July 21, 2017

Pastoral Nuggets: The Importance of Faithfulness

If I asked you to develop a litmus test to determine if somebody is faithful in any relationship or cause, what parameters would you include? Would your test include things like a solemn commitment to the stated cause and purpose by the person you are testing? How about regular attendance, enthusiastic participation, preparedness, tirelessly advocating for … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: When All Is Well

I attend a Monday Morning Pastor’s Prayer Fellowship. Last week the pastor of the day preached about how to find Jesus in the midst of the storms of our lives. He based his sermon on Jesus appearing to the disciples in the midst of the storm and walking to them on the water. He also spoke about Peter walking on the water to go to Jesus. He preached an … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: The Miss Piggy Syndrome

You remember Miss Piggy.  She was the loud, flamboyant, glamorous, excessive, vain girlfriend (or wife, I’m not exactly sure which) of Kermit the Frog on “The Muppets.” Miss Piggy had a no-holds-barred attitude and outlook on life. Her view of life was, “Eat what you want, exercise your prerogative, and find a good plastic surgeon that gives frequent-flyer … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Signage

If you go to my Facebook page, you will find two photographs of me. These two photographs present to the world the persona I want presented. I control the signage regarding my social media presence. The photo in the lower left corner inset shows my wife Marianne with her head on my shoulder. The photo in the background is a perfectly timed shot (Thank you … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Paradoxes

Somebody once asked me if I knew what a paradox was. I told them, “Sure! It’s when two doctors are standing side by side!” (Pair of Doc’s!)  (Boo!  Bad joke, bad joke!) The official definition of a paradox is: “A statement or proposition that, despite sound (or apparently sound) reasoning from acceptable premises, leads to a conclusion that seems senseless, … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: A Letter to School Teachers and Staff

Author's Note: I wrote the article below to the teachers and staff at Berta Weathersbee Elementary School in LaGrange, Georgia. The Troup Baptist Association has adopted Berta as our “at large” Educational Partnership School. Berta is at the bottom of the scale both academically and socioeconomically. They are struggling! While we do many things for the … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: The Leaven of Life

In 1 Corinthians 5:6(b) (KJV) Paul, speaking about cooking bread, asks the believers at Corinth, “Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?” Now, for those who may not know what leaven is, just think of it as yeast or self-rising flour. So, in essence, Paul is teaching them that as believers, just like leaven, sometimes small doses of the … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: The Dark Moments

Sometimes God uses the most difficult situations, the dark moments of our lives, to produce the most poignant, significant, and beautiful moments of ministry. Charles F. Weigle is a good point-in-case of what I am talking about.  He was an itinerant evangelist and songwriter. One day he returned home after preaching an evangelistic meeting and found a note … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: The Landfill Harmonics

In his book, “The End of Me,” author Kyle Idleman tells about a town in Paraguay, South America, which is built around a garbage dump. Every day 1,500 tons of trash is added to this dump. The people of the town make their living by scavenging through the dump seeking things they can recycle and sell. Sadly, the living conditions in the town are as you … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Hope is not a Strategy

God has blessed me with opportunities to share and interact with people through many different venues. The Pastor’s Column that you are reading is one of those venues. I also have the venues of a weekly radio broadcast, that is aired on several stations, a Facebook Page, and of course, there’s a web site. However, one of my favorite venues is working with … [Read more...]