Why the name, “Approaching Damascus”?

Because just outside Damascus, Saul was converted (Acts 9:3). The Apostle Paul met the living Savior, Jesus Christ, on that Syrian road. As he was “approaching Damascus,” everything changed.

His life was intercepted.
His perspective was reversed.
His eyes were opened.
His passion was redirected.
His worldview changed.
His soul was converted.
His mission was clarified.

Paul’s approaching Damascus is a rallying point. It symbolizes for me a place where the gospel of Jesus Christ changes everything. So I want to use this blog as a simple way of communicating (primarily) to our Mission Road Bible Church family some things that are important to me as I watch Jesus Christ come to bear on everything in our ministry and in my own life. I hope that it will be an extension of my pastoral care to the flock I love here at MRBC.


 About Rick Holland

http://www.facebook.com/rlholland| twitter: @Rick_Holland


I serve as the senior pastor of Mission Road Bible Church. Additionally, I am a part of the leadership team of the RESOLVED Conference.

My wife is Kim. We met at Grace Community Church when we were working together in the Jr. High Ministry. Kim loves Jane Austen books and watching old movies. I like watching football and hunting programs. We both enjoy reading church history. Adventure dining (i.e., trying out new restaurants) is at the head of the list on date nights. Kim likes sweet and chocolaty mochas and I like strong, unsweetened iced tea.

There are three Holland boys: Luke, John, and Mark (yes they are out of biblical order, and missing Matthew- it would take too long to explain). They are serious purveyors of testosterone. Lots of sports, hunting and fishing with their Dad, and losing at board games to their Mom.

I grew up in the church in my hometown of Chattanooga, Tennessee. It grieves me to remember how little I responded to the gospel truth I heard. I always believed the facts of the gospel related to the Christmas and Easter stories, but something changed when I was in High School when I heard the gospel in a fresh way and I responded with a passion to know God through Christ. Still, I struggled and had little serious church accountability. After my freshman year of college, I attended a one-year Bible Institute at Grace Community Church and began to get traction on my walk with Christ. I’m so thankful for men who discipled my proud, sinful, stubborn heart.

(subject to immediate, inexplicable, arbitrary changes)

Salmon-anytime, anywhere, any way
Peaches and pistachios (no, not together)
Blackberries (a childhood holdover)
Chick-fil-A (the peanut oil makes the difference)
Cracker Barrel (best pancakes on the planet)

Peet’s Summer House Iced Tea
(I’ll drive 20 miles out of the way to get it)
Coke Zero

Anything with Kim and the boys
Hunting and fishing

Bob Dozier & Dan Crotts knives
Kifaru backpacks & gear
Cabelas, Bass Pro Shops, Sportsman’s Warehouse, Filson

Mission Road Bible on Sundays (and every other day of the week)
Rose Tree Cottage Tea Room (yep, and I’ll admit it)
Out in the woods on a deer hunt

All things Bach

The Bible
Trusting God – Jerry Bridges
The Gospel According to Jesus – John MacArthur
Ashamed of the Gospel – John MacArthur
The Lives of the Puritans (3 Vols.) – Benjamin Brook
The Sovereignty of Grace – Arthur C. Custance
Humility – C.J. Mahaney
Heaven – Randy Alcorn
Light From Old Times – J.C. Ryle
Into Thin Air – Jon Krakauer
D-Day – Stephen Ambrose

5 Comments on “About

  1. Rick I’ve thought of you often over the years of attending Shepherd’s Conferences and the last Expositors Institue on what a blessing you’ve been to me. However I’m more thankful for the time you invested in my son Mike Elliott. He often spoke of people there who impacted him and your name came up many times. Each Lord’s day weekend You are on my list of Pastors I pray for.
    Because of His Grace
    Michael Elliott
    Marimont Community Church

  2. Rick,

    I stumbled across your blog from GospelApprentice.com.

    I am so thankful for the Gospel-centered and Biblically-grounded approach you are taking.

    Keep up the good work.

    Steve Fuller

  3. Rick
    I write this note from South Africa. I attended Shepherds Conference many years ago when South was still fashionable. Read a few of your articles.Been following John MacArthur & the Masters Seminary for over 20 years now. U have all been a blessing to many around the world. From a Slave of Christ, S H Kennedy – Durban, South Africa

  4. Pastor Holland. Thanks God for your ministry, thanks for being a blessing to my life and to my family.God bless you !!

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