April 23, 2019

Pastoral Nuggets: The Pinnacle of Near Perfect Ignorance

When I am driving, I often listen to Fox News on my Sirius XM Radio. The other day one of the hosts was interviewing his guest. The subject was the alleged Russian interference in the 2018 election. The host mentioned something that somebody else had said about it and then asked his guest to respond. The guest responded by stating that the other person was … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Heather

Marianne and I have four children, two boys and two girls. Heather Renee is the second oldest child and the oldest girl. I should have known that things were going to be a little different with her when it took her three days to make her grand entrance into this world. Marianne and I went to the hospital on a Monday for the doctor to induce labor. We … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Standards

I have a transparent sign (Kinda like a Fathead Poster) on the wall in my office that says, “Win the lost.  Disciple the Found. Mend the Broken.” I have it there to remind me what my purpose is in life. I believe this short, succinct statement is the purpose of all Christians and all churches. My personal mission statement further defines my purpose. It … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Jeremy – Part 2

Jeremy was originally in our home for two years. At age ten, DFACS placed him back into his home - without correcting the problem. Quite naturally, this infuriated Marianne and me. Therefore, Jeremy was the only foster child we ever kept.  However, Jeremy’s story doesn’t end there. Read on … When Jeremy left, I told him to call me if he ever needed to … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Jeremy – Part 1

There was a time in mine and Marianne’s life that, because of all the blessings God had blessed us with, we decide we wanted to “give back.” So, we took the training and became Certified Foster Parents. It was around 1986 when I received a call from a DFACS caseworker stating that they had a little boy for us to foster. The caseworker told us that he had a … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Satan’s Deflections

I want to start this Pastor’s Column by stating that you won’t find anybody more prolife than me. I believe that life begins at the moment of conception and that all life, from conception to natural death, is precious. And I think the actions of the politicians in New York who decriminalized abortion at any time during pregnancy, up to the very moment … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Stephanie (Part Two)

After Stephanie’s miraculous birth, she lived a relatively uneventful life. She had a heart murmur that we had to keep check on, but nothing major. Stephanie accepted Jesus as her Savior at a very young age. And as long as I can remember, she has always had a love for music. From the time she was twelve until she was fifteen, Marianne and I would take her … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Stephanie (Part One)

Thirty-seven years ago, on a Wednesday morning, our baby daughter, Stephanie, made her grand entrance into this world. She was a scheduled repeat cesarean section for Marianne and the pregnancy was routine. So, we had no clue what we were about to encounter! I kissed Marianne goodbye as they wheeled her into the operating room. Then I assumed my place in … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Getting Started

When I announced my call to preach my pastor said to me, “So, you’re called to preach?”  I said, “Yes sir. I am.” He responded, “Well, then don’t you ever come into this church unless you’re prepared to preach. The Bible says to be instant in season and out, and I will give you the pulpit on a moment’s notice.” I thought he was kidding. However, one Sunday … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: God Called Me to Preach

After our wedding, Marianne and I attended the church where I met Jesus and we met each other. Before long I began to sense that God had something more for my life. As I would listen to the pastor preach, I would think things like, “I would have said that like this,” or “I would have used another scripture there.” As I began to sense that God was calling … [Read more...]