Weak Christian? That I am.
Husband, father, pastor (Presbyterian Church in America), church planter, preacher… and weak in each respective calling? That I am.
“For he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9
I am a weak, common, broken jar in which the Spirit has poured the gospel and Christ has poured his strength. That means I am a celebratingly fragile man. I am blessed by God to be a husband and dad (of four). I am called by God to be a leader. I am equipped by the Word of God to be a teacher. I have been ordained by the church of God to be a pastor. BUT – I am still just a clay jar. I feel it every day. And every day I pretend to be a vessel of Titanium.
My name is Jim Powell and I am what I am. This blog is, hopefully, not just about me, but about a paradigm of gospel living in a broken world – how strong faith in a strong gospel is for weak people.
If you live in Eastern Pennsylvania, come check out West Valley PCA, Emmaus – a church that is growing more messy as God fills us with people who know they are weak and yet rest on a strong gospel, being renewed amidst a culture that craves strength and stability.
MDIV Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 2003
pastor, Harmony PCA, Kingsport, TN 2003-2006 asst. pastor, Cornerstone PCA, Center Valley, PA 2006-2008 planter/pastor, West Valley PCA, Emmaus, PA Sept 2008-present