December 6, 2019

Pastoral Nuggets: The Boo-boos of Life

Recently, I was involved in a minor fender-bender type of an automobile accident. It hurt my feelings more than anything else. I babied that car. Now it’s got a “boo-boo” and is in the shop being repaired. But before long, it will be “de-boo-booed,” (I made up that word!) and once again, all will be right in my world. As I thought about this little … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: What Changed?

It what now seems another lifetime; I attended Troup High School in LaGrange, Georgia. I was a member of the last class that went straight from grammar school to high school. I can remember walking the halls and seeing groups of upperclassmen gathered around somebody’s locker admiring a rifle or shotgun one of them had brought to school. I can remember … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Things I Heard Along the Way

Every once in a while, I devote a column to sharing things that I heard somebody else say along the way. Today is one of those columns. In my opinion, one of the greatest tools of all time is the notes feature on my iPhone. You see, ordinary people constantly say profound stuff. So, I have learned that whenever one of these nuggets, or pearls of wisdom, … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Growing Into Your Destiny

On several occasions, I have mentioned to you readers that I was raised poor. And if the truth be known, I am glad I was. Why? Was it because I enjoyed not having things, or being forced to learn to “make do” with secondhand things, or even having to wear hand-me-down clothes? Of course not! I’m glad because being raised poor shaped me into the person I … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Jigsaw Puzzles

When I was growing up, you know, back when dinosaurs roamed the earth, we were so poor at 38 Border Road in LaGrange, Georgia - we couldn’t even pay attention! Oh, I can tell you all kind of stories about just how poor we really were. We didn’t have indoor bathrooms until I was about thirteen years old. We certainly didn’t have any air conditioning. We … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Stuff I Heard Somebody Else Say Along the Way

In his book, “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People,” one of the habits Stephen Covey gives is this: “Seek first to understand, then to be understood.” What’s he saying? He’s saying that before we try to convince somebody else that we are right and they are wrong, just maybe, we need to understand their point of view first. We need to learn to listen … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Getting the Corruption Out

My momma was a sage. She had a way of boiling her wisdom down to simple little sayings, that even as a child, I could understand. However, I later discovered that some of her sagely sayings were not grounded in as much scientific fact as she asserted. She was just manipulating my behavior! Sayings like: “Don’t cross your eyes; they’ll get stuck that way,” … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Because You Are His

What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's … 1st Corinthians 6: 9 & 10. Leadership Magazine once published an article about the 1995 Disney Movie, Toy Story. The … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: It Happened – Just This Way

Proverbs 17:22(KJV) says, “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” So, I think that from time-to-time it does all of us good to laugh – even if it is at somebody else’s expense! Speaking of laughter, I am convinced that sometimes the Lord looks down from heaven, sees me, and starts belly laughing! I have a vision … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Old Friends

“Most of the time, a kid doesn’t think about what he’s doing or why.  This is the privilege of childhood.” ~ Robert Fulghum. As I read the quote above, my mind went back a couple of weeks to a Homecoming service that I was blessed to be asked to preach at my home church. One of my childhood friends attended the services that day. He’s one of those rare … [Read more...]