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The passing of Rev. Jason Barr came as a shock and a big surprise to me; he will be missed.

Reverend Barr’s death at only 61, once again, makes you wonder about God’s plans. Reverend Barr was one of His supreme biblical teachers in the city and I would go to say the country. Unlike most preachers who preach the Word, Rev. Barr had me bringing my note pad and study bible to church service just like I used to do in Bible Study.

I met Rev. Barr years and years ago, not sure if it was the ‘80s or ‘90s when I was doing religious features for the Courier as a freelance writer. He was then a young preacher from the South, confused and wondering why Macedonia had called him to preach there, yet, they fought his every step to bring the church around to the modern day church, working toward reaching the young people.

Macedonia still had the pipe organ and opera like singing. Well, it was very, very deep into the old Baptist way of doing things. He broke from all that. He broke from women’s days, men’s days, deacons’ days and even pastor’s anniversaries. He concentrated on getting the word out to the young and old.

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