August 25, 2016

Pastoral Nuggets: The Consistency of God

As I sit at my computer writing this Pastor’s Column, I have just returned from a revival service where a young pastor, not even half my age, preached. He preached a fine sermon. It was theologically correct, challenging, relevant, and well presented. But none of that is what blessed me so about this young Man of God. What impressed me was his age and … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: The Keeper of the Oil

In 1924 Kittie L. Suffield took pen to hand and wrote the song: Little is Much When God Is In It. During the course of my ministry, I have often found great comfort in the lyrics of the third verse and chorus: “Does the place you’re called to labor, Seem so small and little known? It is great if God is in it, And He’ll not forget His own. Chorus: Little is … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Exhausted But Still in Pursuit

In the Book of Judges we find the story of Gideon. Most likely you are familiar with this story. God called Gideon, a farmer, to organize and lead the Children of Israel into battle against their tormentors, the Midianites. However, the problem was that Gideon considered himself to be the most unlikely and unqualified leader God ever called. Gideon balked … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: It’s a Law

Sir Isaac Newton’s Third Law of Motion states, “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” That’s not debatable. It is a law. It was a law before Newton articulated it and it will be a law long after you and I are dead and gone. It doesn’t change. One of the things that have made America great is, that from her inception, the laws of God, … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: The Selfie

In my opinion, one of the most tangible expressions of our society going bad is: The Selfie! While there is nothing inherently wrong with the selfie itself, it is the thought process of the people taking them (me included) and the morphing of our cultural values it has caused, that make them dangerous. In a word, the selfie is the Poster Child for a … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Failure – When Rock Bottom Becomes a Solid Foundation

There is within each of us, regardless of who we are or our station in life, the propensity to fail. At any given moment in time - failure is only one step away. Our propensity for failure crosses all personal, social, moral, governmental, business, educational, and religious boundaries. And there is not a person reading this article today who hasn’t … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: The Fear of Change

Speaking about the Demoniac of the Gadarenes, Dr. Joel Hunter said, “We fear change more than crazy. It was easier for Jesus to heal the sick man than to deal with those who had built a life around the sick man!”  Wow! They had compartmentalized his craziness. His craziness was their normal. They knew what to expect. But when Jesus healed him and cast all … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Moving Forward

Note from the author: This particular Pastor’s Column represents a personal milestone for me. This is the 200th column I have written since I started back writing them. I used to write them in the 1980’s but I took a hiatus and have only been writing them again for about four years. It is hard for me to believe that 200 times now I have sat down at my … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Random Thoughts on Looms and Weave Sheds

It what now seems like another lifetime; I worked in the weave shed at a cotton mill in Langdale Alabama. There were approximately two hundred or so of the old-fashioned shuttle type looms in that weave shed. (Picanol looms for all you readers who ever worked in a weave shed.) And, oh my! They were some more loud! The first time I walked into that weave … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: The Victim Card

There are some posters on the wall in the fellowship hall area of the Troup Baptist Association Missions and Ministry Center. (My office) I assume they were placed there by Sherri Brown, who leads Circles of Troup, a poverty elimination program that meets there one night a week. One poster is entitled: “The Totally Responsible Person.” It reads, … [Read more...]