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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?
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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?
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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?
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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
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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...

Thank you!
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We’re part of the way through our Vacation Bible School week as I write this morning. I’m rejoicing to report that I’ve seen clear evidence of God’s grace and blessing this week as dozens of volunteers are serving hundreds of children from all around our community. Nearly...

Let Us Go To the House Of The Lord
Posted by James Carroll on

“I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord!”Psalm 122:1   David wrote Psalm 122 to express his joy and expectation in going to worship God with the congregation of His people. Because corporate worship centered around Jerusalem in his day, he...

A Note From James
Posted by James Carroll on

On the eve of my sabbatical, I’m experiencing a range of emotions including: gratitude, excitement, uncertainty, and a little nervousness. The break will be strange, but I trust the Lord will use it for our good. This time is very personal, but it is not private. It is a congregational...