September 25, 2020

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: Kudzu and Christianity

(Franklin, GA) -- Here in the Deep South, we have a wonderful little vine called Kudzu. We have so much of it that you would think it is native to the South. In fact, kudzu now covers more than 7 million acres in the South. Kudzu was introduced to the United States in 1876 at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Japanese … [Read more...]

Rev. Thomas Hammond at Centralhatchee First Baptist Church

(Centralhatchee, GA) -- Centralhatchee First Baptist Church will have a very special guest speaker on Sunday, Sept. 27th at 11:00 AM when Rev. Thomas Hammond, who is the executive director of the Ga. Mission Board, joins us. Previously, Rev. Hammond served as the lead pastor of Alpharetta First Baptist Church from 2013-2018. For several years during his … [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...]

Methodist Church moving worship services to Flat Rock Campground

(Franklin, GA) -- Starting this Sunday, August 23, and every Sunday in August, September and October, Franklin United Methodist Church will have worship services at 9:00 AM at the Flat Rock Campground. Pastor Brett Mathews will lead us. These open-air services at Flat Rock will enable us to socially distance while staying faithful to our mission of … [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...]

144th Annual Flat Rock Camp Meeting

(Franklin, GA) -- We are happy to announce that we are still having camp meeting at Flat Rock Campground next month. So mark your calendar for August 12-16, 2020! Come join us as we celebrate 144 years of worship. This year we will practice social distancing. We will have drive-in services, with a transmitter radio available to hear the services from the … [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...]