Monthly Archives: August 2013

Weekly Update from Pastor Phil

Greetings! We’re enjoying a beautiful day in Memphis and thankful for the great mercies of the Lord that abound to us. Our elders will be meeting on Saturday morning with a candidate for ordination to gospel ministry. We count this sacred trust in examining a … Continue reading

. . . And Missions

A few years ago two students at Stanford, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, wrote the following mission statement: “To organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.” The result was Mission accomplished. Fortune 500 companies, the armed forces, and scores of churches … Continue reading

Weekly Update from Pastor Phil

Greetings! I’m looking forward to being with my good friend Jordan Thomas and his congregation, Grace Church, in downtown Memphis this coming Sunday at 10:00 A.M. Jordan asked me several months back to preach one sermon on the book of Acts as an introduction to … Continue reading

. . . In Ministry

If you listen closely, you can almost hear the evangelical church hijacking the term “ministry.” In one such misappropriation a pastor approaches a younger man who happens to love Jesus, furrows his brow, and probes, “Young man, have you been called to the ministry?” as … Continue reading

Weekly Update from Pastor Phil

Greetings! I’m a day behind on sending out the sermon due to being involved in teaching a couple of seminars on Monday and Tuesday at the One8 Network Bootcamp held in Olive Branch, MS. I had a wonderful time fellowshipping with pastors, church planters, seminary … Continue reading


A Google search of “together” yields 1.93 billion results. Everything from definitions to musical lyrics to social activity to global projects to urban building initiatives bandy the word “together.” With the desire to popularize an activity or idea, “together” provides a warm feeling, a united … Continue reading