October 5, 2015

Pastoral Nuggets: The Last Lecture

A couple of days ago I took a book off the shelf in my office that I had read several years earlier. It is entitled: “The Last Lecture.” It was written by Randy Pausch, a terminally ill professor, who was literally given the opportunity to give one final lecture to his college students before his death. He entitled his lecture: “Really Achieving Your … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: God’s Standard of Excellence

There were three hundred of them. Each was large enough for a man to stand behind without being seen. Each was covered with three pounds of solid gold. In today’s dollars their value would be approximately: $16,038,119.80! What were they? They were the ceremonial shields associated with the temple that God allowed King Solomon to build. According to OS … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Change

In his book, Transformational Groups, author Ed Stetzer says, “…Change never happens until the pain of ‘staying the same’ exceeds the pain of ‘change.’”  Wow! Reread that last statement and meditate upon it for a while! What a truth! I once asked a congregation, “Do y’all know why I’m fat – uh – ‘fluffy?’” (Fluffy is a much nicer word. FAT is a cold, hard, … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Giving Advil the Glory

As you have read these columns from week to week, you have often heard me mention a beloved pastor friend of mine, Pastor Olin McClain. I think Brother Olin is in his early nineties now. However, he is still in reasonably good health and still drives himself wherever he wants to go. He attends the Troup Baptist Association’s Monday Pastor’s Prayer … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Through the Filters of Our Own Prejudice

I heard a story about a banker who continually told folks, “Given the right set of circumstances, everybody will cheat and lie – everybody.” And I also heard about a pastor who was continually telling his male pastoral staff, “You’ve got to watch the women in the church. They’ll get you in trouble.” It was no surprise to learn that the banker was caught … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Legos

The moments, circumstances, situations, and even people we encounter and experience in life are much like a set of Legos. They come in all different sizes, shapes, and colors. And each has its own function. They also come in a box with a pretty picture on the front that depicts what they have the potential to become. However, they have to be willing to … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: The Show of Life

“Sometimes I feel like sunshine must - shining on everything else that it never was.” Laurie Beth Jones. It is “Human” Nature for us to want our accomplishments to be in the spotlight of the show of life. It is “Christian” Nature for us to place the accomplishments of others in the spotlight of life. One comes naturally. The other requires great Spiritual … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Sing!

In her book: A Cup of Sun: A Book of Poems, Joan Walsh Anglund said, “A bird doesn't sing because he has an answer - he sings because he has a song.” What a truth! And what an important reminder for us! There’s an ill-wind blowing in America today like I have never witnessed. People just seem to be mad with each other about anything and everything. Those … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Gay Marriage

There is nobody more opposed to "Gay Marriage" than me.  I believe it tears at the very core of the Biblical and moral fabric upon which my Conservative Christian values and beliefs are based. I further believe that it tears apart the Biblical and moral values and beliefs our great nation was founded upon. I have fought it on every front I could. I have … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Me

The greatest detriment to my personal testimony - is me. The person who stands in the greatest need of forgiveness, both from you, others, and God - is me. The person I know who fails God more than anybody else - is me. And the most undeserving person of God’s salvation, grace, mercy, and anointing upon their life - is me. In fact, I believe that had I … [Read more...]