Announcing Olive’s New Director of Preschool Ministries

We are excited to announce Sharon Payne Barnes will be joining Olive’s staff as our Director of Preschool Ministries. Sharon comes to Olive from Corinth, Texas where she has been serving as the Minister to Preschool and Children for the past five years. Sharon has more than ten years of ministry experience. Previously Sharon has served churches in Augusta, Georgia and Montgomery, Alabama (her hometown). Sharon answered the call to ministry as a high school senior after serving as missionary Sojourner in 1996. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Southern Christian University and is currently working on her Read more →

Vacation Bible School 2015 at Olive

Vacation Bible School 2015 at Olive comes to a close today. It has been a great week. Here are a few thoughts…   LEADERSHIP-Dennis Dean does a great job with putting together a team and leading the event!   SERVANTS-We had volunteers of every age. People taught the Word and served the Lord!   GOSPEL-On Thursday 41 children made a profession of faith!   DISCIPLESHIP-One 14 year worker told me she led her first person to Jesus. Young people grow as the serve!   It was 51 years ago this summer that I was saved in VBS. It works! It lasts! Read more →

The Symbol That Speaks the Loudest of All

“We will rejoice in Thy salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners.” Psalm 20:5.      Symbols are important. They make statements. The Confederate battle flag makes a racial statement to many. Removing it from the flag pole on the lawn of the South Carolina capital would make a statement. I believe Governor Nikki Haley has done the right thing in calling for the legislature to take up this issue.   However, it seems we are moving off message with this flag flap. What caused this dialogue was the murder of nine Christians Read more →

It’s Time to Speak Hope

The unspeakable act of violence in Charleston, South Carolina this week has stirred the nation. Hatred and meanness abound. And that is just between people trying to describe the situation. Words are scrutinized and phases are being parsed. You must call the murderer by certain terms or you are a racist yourself. The media goes after the ratings jugular. Politicians use the moment for pet legislation.   The whole business is disgusting. Murder is evil and comes from the devil who is the father of it. So, what do I need to say?         Love one another Read more →

A National Call for Prayer to All Southern Baptists for the Next Great Awakening

  This week I am at the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting. I was honored to speak for the Pastor’s Conference. Dr. Willie Rice, my longtime friend and pastor of Calvary Baptist in Clearwater, Florida, led the event. Some of the most powerful messages I have heard in years were preached over the last two days. Ben Schettler, leader of Ask or Think Ministries, has written a blog post regarding the message I preached Sunday night for the conference. This great young leader has a sharp perspective of what it takes to make a difference. You will find link to Read more →