July 2, 2020

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...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Finishing Well

Today’s column is the final column in a series of three I have written regarding how as Christians we can be successful in 2020. The first was entitled: He Fights. The second was entitled: He Forgives. I hope you will be blessed by today’s column, entitled: “Finishing Well.” I suppose there comes a time in everybody’s life when we realize we are not … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: He Forgives

January 6-8, 2020 at 7:00 PM nightly, I will be preaching revival services at Hogansville First Baptist Church. I mention this, not just to invite you to be with us, (and I do hope you will come; I would love to meet you!) but to tell you that unless the Lord changes my mind, the column I wrote last week, along with this column and the one I plan to write … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: He Fights

During the Civil War, one of the biggest problems President Lincoln faced, was finding a Commanding General who would actually fight. Along with his support, Lincoln gave his Generals both the men and materials they needed to be successful. These Commanding Generals spent much time training their troops and strategizing about war. However, to borrow a … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: The Start of the End of the Beginning

This Sunday, many will attend church Christmas plays, where children forget their lines, listen as choirs sing off key, and watch as pastors struggle to be relevant while telling the story his congregants know as well as he – the Christmas story. And all of this will be centered around the image of a Baby in a manger in Bethlehem – as well it should … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: The Boo-boos of Life

Recently, I was involved in a minor fender-bender type of an automobile accident. It hurt my feelings more than anything else. I babied that car. Now it’s got a “boo-boo” and is in the shop being repaired. But before long, it will be “de-boo-booed,” (I made up that word!) and once again, all will be right in my world. As I thought about this little … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: What Changed?

It what now seems another lifetime; I attended Troup High School in LaGrange, Georgia. I was a member of the last class that went straight from grammar school to high school. I can remember walking the halls and seeing groups of upperclassmen gathered around somebody’s locker admiring a rifle or shotgun one of them had brought to school. I can remember … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Things I Heard Along the Way

Every once in a while, I devote a column to sharing things that I heard somebody else say along the way. Today is one of those columns. In my opinion, one of the greatest tools of all time is the notes feature on my iPhone. You see, ordinary people constantly say profound stuff. So, I have learned that whenever one of these nuggets, or pearls of wisdom, … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Growing Into Your Destiny

On several occasions, I have mentioned to you readers that I was raised poor. And if the truth be known, I am glad I was. Why? Was it because I enjoyed not having things, or being forced to learn to “make do” with secondhand things, or even having to wear hand-me-down clothes? Of course not! I’m glad because being raised poor shaped me into the person I … [Read more...]