October 22, 2020

Pastoral Nuggets: Dance ‘Till it Rains

In his book, “Mastering the Seven Decisions that Determine Success,” author Andy Andrews quotes Anne Frank, who said, “Our lives are fashioned by choice. First, we make choices. Then our choices make us.” He also tells a story about some Aboriginal Rainmakers in Australia. It seems as though every time communities got into trouble because of drought, they … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Criticism Without Compassion

The Pharisees derived 611 Old Testament Laws from the Talmud. When asked which of these was the greatest, Jesus promptly boiled all those laws down to just two. (Matthew 22:37-40KJV) “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.  And the … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Optional church attendance and Christianity

In my opinion, one of the greatest problems facing the church and America today is the fact that attendance has become optional. I was raised in Bill & Betty McCollough's home. This meant that church attendance was not optional. In fact, the only option associated with it was whupped or non-whupped. But let there be no mistake - you were going - like … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Three Encouragements

In his book, “First Things First,” Stephen Covey says, “Basing our happiness on our ability to control everything - is futile.” Without question, 2020 has been a poignant reminder of this truth! And I am certain that one of the most frustrating things regarding 2020, is our inability to control the events that affect our lives. We feel totally out of … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Racism

Somewhere along my life journey, I came across the article below. It was written about the famous African American Pastor/Evangelist of yesteryear, Dr. E.V. Hill. If I knew who wrote it, I would give credit. Unfortunately, I do not. “Pastor E.V. Hill used to tell of a time he received a death threat from the Black Panthers because they didn't like his … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: “… Chances Are – It’s a Duck!”

A long time ago, my daddy gave me some of the best “life advice” I have ever received. He said, “Son, sometimes in life you are going to encounter situations, circumstances, and people that you just cannot understand. When you do, remember what I am about to tell you: “If something looks like a duck, swims like a duck, waddles like a duck, and quacks like … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Lucy

Today, I want to start this Pastor’s Column with an excerpt from the book: “All I Ever Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” - by Robert Fulgham. “Most of what I really need to know about how to live, and what to do, and how to be, I learned in Kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate school mountain, but there in the sandbox at … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: For What Have You Sold Your Soul?

“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” Mark 8:36-37 (KJV) I was seated in a hospital room today visiting the mother of one of my church members when her boss entered to visit with her. He is the principal of one of our local high schools and she is the … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Well, It Is Better Than It Was

In his book, “Real Evangelism,” the author, the late Dr. Bailey Smith, states, “In a small town where I once was pastor, there was a man who had a strange reply to people who complained how he might have repaired something at his fix-it shop. His oft heard response was, ‘Well, it’s better than it was.’” The only problem is, merely making something better … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Focusing on the Wrong Thing

In the Olympics, there is a shooting sport that I really enjoy watching. It is the 50-meter three-position air-rifle shooting event. By the title, you can ascertain that the shooters have to shoot their targets from three different positions at a range of 50-meters. Those shooters are so good that it is not good enough to simply score a 10; (or a … [Read more...]