About the Author & the Blog

My name is Russell McKinney. I am 53 years old and have served as an ordained pastor for 27 years. I am currently the pastor of Roan Mountain Baptist Church in Bakersville, NC. I’ve been married to my wife, Tonya, for 25 years. She has taught middle school math at Bowman Middle School in Bakersville, NC, for 27 years. We have two great kids – our sons Ryan (22) and Royce (19). Ryan is a Physical Education teacher and coach at Harris Middle School in Spruce Pine, NC. Royce is a freshman at Mayland Community College in Spruce Pine, NC.

When I was a young man I placed my belief in Jesus Christ as my Savior and was “born again” (John 3:1-16). However, I didn’t fully sell out to Him with all my heart, mind, and body until I was in my early twenties. I try to be “salt” and “light” (Matthew 5:13-16) in whatever situation I find myself, and I try to do whatever I do “in the name of the Lord Jesus” (Colossians 3:17) and “to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). This blog is written with all that in mind, and I trust the Lord will use the multitude of posts on a wide variety of subjects as a help and blessing in your life.

I call the blog The Disciple’s Road for a couple of reasons. First, according to Christ’s words from Matthew 28:18-20, Christians are supposed to make “disciples.” Making disciples involves more than making coverts, church members, or fellow Christians. The word “disciple” means “learner.” Therefore, we Christians should be helping people to learn not only what it takes to become an authentic Christian but also what it takes to live rightly as a Christian in this messed up world of the 21st century.

Second, experience has taught me that walking with the Lord is like walking down a road. Christianity really shouldn’t be thought of as either a sprint or a long jump. When it comes to spiritual matters, sprinting and long jumping tend to produce what Hebrews 5:12-14 describes as “babes in Christ” (as opposed to fully mature “adults in Christ”). How much better it is to slowly and methodically walk with the Lord down life’s road and let Him purposefully mold you into the person He wants you to be and use you in the ways in which He wants to use you.

So, thanks for taking the time to do some walking on The Disciple’s Road. Please feel free to browse around the site. You can use the “Search” engine to help you find something. Or you can click on the “Top Posts” for the posts that have been read the most that day. Or you can find posts related to your subject of interest by using the drop-down “Categories” box. Or, lastly, you can click on one of the tags in the “Tag Cloud” and find all the posts that include that tag. Then again, if you aren’t really looking for anything in particular, you can just start browsing through the posts from the top down and see if anything rings your bell.

If you do find a post that piques your interest and you would like to leave a comment, you have that option. I will read the comment and respond to it if I feel it requires a response. Just know that WordPress features a screening process that allows me to see your comment before it gets officially posted onto the site. Furthermore, I have the option of choosing not to allow the comment. With that said, though, I don’t consider myself the comment police and rarely refuse to allow a comment, even one left by someone who disagrees with what I’ve written.

One last thing, if you like the blog you can follow it by clicking on either the WordPress “Follow The Disciples Road” option or the “Follow Blog Via Email” option on the right side of the page. By doing this you will be notified whenever I post something new. But there’s definitely no pressure for you to do that. Rest assured that I’m not the type to live and die with how many followers I have. So, again, thanks for checking out the site, and may God use it to help you become the Christian disciple He wants you to be.

7 Responses to About the Author & the Blog

  1. Patrick Harty says:

    Hi Pastor Mckinney
    Thanks for writing the “10 testings bestowed on God” that you mentioned. Tried to count them myself when starting from Exodus to Deuteronomy but would lose count or simply forget until reading numbers 14:22. Then trying to back track to Exodus was not easy. Of course it is never for me or for anyone else to disagree about what God counted as a test but although a christian would have to wonder on what he regarded as a test. Just wondering on a human level…
    Test 1. Was a test to God as he showed them the wonders of his works in Egypt. Leaving Egypt was a completely new experience for them with Pharaoh hot on their heels. God gives them the benefit of the doubt here for their lack of faith in this instance.
    Tests 2, 3, 6 and 9 were where the grumblings were understandable as it would be difficult to be out in the wilderness eating bland food all the time. Water was a need not a luxury so the people concerns were understandable. Trying to discern between concern and complaining is difficult in these cases. Should these have been regarded as tests? Maybe and maybe not.
    The disobeying of the collection of Bread, the golden calf and not being faithful to the Spies report were certainly the 3 testings of God for which he rightly punishes the people.
    Like to hear your response and once again thank you for the article,
    God bless,

    • russellmckinney says:

      Thanks, Patrick. I would love to be able to say that I sat down and came up with my list myself, but I have to give credit where credit is due. I simply used a list that John MacArthur offered in his study bible in his notes for Numbers 14:22. All he gave was a simple list of the passages, and I based the post around that list. Thanks so much for reading!

  2. Beau says:

    The blog in relation to Drew Brees is a hard read to me. Being a white male may disqualify me from understanding the problems many of color face but my skin color does not disqualify me from reasonable thought. Seems to me that charity and hope have been placed on the back burner and replaced by hatred and contempt towards your fellow man. The only solution to the current social problems lies not in public reform or laws but with the in dwelling of the Holy Spirit in ones heart, only then can the heart be truly changed thus placing charity and hope back on the front burners. Fellow Christians do not be disheartened with current events but instead view today’s events as an opportunity to tell of our wonderful Savior and Lord which keeps us centered and safe. “Fear not” and “Be not afraid “ I believe appears 365 times in the Bible…..what a wonderful thought to have for each day of the year.

    • russellmckinney says:

      Thanks, Beau. Yes, the only way to truly fix racism — ALL racism, I might add, no matter where it is found — is the transforming power of the salvation offered in Jesus Christ. That is how Jesus set about to change the world, and many historians have noted that it was the spread of Christianity throughout the Roman empire that ultimately curtailed slavery in the empire. Basically, when a person’s heart gets truly changed, he or she won’t have to be told to stop being a racist. That’s why America still has a racism problem and will continue to have one. Our national train has been running on a track that leads us away from God for a long time now.

      • George says:

        Yes, it is a matter of the laws of God being written in our hearts.

      • russellmckinney says:

        Absolutely! Outward racist acts can be dealt with to some degree by way of human laws and legislation. But as for the inner motivations that prompt the outward acts, only the Lord can change those.

  3. Beau says:

    You are on point….amen!

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