April 28, 2015

Pastoral Nuggets: One Degree of Separation

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Today, the thesis or subject of this Pastoral Nugget is:  The difference between hot water and boiling water.   Science teaches us that at sea level to 1000 feet above sea level, the exact temperature at which water boils is 212 degrees Fahrenheit. At 212 degrees Fahrenheit the physical properties of water change and the boiling process begins. Therefore, … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Deadbeat Christians and Churches

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This past weekend I attended a meeting where I met one of the nicest young men I have met in a long time. Maurice and I come from different generations and different cultures. Yet, it didn’t take us long to discover we had a common point of interest. We both love Jesus. As Maurice and I talked, somehow the conversation turned to churches and the benevolent … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Putting His Glory on Display

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In our Christian experience we do everything within our power to follow God’s leading as closely as possible. In his book, The Red Sea Rules, which is the foundation for this column today, Robert J. Morgan quoted A.T. Pierson saying, “To go as I am led, to go when I am led, to go where I am led, is that which has been for twenty years the one prayer in my … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Lucy

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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: Politically Incorrect Ramblings (Less and Less About More and More)

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I was having lunch the other day with Danny Watters, one of our Georgia Baptist Convention State Missionaries. Danny mentioned having breakfast with an old college professor of his. He said that as they were waxing eloquent about some political problem that neither of them understood, the professor leaned back and said, “Danny, the older I get and the more … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Second Chances

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In his book, Second Chances, Max Lucado tells the following story of a Brazilian woman Maria and her daughter, Christina.  Maria’s husband died when Christina was an infant. The young mother, stubbornly refusing opportunities to remarry, got a job and set out to raise her young daughter. The small house, with a pallet on either side of the room, a … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Free Stars

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More years ago now than I care to remember, we had a Labor Day Camp Meeting at the church I was pastoring in West Point, Georgia - Roper Heights Baptist Church. During the Saturday morning session, Rev. Michael Stiggers of Mount Pisgah Baptist Church in West Point, Georgia shared the following story about his then five-year-old son, who is now a grown young … [Read more...]

MOVIE REVIEW: Jupiter Ascending

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It was a slow week at the box office. The only movies that came out in my area were both Sci-Fi films. Jupiter Ascending starring Mila Kunis, and Seventh Son starring Ben Barnes. Which way do you think I went with this one? I’m usually a sucker for Sci-Fi, not to mention I have not had the chance to see a 3-D film in quite some time, so I was excited. To … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Life

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To say that life is fickle and can change in a moment would be a huge understatement. In fact, as I sit at my computer writing this Pastor’s Column, I have just learned that a life-long friend, her husband, daughter, granddaughter, and a friend of the family were murdered. It’s surreal. I don’t remember a time that I didn’t know this family. My siblings … [Read more...]

MOVIE REVIEW: The Grand Budapest Hotel

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Sometimes you just need to get out. You’ve worked all week, you’re full of pent up energy and you just need to go do something. You don’t know what, but something. “I know, I’ll go check out a movie”. Millions of Americans flock to theaters across the country every weekend in search of a couple of hours to forget their troubles, and immerse themselves in … [Read more...]