Category Archives: Dr. Phil Newton Blog

Weekly Update from Pastor Phil

Greetings! While it seems that our neighbors to the south of us and the north of us have had their share of snow this winter, Memphis has experienced only a little dusting here and there. I was surprised this morning when I got up and looked … 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

We Purpose to Make Disciples

“We purpose to make disciples.” That’s the first clause in South Woods’ purpose statement and the consideration of this series of posts. Purpose has to do with our aim, our passion—so much more than simply our duty. There’s nothing inherently wrong with duty. We’re thankful … Continue reading

Purpose for a Purpose Statement

A church—any church, one would assume, should be consistently identified in every region and culture. If you saw a sign or heard the name “church” used, you would immediately know what was meant. But such an assumption surely disappoints! Aside from the use of church in any … Continue reading