March 4, 2015

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...]

Movie Review: “The Wedding Ringer”

Kevin Hart and Josh Gad definitely display chemistry in this “Cool black guy, lame white guy” adult comedy. (Photo: Collider.com)

You can tell a lot about a person at a movie theater. By what they watch, who they’re with, what kind of snacks they order. So what do you make of a guy who shows up alone, with a notebook, and orders a large popcorn and a diet coke? You might think “wow, that guy looks lonely”, or “what a weirdo”. And though you might be right on both counts, I’m there to … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: The ABC’s of Life

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In 2004 a student named Tim Lee gave the Hampton University Commencement Speech. It was a rousing challenge to all those graduating students. And I believe it is a rousing challenge to us as we enter the New Year. As you read what Tim said, I believe that this may be one of those articles that you tear out of the paper and tuck away in your Bible, stick on … [Read more...]

“TAKEN 3,” It Is What It Is

If you’re ready to see Liam Neeson beat up a bunch of generic bad guys, you’ve come to the right place. (Photo: projectcasting.com)

“Nobody likes a critic”. Truer words have never been spoken. But you know what else people don’t like? Blowing $20 on a crappy movie. So I’ve decided it’s my civic duty to weed through the weekly Hollywood offerings, and hopefully steer you away from the garbage and toward the gems. Now I understand that not everyone has the same opinions, and all genres … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: God Doesn’t Always Close His Accounts in October

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There once was a Christian newspaper editor who made it a point to use the format the newspaper afforded him to uplift Christianity and the good things associated with it. He once wrote an article telling his readers how much “richer” they would be if they followed the way of Jesus. A cotton farmer, who hated anything associated with Christianity, read the … [Read more...]