musicians and singers to join in. Light refreshments will be available. An offering will be collected. For information, call (727) 849-1943.
Christian composer Phil Keaggy will perform at 7 p.m. April 7 at Grace Family Church, 5101 Van Dyke Road, Lutz. A Grammy-nominated finger-style guitarist, Keaggy delivers the Gospel through music. Admission is free. To register, visit philkeaggyconcert.bpt.me or call toll-free 1-800-838-3006.
Living Word Church, 5151 Rowan Road, New Port Richey, offers Christian karate at 6 p.m. each Monday in the church activity center. For information, call (352) 428-6238.
Beth-El Shalom, 6209 Congress St., New Port Richey, will offer a free interfaith marriage seminar at 5 p.m. April 15. The seminar will include the stories of interfaith couples who have strugged with how to deal with the holidays, in-laws, raising children, customs and cultures. For information, call (727) 375-7502.