July 29, 2016

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...]

Pastoral Nuggets: The Shade of a Donkey

One of my preacher friends sent me the following. It is from Adrian Rodgers: “A Greek named Demosthenes was once addressing a bored and listless audience, so he told them a story. ‘Once there was a man struggling with a great load. Along came another man with a donkey and said, ‘Rent my donkey, and he'll carry your load.’ He did. Later, as they tried to … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: A Tattooed Skydive Instructor

Several years ago I took my wife skydiving. It was on her bucket list. Not mine! Anyway, believe it or not, she jumped out of a perfectly good airplane at 14, 650 feet! A 25-year-old named Ryan was her skydive instructor and tandem parachutist I readily admit that when I first saw him I was taken aback a little – uh –okay - a lot! You see, Ryan had a stud … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: God Cannot Be Bribed

When my oldest son, who is now in his forties, was about six months old, he was diagnosed with tracheal bronchitis and pneumonia. The situation was grim. The doctor came to Marianne and me and told us he had done all he could do. It was up to God. Fortunately, God showed him favor and healed him. In the process of all of this, my mother, who was a God … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: The Process

In Matthew 4:19(KJV) Jesus said to His disciples, “… Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” In this scripture, it is undeniable that Jesus is giving the promise of a process that would turn ordinary fishermen into fishers of men. However, if we’re not careful, we’ll run right by the fact that it wasn’t a promise of instantaneous change. It was … [Read more...]