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A Word From Our Pastor
Posted by James Carroll on

While many in our church family heeded the warnings to avoid the public gathering because of health concerns, we were blessed to gather for worship and provide a live stream for those at home. I’m convinced God displayed His kind providence and grace by leading us to Joel 1 as a sermon...

A Word From Marshall // Pastoral Associate
Posted by Marshall Adkins on

I love a good story. You know, the kind for which you scoot forward and lean in so that you don't miss anything. Such stories can be found in great books, the best of movies, or even a friend’s telling of a tale. We can close a book, exit a theatre, or leave a conversation with the sense...

The Church Is A Gift
Posted by James Carroll on

It’s been popular in evangelical churches during the past several years to do initiatives under the heading, “I Love My Church.” A quick web search will show dozens of sermon series, t-shirt designs, and even promotional materials to help churches roll-out this type of...

Wisdom in the New Year
Posted by James Carroll on

While preaching from 1 John 4:1-6 on January 5, I encouraged us to invest our time and energy more wisely this year to help us avoid false teaching. By God’s gracious providence, my thinking was triggered in this direction by a resource I saw last week called the Wisdom Pyramid. It was...

Who is Lottie Moon?
Posted by James Carroll on

Charlotte Diggs “Lottie” Moon was born on December 12, 1840 in Virginia to affluent parents. She rebelled against Christ until experiencing spiritual awakening in 1858 during a revival at her college. She was baptized at the First Baptist Church, Charlottesville, Virginia. In 1861...

Made For Friendship
Posted by James Carroll on

“This world is full of sorrow because it is full of sin. It is a dark place. It is a lonely place. It is a disappointing place. The brightest sunbeam in it is a friend. Friendship halves our troubles and doubles our joy.”  J.C. Ryle God made humans to be in relationship. First...

What are Discipleship Groups?
Posted by James Carroll on

Parkway Baptist Church exists to glorify God by making disciples. As the moon reflects the light of the sun, so believers are responsible to reflect God in the world. While this involves every aspect of our lives, it can perhaps be summarized best through the idea of  “following...

Who's Your One?
Posted by James Carroll on

Much has been made over the last several years about the “rise of the nones.” Research measuring the religious landscape in the U.S. has shown an increasing number of people who mark “none” to the question of religious affiliation. Not only is this group growing relative...

The Trellis And The Vine
Posted by James Carroll on

This summer our church staff is reading (or for many of us re-reading) a book that has been foundational for my understanding of the church and her ministry. Perhaps no single book – other than the Bible – has shaped my ministry philosophy more than The Trellis and the Vine by Colin...