Dr Kevin Blackwell

Information on Church Health, Disciple Making, Ministry Leadership, theology and Spiritual Growth

Spiritual Life

  • A Love Story Worth Telling

    A Love Story Worth Telling

    Lord, your faithful love reaches to heaven, your faithfulness to the clouds. God your faithful love is so valuable, that people take refuge in the shadow of your wings. Psalm 36:5;7 HCSB. He was 21 and fresh out of the military serving his country in the Panama Canal during WWII, and she, his sweetheart, was… Continue reading

  • The Lost Virtue of Humility

    The Lost Virtue of Humility

    “Nothing sets a person so much out of the devil’s reach than humility.” –Johnathan Edwards. The greatest influencers on my life share one common trait, humility. Pastor T.A. Duke, or as most knew him “Brother Buck,” embodied humility in a way that few ever attain. In June of 1998 he and I travelled together to… Continue reading

  • Finding Rest in a Restless World

    Finding Rest in a Restless World

    So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his. Hebrews 4: 9-10. (ESV) It is overtly obvious to me and likely you as well, that this world is becoming increasingly unsettled. As a result, we… Continue reading

  • Theological Reflections on COVID-19

    Theological Reflections on COVID-19

    Suddenly we are living in a very strange world, a place that we don’t recognize.  The baseball fields are empty, malls are closed, restaurants are bringing your food to the car and we find ourselves digging in our closets for that do-it-yourself haircut product (Flowebee) we purchased back in the 90’s.  Many of the things… Continue reading

  • Are you also going to leave?

    Are you also going to leave?

    From that time many of his disciples went back and walked with Him no more. Then Jesus said to the twelve, “Are you also going to leave?” John 6: 66-67. A couple of months ago the Christian world was stunned when a string of pastors and church leaders made public announcements regarding their intention of… Continue reading

  • Having a Sustained Joy for the Journey: Being vs. Doing

    Having a Sustained Joy for the Journey: Being vs. Doing

    Being a follower of Christ is a journey and too many followers sit as abandoned cars on the side of the road to heaven simply because they either lost faith or the joy of the journey.  As believers in Christ, God has saved us for eternity but has not immediately taken us to our eternal… Continue reading

  • Waiting on the Walls to Fall

    Waiting on the Walls to Fall

    Now Jericho was shut up inside and outside because of the people of Israel. None went out, and none came in. And the LORD said to Joshua, “See, I have given Jericho into your hand, with its king and mighty men of valor…” (Joshua 6:2) For years the people of God were strangers and sojourners, living in a foreign… Continue reading

  • The Importance of Identity

    The Importance of Identity

    So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear… Continue reading

  • Does your Church have Authentic Community?

    Does your Church have Authentic Community?

    “If then there is any encouragement in Christ, if any consolation of love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by thinking the same way, having the same love, sharing the same feelings, focusing on one goal. Do nothing out of rivalry or conceit, but in humility consider others as… Continue reading

  • Lessons of a Failed Governor

    Lessons of a Failed Governor

    During the 2010 Gubernatorial race I was intrigued by the dermatologist from Tuscaloosa on the Republican ticket, Dr. Robert Bentley.  He seemed so un-political, so genuine and well, nice.  He captured the hearts of many Alabamians with his clever slogan, “Alabama is sick and it needs a doctor” and his promise to not take a… Continue reading

About Me

I have been in ministry for 29 years serving in various capacities including senior pastor, youth pastor, education and associate pastor. I serve at Samford University as Assistant to the President and Executive Director of the Ministry Training Institute. I am co-author of the book, Cultivate Disciple Making. I received his Bachelors Degree from Samford, a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Master of Theology from the Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. His doctoral work was in the area of church health and revitalization.  I am currently a Ph.D. candidate at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. His dissertation thesis is An Analysis and Critique of Disciple Making Within Ecclesial Movements in the United States, 1970-2020, With a View Toward Implementing a Faithful New Testament Missio Ecclesia