Dr. Terry Powell

Dr. Powell is Professor of Church Ministry at Columbia International University. Dr Powell has taught in the seminary setting for over 25 years. He has ministered cross-culturally in Ukraine, Zimbabwe, Nambia, Kenya, Korea, St. Vincent, Greneda, St. Lucia, India, Sri Landa, and Switzerland.

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I Am Depressed, But God is Good

Posted by Dr. Terry Powell on Mar 3, 2016 9:15:46 AM


What follows is a journal entry from 2005.  The first part sounds bleak. I was knee-deep in a depressive episode  and couldn’t slog my way out.  I’m posting it to show you how depression expresses itself in the minds or emotions of some Christian workers you may know or encounter.  Yet it’s far from an exhaustive list of symptoms.

The second half offers a biblical rebuttal of sorts.  It’s how I “preach to myself “ when despondency descends.  Faith, not despondency, had the last word that year.  By God’s grace, I’m still going strong

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A Reason Not To Take My Own Life

Posted by Dr. Terry Powell on Jan 5, 2016 10:26:09 AM

I pleaded with no avail, as it turned out.


Ronnie * (not his real name) and I were on the patio behind my house. He was a 31-year-old divorcee with two young girls who adored him.  Chronically depressed, he had tried a couple times to take his own life.

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7 Questions for Personal Accountability

Posted by Dr. Terry Powell on Nov 11, 2015 2:38:25 PM


According to Patrick Morley, “accountability is to be regularly answerable for the key areas of our lives to qualified people.”  Charles Swindoll adds, “Accountability is giving a few trusted persons the permission to ask you the hard questions.”

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Farley and Me

Posted by Dr. Terry Powell on Oct 28, 2015 2:35:29 PM

Two Relationship Lessons from My Dachshund

From my 7-year-old badger dog, I am striving to learn and apply these insights.

  1. Value of Presence    If I plop down on the couch to watch TV, Farley hops up to join me and nuzzles close.  When I stroll into my home office to study or to use the computer, he tags along.  When I go to the bathroom, he waits for me outside the door.  He wants to be with me, and that’s how I know he loves me.
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If I were a Christian College Freshman Again... 3 Things I'd Do Differently

Posted by Dr. Terry Powell on Sep 29, 2015 8:17:23 AM

I began my freshman year of college in the Jurassic era, 48 years ago this month. What if I could start all over, knowing what I know now about life and relationships?
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