1. A Word about An Evangelist

    October 12, 2013 by Paul Chappell


    I am thankful for godly evangelists who labor for souls and for revival.

    The Bible mentions evangelism three different times:

    And the next day we that were of Paul’s company departed, and came unto Caesarea: and we entered into the house of Philip the evangelist, which was one of the seven; and abode with him.—Acts 21:8

    And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;—Ephesians 4:11

    But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.—2 Timothy 4:5

    A man with the calling of evangelist whom I highly respect is Dr. John Goetsch. In my first year as a pastor, the Lord led me to call Dr. Goetsch to preach for our winter revival. That was one of the best decisions I ever made. The Lord has blessed our friendship over the years, and when we started West Coast Baptist College, Dr. Goetsch came to help in the work.

    Dr. Goetsch has the calling of evangelist, and he also serves as the executive vice president of West Coast Baptist College. I have the calling of pastor, and I also serve as the president of WCBC. We enjoy working together in the ministry.

    The following reasons have compelled me to ask Dr. Goetsch to preach for our winter revival at Lancaster Baptist Church for twenty-eight consecutive years: (more…)

  2. Government Shutdown, World War II Memorial, & First Amendment Rights

    October 5, 2013 by Paul Chappell


    The iconic focal point of the partial government shutdown on Tuesday has become the World War II Memorial in Washington. As you are probably aware, the National Park Service was instructed to erect barricades and keep armed guards around the memorial’s perimeter.

    Groups of WWII veterans, however, were not impressed with the barricades. These heroes of the greatest generation insisted on access, sweeping past the barricades two days in a row.

    Politics and budget issues aside, what got me on reading the news stories was the statement made by the National Park Service concerning why the veterans were allowed to push past the barricades: “The Honor Flights are being granted access to the WWII memorial to conduct First Amendment activities in accordance with National Park Service regulations applicable to the National Mall and Memorial Parks.”

    Did you catch that? First Amendment rights. (more…)

  3. Quotes to Encourage

    July 20, 2013 by Paul Chappell



    I appreciate the way a concise quote can define and relate profound truth. For a change of pace,  I’m sharing twenty-five quotes on today’s blog that are among my favorites.  (more…)

  4. Against All Odds

    July 4, 2013 by Paul Chappell


    The Declaration of Independence was a statement against all odds. To some, it could have been called, The Declaration of Insanity.

    How could thirteen fledgling colonies win a war against the mother country?

    How could rough pioneers and poor farmers advance against a highly-trained military?

    How could an under-paid, poorly-clothed, and ill-fed bunch of soldiers fight the deep pockets of support flowing to the enemy?

    But they did. (more…)

  5. The Road Ahead: 10 Steps to Authentic Ministry for Independent Baptists

    May 21, 2013 by Paul Chappell

    The Road Ahead book

    Over the past several months, I’ve been writing a book for independent Baptist pastors and leaders—The Road Ahead.

    This book shares personal midcourse adjustments the Lord has worked in my spirit and ministry philosophy. Particularly, it addresses the needs I see in independent Baptist leaders and churches to look to Jesus and serve with authenticity.

    As I travel, I’ve met hundreds of Bible-believing pastors who love God, are faithful to their families, and have a pulpit ministry that is grace-based and Bible-centered. Some of these men have shared with me their concerns about the testimony of Christ and the future of biblical Baptist churches.

    As with other institutions, and even other denominations, we serve in a day when the actions and reactions of a few have been broad-brushed over all of us. In these times, it is more vital than ever that we understand our biblical position and allow the Holy Spirit to thoroughly search our lives for imbalances in ministry.

    Packaging these thoughts into book form with written steps of action has been a challenge. In fact, I haven’t written a book with more prayer…or a greater passion to clearly communicate. (more…)