March 18, 2018

Pastoral Nuggets: The Cost of Success

Every great and worthwhile achievement has a price that the achiever must pay. And generally speaking, that price is not cheap. As Christians, we have been given a mandate. We are to go into all the world and make disciples of Jesus Christ. Acts 1:8 teaches us that our mandate begins at home, (Jerusalem) it extends to our state, (Judea) it extends to … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: What Can We Do?

I think it goes without saying that any reasonable person in America today is deeply troubled at the state of our nation. School shootings, gang related violence, alcohol and drug abuse, the decay of the traditional family unit, the lack of discipline, disrespect for authority and the rule of law, the lack of manners and morals, and the all-out war against … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Define Significant

“Define significant,” is what I wrote in the margins of a book I am reading by Eric Bryant entitled, “Not Like Me.” To put it into context for you, the full sentence reads, “We were created to do something significant with our lives.” And while I wholeheartedly agree with his statement, I submit that significant is a relative term that doesn’t always … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Love the Ones You Have

Each Friday I try to send my pastor friends a brief e-mail blurb that I have entitled: “An Encouraging Word to Pastors.” Which, by the way, if you’re a pastor (Denomination doesn’t matter) and would like to receive the Encouraging Word, just send an e-mail to: Put, “Add me to the Encouraging Word to Pastor’s e-mail list” in the … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Others

Many years ago I heard about a man who was retiring after spending his entire working career with the same manufacturing company. The company gave him a party. At the party it was stated that during his career he only worked for two supervisors. Somebody asked which supervisor he enjoyed working for best. Without hesitation, he called the second … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Rules Are Important

Rules are important. In fact, in my opinion, civilized society cannot exist without them. However, when it comes to rules, I think we are guilty of several things. The first being, often we don’t do a very good job of explaining them. I am reminded of a story I read about a grandson trying to “explain” the “Rules of Baseball” to his grandmother, who, by … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Million Dollar Answers to Fifty-cent Prayers

Somewhere along the way I heard a person ask another if they knew the difference between an amateur and a professional. He went on to explain that an amateur is one who strives to get something right while a professional is one who strives to not get it wrong. The difference is perception. One is striving to become successful while the other is striving to … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Atmospheric Dirt and Dust

Not long ago, while on vacation in Pigeon Forge Tennessee, I was in service with my good friend, Pastor Church Simpson of Williamsburg Baptist Church. Like me, Chuck wears glasses. He took off his glasses, held them in his hand and said, “Occasionally, in order to continue to see well, I have to clean these.” He continued, “It’s not because I have done … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Four Truths I Want You To Grab Hold Of

Picture in your mind a church sanctuary with stained glass windows. Now picture that you are inside that sanctuary at night. One of the first things you probably noticed is that the windows are dark, or at a minimum, their beauty is muted. The simple truth is that it takes the light of the sun to reveal the beauty of the stained glass. Now, here’s a truth … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Choosing Not To Be Offended

Proverbs 19:11(KJV) states, “The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.” The Aaron McCollough translation of that verse is: Smart people have learned both how to hold their tongue and the virtue of being able to forgive and forget. In short, they’ve learned to make the choice not to be … [Read more...]