Monday, January 12, 2009

The Mid-South Men's Rally

Speaker: Reverend Richard D. Phillips

Men, the 2009 Mid-South Men's Rally is right around the corner. I hope you are making plans now to attend and even spreading the word among your friends and coworkers. It promises to be another great rally this year with rich fellowship, hearty singing, and powerful preaching.

The Mid-South Men's Rally schedule for this year is as follows:

Friday, January 30, 2009

5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Dinner served in Miller Hall, bookstore open
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Session I - "A Few Good Men"
7:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Break, refreshments in Miller Hall, bookstore open
8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Session II - "Faithful to the Call"

There is no charge for the rally or the dinner, and there is no need to register in advance. A freewill offering will be taken during the service.

Our speaker this year is Reverend Richard D. Phillips, the Senior Minister of the historic Second Presbyterian Church, Greenville, SC. Rev. Phillips served in the US Army for 13 years, holding command and staff positions in a number of combat units. While gaining his M.B.A. at the Wharton School of Business in Philadelphia, he was converted to faith in Christ through the preaching of the gospel at Tenth Presbyterian Church. A few years later, while serving as assistant professor of leadership at West Point and holding the rank of major, he and his wife were persuaded of God's call into the ordained ministry. Resigning from the Army, they moved back to Philadelphia to attend seminary.

While still in seminary, Rick became minister to a large inner-city outreach to singles and within a few years was preaching weekly at Tenth Presbyterian Church in downtown Philadelphia, the very church in which he was earlier converted and where he had met Sharon. During that time he also served on the staff of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, a radio and publishing ministry led by Rick's mentor and senior pastor, James Montgomery Boice. He remains on the board of directors of that organization, currently serving as vice chairman. He also chairs the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology, founded by Dr. Boice in 1974 and passed on to Rick's leadership after Dr. Boice's death in 2000. Rev. Phillips' preaching is heard nationwide on the radio program, God's Living Word.

Rev. Phillips focuses his ministry on what he refers to as the "3 P's": preaching, praying and pastoring. Additionally, God has called him to a writing ministry and he regularly authors books and articles. He has written numerous books on the Bible and theology, including commentaries on Hebrews and Zechariah, Jesus the Evangelist, and the recently released The Incarnation in the Gospels. Rev. Phillips frequently speaks at conferences on the Bible and theology and is active in overseas missions, especially in East Africa. In addition to his ministry duties, Rick likes to spend time with his wife and children and is an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox.

If you would like more information about the rally, please contact Shannon Craft in the Discipleship office at 601-353-8316 or

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