September 19, 2017

Pastoral Nuggets: How to be Victorious

I was listening to a preacher the other day who mentioned the Biblical account of Joshua encountering the Captain of the Lord’s Host at the Battle of Jericho. It occurred to me that both Joshua and the Captain of the Lord’s Host were doing the same thing. Both were preparing themselves for a battle by surveying the battlefield. It also occurred to me … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Counting Yourself Unworthy

In the 13th chapter of the book of Acts, Paul and Barnabas are teaching the Gospel of Salvation through Jesus Christ to the Jews and the Gentiles at Antioch. After teaching in the synagogue, the gentiles compelled them to come back the next Sabbath and teach the same thing again to everybody. The whole town showed up. However, when the Jews saw the crowd, … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: The Show of Life

“Sometimes I feel like sunshine must - shining on everything else that it never was.” Laurie Beth Jones. It is “Human” Nature for us to want our accomplishments to be in the spotlight of the show of life. It is “Christian” Nature for us to place the accomplishments of others in the spotlight of life. One comes naturally. The other requires great Spiritual … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: It Happened On Our Watch

Reality is often a very sobering thing. As I have told you before in this column, each Monday I attend the Troup Baptist Association Monday Morning Pastors Prayer Fellowship. It’s a wonderful time of fellowship, prayer, and a short sermon. It is followed by lunch at a local restaurant for any pastor who wants to attend. At today’s lunch meeting the … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Moving Rocks

Last week, I had the honor of eating lunch with Dr. Tom Tucker, Pastor of First Baptist Church in West Point, Georgia. As we were leaving to go to lunch, Tom showed me the “Community Garden” that is located across the street from the main entrance of the church. The church sponsors the garden as an outreach ministry to the community. It is quite a large … [Read more...]

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...]