August 22, 2014

Pastoral Nuggets: Which Team Are You On?

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In his book “Autopsy of a Deceased Church – Twelve Ways to Keep Yours Alive,” author Thom Rainer tells the following story regarding the 1980 United States Olympic hockey team:  “The United States hockey team was not supposed to have a chance in 1980. The Soviet Union seemed invincible and unbeatable. Their team included elite professionals who had played … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: The Price of Freedom (Part 3) The Next Generation

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“Whoever wants the next generation in America the most - will get them” is a quote from my friend, Dr. Harris Malcom. (Harris played Kirk Cameron’s dad in the movie Fireproof.) When I heard Harris say this, it reverberated deep in my soul. It forced me to consider the possibility/truth that as Christians we have lost several generations and are losing the … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: The Price of Freedom (Part 2)

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Last week I started writing a series of columns on the subject: The Price of Freedom. In it I said, “The price of freedom in America is a debt that is never really paid in full. It is not a once and done deal. It has installments that each succeeding generation must decide whether or not to pay.” I am afraid that my generation and the succeeding … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: The Price of Freedom

Brother Aaron

It is the Fourth of July week as I write this column. Soon our beloved country will be in full celebration mode of Independence Day. Two hundred and thirty-eight years ago, a brave group of our Founding Fathers signed their names to a document, called The Declaration of Independence, that would change the course of human history. This document was the … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Throw Away the Cookie-Cutter

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There’s an old joke about a duck that waddled into a convenience store, jumped on the counter and asked the clerk if they had any grapes. The clerk told him no.  The duck hopped down and went about his way. The next day the scenario repeated itself.  The third day the duck again waddles into the store and asks the clerk if he has any grapes. The clerk, who … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: My Heroes

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Sometimes God sends me the thoughts for these pastor’s columns in the strangest ways. He literally sends me a sign – as is the case with this column today. I was on the way to my office when I pulled up behind a truck stopped at a traffic signal. There was a sign posted on the back window that said, “My hero doesn’t wear a cape. He wears a dog tag - and he … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Forty Years

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(Writers Note:  It is June 8, 2014 as I sit at my computer writing this column.  Today Marianne and I are celebrating our fortieth anniversary.) She was only fifteen years old when I met her. She had been sixteen for two weeks and I had been nineteen for two months when we married. Folks said it would never work. However, after four children, seven … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Chasing Sardines

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Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes. Song of Solomon 2:15 In this passage of scripture from the Song of Solomon, Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, gives us a poignant reminder that it is usually not the big things in life that cause us problems rather, the little things - the little foxes. … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: The Reset Button

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As I sit at my computer writing this column, Charter Internet is down at my office.  While speaking with the customer service representative he told me, “I need for you to unplug the coax cable from the modem and then press the reset button.”  He then told me, “If this doesn’t correct the problem you will need to contact your IT person and have him correct … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Giving Our Best

Brother Aaron

The measure of success for an organization or individual, religious or non-religious, is not how many people we are serving, rather, whether we are serving the very best we have to offer to those who are there. I remember a story I heard years ago about a lady who was teaching a discipleship class in a large inner-city church.  The class was for unmarried, … [Read more...]