Paul Powell Legacy Library

Paul Powell Legacy Library

My childhood pastor Paul W. Powell, was a great pastor and communicator. His successor at Green Acres, Dr. David Dykes has created the online Paul Powell Legacy Library to ensure that this treasure of insights was not lost. The online Library contains a growing number...

Are You a Church Planter or a Pirate?

Are You a Church Planter or a Pirate?

I assume the best of motives for pastors and lay-people who desire to plant a new campus or church without hurting other local churches. There are some inevitable mistakes every church planter or planting church will make, but some mis-steps have further reaching...

4 Ways to Blow Your Ministry Exit

4 Ways to Blow Your Ministry Exit

I have several pastor friends who are looking down the barrel of retirement. Some are fearlessly excited about their next chapter of life and ministry. Some are flat out frightened by the whole idea of leaving the pastorate. All of us want to finish strong one day...

A Flood of Relief

A Flood of Relief

When the largest rainstorm in U.S. history evoked historic flooding, it also triggered a flood of relief - which has been beautiful to watch. It has been one week since Harvey landed as a category 4 hurricane in Texas. Today he is still pestering neighborhoods like...

Confessions of a Neithervert

Confessions of a Neithervert

When people ask me if I am an introvert or extrovert, I confess that I never really know what to say. That is like asking if I am for Auburn or Alabama. How about neither? Today I am speaking up for those who have no obvious affinity to introversion or extroversion by...

8 Tips to Help You Disciple Your Kids

8 Tips to Help You Disciple Your Kids

Guest post by Brian Dembowczyk  My oldest son, Joshua, took up soccer this past spring and will continue this fall. My wife and I have really enjoyed watching him play, and even as a beginner at the age of 12, he seems like he has the temperament, body frame, and...

What Promises Did You Make At Your Wedding?

What Promises Did You Make At Your Wedding?

In a couple of months Janet and I are going to Europe to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. She has earned this trip! In an unapologetic effort to rack up even more marriage points, I will start a new 4 week sermon series this Sunday called VOWS in the church I...

A Dangerous Game of Thrones

A Dangerous Game of Thrones

Jesus promised the original 12 disciples thrones from which to judge the tribes of Israel, and almost immediately they start itching to get in them. In their excitement they mistakenly told their friends and family. Jesus had just moments earlier predicted his trial,...

Pastors Are NOT Quitting In Droves

Pastors Are NOT Quitting In Droves

Each time a pastor prematurely exits the ministry race, I grieve. I also grieve each time I hear the awful pastor retention stats which are unsubstantiated and sometimes exaggerated. Here are a couple of examples of recent headlines and bylines from usually reliable...

Do Deacons Have Your Back?

Do Deacons Have Your Back?

Early in his ministry, a handful of deacons from First Baptist, Orlando came to Dr. Jim Henry’s home to pray for him. They told him, Anybody who comes after you has to come through us first. Dr. Henry later said, Those guys kept their word. Deacons have had my back...