August 21, 2018

Pastoral Nuggets: Principals to Overcome Our Fortified Walls

It is Monday evening as I sit at my computer writing this Pastor’s Column. Yesterday I preached a sermon about the Children of Israel encountering the fortified walls at Jericho. In it I made several observations that I want to share with you today that I believe will help you overcome the fortified walls you will encounter on your Christian … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Second Opinions

We live in a world today where second opinions have become the accepted norm. And I am convinced that in the medical field and certain other arenas of life that getting a second opinion is a very good thing. However, I am concerned today at the number of Christians that always want a second opinion when God reveals His will for their personal lives. Mark … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Random Thoughts from a Wandering Mind

A long time ago I heard the story of a little boy sitting on a park bench. The lad was squirming, grimacing, and yelling, “Ow! Ow! Ouch!” An older gentleman observed the boy and asked, “Son, what are you doing?”  Through clenched teeth he replied, “Sitting on a bumblebee.” The older gentleman asked, “Then why don’t you get up?” The lad replied, “Cause I … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Discipline

“Percentage of Americans who own running shoes but don't run: 87%.”  Source: What Counts: The Complete Harper's Index, edited by Charis Conn. The above statistic validates the old saying that, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” Just like those who purchase running shoes with the intention of becoming healthier, only to store the shoes in the … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Existing Structural Problems

(Author's Note: I wrote the column you are reading today on January 21, 2000.  The truth it contains is just as relevant today, if not more so, than it was some eighteen years ago. – Brother Aaron) The other day I had the privilege of hearing Dr. Bailey Smith preach. During his sermon Dr. Smith told of an engineering firm that had been conducting … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Dealing With the Consequences of Sin

One of the hardest lessons in life to learn is that every action has a consequence. Trust me; I'm still a student regarding this one!  I haven't mastered it yet! I remember a story a pastor friend told me years ago. One of his teenage members was crying. He took the young girl into his office. There she informed him that she was pregnant. After counseling … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Salvation is Free – But it Ain’t Cheap!

It cost nothing to surrender your life to Jesus and become a Christian. Salvation is free. However, we should never make the mistake of equating “free” with “cheap.” Although it costs us nothing, it cost the Son of God His life. Free? Yes! Cheap? No way! You can apply the same way of thinking to ministry. Although salvation is free, ministry isn’t … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Nothing of Importance Happened Today – REALLY?

Periodically, I write a column I have titled, “An Encouraging Word to Teachers.” I e-mail it to the faculty and staff of the two schools with whom the Troup Baptist Association serves as a Partner in Education. Below, you will find the column I wrote and sent for the final day of this school year. While the target of the column is the teachers and staff … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: We’re Not Blind

There’s an old saying that says, “Reality is what it is perceived to be.” Recently, I was poignantly reminded of this fact. Being a preacher, I have done more than my fair share of funerals. And I don’t mind doing funerals; it’s the weddings I despise. Somebody once asked me why I felt that way. I told them that it was because when I was doing a funeral, I … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Our Insatiable Appetite for Alcohol

It was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” (I encourage you to stop, reread that statement, and meditate on it for a good long time before you continue reading this column.) What a truth Dr. King articulated! Like few other men in American history, Dr. King had an uncanny ability … [Read more...]