Insert Joke Here

I’ve seen this sign a thousand times, and only today did I truly notice it:

primitive baptist

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  1. #1 by tc robinson on August 5, 2009 - 2:03 pm

    Peter, if it’s the same thing you got that I got, then I see some humor there. ;-)

    • #2 by petermlopez on August 5, 2009 - 2:11 pm

      Probably so, but there are a million variations thereon I’m sure, hence the “insert joke here.”

  2. #3 by Matt on August 5, 2009 - 2:26 pm

    Now that’s primitive!

    • #4 by petermlopez on August 5, 2009 - 2:34 pm

      Indeed. Maybe “primitive” can become the new “phat,” or “sweet,” or “groovy.”

  3. #5 by Dr. Jim on August 5, 2009 - 4:11 pm

    Modern Baptist churches are made from far more than four blocks. Hundreds, in fact, if they are not made of wood. Most even have roofs, too.

    • #6 by petermlopez on August 6, 2009 - 9:25 am

      LOL! There’s an angle that didn’t immediately come to mind, but nice.

  4. #7 by wilma on August 5, 2009 - 7:34 pm

    I happen to know a “Primitive Baptist Church” Preacher. Don’t think there are many of those churches left around.

    • #8 by petermlopez on August 6, 2009 - 9:27 am

      So is it a subdenomination? If so, it is something I am unfamiliar with.

  5. #9 by edwin joseph on August 6, 2009 - 12:45 am

    :-) it’s good to see people conversing based from that landmark :-)

    • #10 by petermlopez on August 6, 2009 - 9:27 am

      Indeed. Thanks, Edwin.

  6. #11 by Polycarp on August 6, 2009 - 1:21 pm

    Peter, help me out here – what is the joke?

    I mean, Primitive Baptist is like the CoC – no instruments, no payment of leaders, etc… Still not getting the joke.

    • #12 by petermlopez on August 6, 2009 - 2:55 pm

      I’m not sure where to begin really… I guess it’s primarily in the “irony” of the name.

    • #13 by Mark Stevens on August 6, 2009 - 7:31 pm

      PC – I am CoC and I get paid and we have instruments? ;)

      • #14 by petermlopez on August 6, 2009 - 8:17 pm

        Our CoC Pastors seem to get paid rather well, but instruments(?), that’s blasphemy around these parts :)

  7. #15 by wilma on August 6, 2009 - 6:57 pm

    Yes, it is a denomination….and yes I get the joke, however I am sure people who still consider themselves of that church affiliation probably don’t.

    For Polycarp: Primitive as in old… “Old Baptist Church – 4 blocks…

    Peter you might check “4 blocks down” and see what is there. There are not many of these churches left around. I had a friend whose family was “Primitive” and they eventually joined the Church of Christ. They are more like Church of Christ than Baptist.

    Since I am “primiitive ie old I got the joke and got the sign. Hope this helps.

    • #16 by petermlopez on August 6, 2009 - 8:18 pm

      Wilma, it’s funny because the sign must be relatively new, it’s still in great shape and doesn’t appear faded at all. I just had to get a picture. I’m sure passers-by were wondering what in the world I was doing.

      • #17 by Ward on September 23, 2010 - 10:20 am

        I happened to run across the conversation here and saw the picture of the sign that started it. I was amazed that I found this.

        Peter, is the sign on US-180 going into Snyder, Texas? (I can’t imagine there being two such signs that look identical!)

        I can appreciate the humor. Most people are actually unaware of the Primitive Baptist Church. I have included a URL ( ) that is a web application that I developed that enables you to query all PB churches in the database. This site is actually more of a history of the Primitive Baptist Church in Texas.

        The URL for the web site for the actual church house that is “4 Blocks” from the infamous sign is: I served them as Pastor from November, 2006 until last March.

        Here’s another couple of sites that would have some good background on Primitive Baptists:

        I actually live in Arlington, TX and am pastor of the Waco Primitive Baptist Church ( and Mt. Zion Primitive Baptist Church in Fort Worth ( ).

        Y’all have a good day and keep laughing! We’ve GOT to have a sense of humor to get through!


        • #18 by Peter on September 24, 2010 - 5:39 pm

          That IS the very sign. I’m glad you found it.

  8. #19 by Mulled Vine on June 6, 2014 - 9:20 am

    Very funny. I shall send it to :)


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