February 14, 2016

Pastoral Nuggets: Big Dogs

Former Chrysler chairman and CEO Lee Iacocca was speaking about managers when he said, “Sometimes even the best manager is like the little boy with the big dog, waiting to see where the dog wants to go… so he can take him there.” I perceive that in the world of Christianity, many of us are exactly as Mr. Iacocca said. The only difference is the names of our … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Life Change

“We preach and teach for life change.” I first heard my friend Randy Atkins make that statement. It encapsulates in a nutshell the totality of our Christian mission. Everything we do, whether it be keeping the nursery on Sunday, bringing a casserole dish to the pot luck supper, (Hello Baptists!) serving on volunteer auxiliary boards and committees within … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: The Law of Unintended Consequences

An article in the Library of Economics and Liberty, entitled, “Unintended Consequences,” states, “The law of unintended consequences, often cited but rarely defined, is that actions of people -and especially of government - always have effects that are unanticipated or unintended.” And Stone Gossard said, “Politics is tricky; it cuts both ways. Every time … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Buffet of Menu?

Just because we “can” do something, doesn’t mean we “should” do something. For example, if we go to a restaurant that offers a buffet, we can eat everything on the buffet.  However, common sense tells us we shouldn’t!  (Done gone to meddling now, haven’t I?) There are a lot of similarities between a restaurant that offers a buffet and our lives. People … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: The Church is Not a Daycare

You don’t need me to tell you that we are living in extraordinary times. Day by day, end time prophecies are coming to life right before our eyes. There is an ill-wind blowing in America and the world today. In the past few weeks alone we have witnessed terrorist’s attacks in Paris and in California. In addition to this, this ill-wind is manifesting itself … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Intention Versus Action

Florence Nightingale once said, “You ask me why I do not write something … I think one's feelings waste themselves in words, they ought all to be distilled into actions and into actions which bring results.” Aristotle said, “Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting a particular way...you become just by performing just actions, temperate by … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Water Pipe Moments

As I was thinking about Christmas and the cycle of life, my mind wandered back to the days of long ago that I spent growing up at 38 Borders Road in LaGrange, Georgia. God knows it was a simpler time way back then. We were the “poster family” for being poor. However, everybody else in the neighborhood was poor too, so we didn’t know the difference. But … [Read more...]

The Value Of A “Bad” Gift

Written by Mohisha Vasa, M.D. Who hasn’t received that gift…the vacuum cleaner, ugly sweater, or pack of batteries?  None of us has escaped the experience of receiving a gift that is unwanted.  We all know the disappointment, the let down, sometimes even anger towards the gift-giver! As the holidays approach, well-meaning friends and family members may … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Crops From the Seeds We’ve Sown

In Galatians 6:7(KJV) the Bible explicitly states, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” This truth is an irrevocable law that transcends the whole Bible and every action of mankind. In short, we don’t sow corn seeds and reap tomatoes. If we sow corn seeds – we reap corn. And that’s not just a Biblical … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Communicating

(Writer's Note: Each week, I send an e-mail to the pastors of the Troup Baptist Association entitled:  “An Encouraging Word for Pastors.”  I thought you might find some value in the one I sent last Friday entitled: Communicating.) “The difference between the right word and almost the right word is like the difference between a lightning bolt and a lightning … [Read more...]