A blog and podcast for pastors committed to faithfully shepherding God's flock.


 Every day I get emails, postcards, newsletters, and magazines touting the latest trends and success stories in the world of ministry. In this pastor world of statistics and suggestions, this blog  seeks to provide encouragement and insight to the Biblical call to shepherd the people of God. The goal is to help you be faithful and fruitful, which means you may never be popular. I am aware that creating a site and a podcast for others to interact with seems counter-productive to the message.

This blog and podcast is a part of my personal effort to stay focused on shepherding the congregation where I am a pastor. I welcome your thoughts, insights, and experiences here. This is not just my spot on the web to insert my voice, it is a place for you to join in, learn, and contribute to the encouragement of other leaders who week in and week out preach, pray, counsel, visit, and minister to the local church.

By His Grace,

Rob Armstrong, Sr. Pastor 

Harrisburg Baptist Church in Tupelo, MS


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Rob Armstrong

Husband to Jill. Dad to Hannah, Eden, & Sarah. Pastor of Harrisburg Baptist Church in Tupelo, MS

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“We have lost our saltiness.”This thought is what came to mind as I read an email response from the Dave Ramsey group to a reporter from the Religion News Service. I don’t want to pile on the Ramsey group, it was just the latest response from a popular Christian or group that discouraged me. All… Read More

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For the last 12 months, I have been preaching through the Gospel of Matthew. This past week, November 15, 2020, our passage was Matthew 7:1-12. The title of the sermon was “The Cure for Criticism,” and you can watch/listen here: One of the points that didn’t make it into the sermon dealt with the… Read More

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“People are looking for friends, not friendliness.” – Ben Mandrell Ben wrote the sentence above in the most recent edition of Facts and Trends. I recommend that you read his article, the link is directly below:   To make, mature, and multiply disciples, a church has to be more than friendly; it has to build friendships.… Read More

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"What you heard from in the presence of many witnesses, entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also." 2 Timothy 2:2