May 26, 2020

Pastoral Nuggets: The Runt of the Litter

(Personal Note: Today’s Pastor’s Column marks a personal milestone for me. This is the 400th article I have written since I resumed writing them. It is an honor for me to be your Newspaper Pastor! ~ Brother Aaron) One of the greatest obstacles we face as Christians is … learning to see ourselves as God sees us. In other words, knowing our true … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: When the Building Becomes a Burden

During part of the verbal exchange between Jesus and the Samaritan Woman, (The Woman at the Well) a question arose regarding the correct place to worship God. Take a moment to read the exchange between them: “The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet." "Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Something Horrific to Something Good

In Matthew 16:18(KJV), Jesus told Peter, “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” And the good news for us today is: Neither shall the Coronavirus prevail against Jesus’ church! When this virus is nothing more than a fleeting memory, His church will still … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: The Pressure is On – Rise to the Occasion

I'm not smart enough to know what the Coronavirus is. However, I am smart enough to know what it is not. It is not male or female, rich or poor, tall or short, fat or skinny, black or white, gay or straight, American or another nationality, Jewish, Muslim, Christian, or atheist, or Republican or Democratic. Neither is it a respecter of … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Speaking Death or Life into a Situation

Facts are exactly that, facts. So, please don't interpret what I say in this column as me encouraging you to ignore the facts and instructions regarding the Coronavirus Pandemic; I'm not. However, sometimes the way we process a fact makes all the difference in the world. Proverbs 18: 21 says, "Death and life are in the power of the tongue ..." This means … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Why I Do What I Do

A week or so ago, I received a call from a friend who is a member of one of my churches. My friend asked, “Will you do me a favor?” I replied, “If I possibly can.” He continued, “I want you to go and visit my brother and witness to him about accepting Jesus as his personal Lord and Savior.” He continued, “The reason I’m asking you to do this, is because … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Everybody in Mayberry was a Sinner

A week or so ago, I had lunch with one of my pastors. While we were eating and conversing, our conversation turned to the great decline and decay of morals in America today. I made the statement that, while America has always had people on the extreme fringes regarding moral issues, there used to be a vast middle who adhered to acceptable moral … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Getting Close

Years ago, Marianne and I attended the final game of the Upward Basketball season sponsored by First Baptist Church in LaGrange. Our then 7-year-old granddaughter, Kaitlyn Walker, was a cheerleader for one of the teams. Quite naturally, she was the best one on the cheerleading squad! As the buzzer sounded ending the final game, Ed Batchelor, a member of … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Recovering the Essence of Who We Are (Part 2)

Last week I wrote about the conversation happening in our area today as a result of the decision made by the United Methodist Conference to close many of its smaller churches. In this column, I want to write about the importance of remembering our purpose. I heard the story about a gentleman who, years ago, was walking down the street in New York City. As … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Recovering the Essence of Who We Are (Part 1)

It is no secret that the United Methodist Church/Conference recently made the decision to close many of its smaller churches. And it’s also no secret that this decision has caused much consternation among its rank and file members – many who are my friends. To say that these members have a strong emotional attachment to the buildings and properties … [Read more...]