Pastor Willy's Blog
For the last several years we have partnered with “Going the Distance Ministries” (GTD) to provide a great adventure trip to the Grand Canyon while teaching the biblical doctrine of creation. The Grand Canyon is a perfect laboratory for examining scientific and geological evidence that reaffirms biblical truth. I would love for you to accompany Dr. Aaron Walp and myself on an exciting trip to the Grand Canyon this fall.
Like many Southern Baptists, my first response when hearing about our 2015 convention destination was an incredulous, “Columbus, Ohio?” Why Columbus? Now I know.
This weekend we will begin something at Calvary that we haven’t done in 10 years. Over the last decade the only way people could formally commit to membership at Calvary was to attend our membership class...
Parents who allow their children to opt out of church attendance and involvement have abdicated their role of leadership and set their children up to abandon the faith altogether. The Church is the “Body of Christ”. The American fad to separate Christ, a personal relationship with Him, from The Church, a corporate commitment to Christ through His body, is unbiblical, toxic, and hurtling a generation toward apostasy and eternal destruction.
It’s been a few days since I have updated this blog with news of Dave’s condition. I’ve tried to update Facebook, especially by sharing the regular Facebook updates from KC.
It has been three weeks since I first hurried to my brother’s bedside in the hospital ICU. As usual I was in a hurry. I left a packed week at Calvary but my greater concern for Dave pulled me away. My hopes were for a quick recovery. Let’s figure this out, get him some medicine and be on our way. I wanted to snap my fingers at a few doctors and say, “Let’s get with this OK?” My prayers to God were, “Heal him, now.”
I’m not a stranger to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) found in major hospitals. I’ve been visiting them for 30 years. Almost 3 weeks ago my brother David fell ill and has been in critical condition since then. I’ve spent hours sitting in the waiting room and by his bedside and it occurred to me that you learn some powerful life lessons in the ICU.
My brother David Rice fell seriously ill in June. So many have been praying and inquiring. Here are the latest updates on his journey:
Great things are happening in Pittsburgh! God is clearly working at Calvary and leading us to focus on church planting in the near future. As part of our strategic partnerships with Southern Baptist churches across the United States, Calvary has accepted the responsibility to be a lead partner to plant churches in Pittsburgh as part of our Send North America strategy. As we’ve been praying and studying about opportunities to plant churches in Pittsburgh, God has been moving by opening doors and directing hearts.
Recently, some SBC leaders and friends approached me and asked me to consider allowing my name to be nominated for President of the Southern Baptist Convention Pastor’s Conference. Given my great regard for these leaders, my sense of deep obligation to Southern Baptists, and a sense of peace, I have agreed to allow the nomination.