June 18, 2018

Pastoral Nuggets: Dealing With the Consequences of Sin

One of the hardest lessons in life to learn is that every action has a consequence. Trust me; I'm still a student regarding this one!  I haven't mastered it yet! I remember a story a pastor friend told me years ago. One of his teenage members was crying. He took the young girl into his office. There she informed him that she was pregnant. After counseling … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Salvation is Free – But it Ain’t Cheap!

It cost nothing to surrender your life to Jesus and become a Christian. Salvation is free. However, we should never make the mistake of equating “free” with “cheap.” Although it costs us nothing, it cost the Son of God His life. Free? Yes! Cheap? No way! You can apply the same way of thinking to ministry. Although salvation is free, ministry isn’t … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Nothing of Importance Happened Today – REALLY?

Periodically, I write a column I have titled, “An Encouraging Word to Teachers.” I e-mail it to the faculty and staff of the two schools with whom the Troup Baptist Association serves as a Partner in Education. Below, you will find the column I wrote and sent for the final day of this school year. While the target of the column is the teachers and staff … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: We’re Not Blind

There’s an old saying that says, “Reality is what it is perceived to be.” Recently, I was poignantly reminded of this fact. Being a preacher, I have done more than my fair share of funerals. And I don’t mind doing funerals; it’s the weddings I despise. Somebody once asked me why I felt that way. I told them that it was because when I was doing a funeral, I … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Our Insatiable Appetite for Alcohol

It was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” (I encourage you to stop, reread that statement, and meditate on it for a good long time before you continue reading this column.) What a truth Dr. King articulated! Like few other men in American history, Dr. King had an uncanny ability … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Salting Before You Taste

Years ago, Marianne and I went on vacation to Mexico Beach, Florida with my sister and brother in law. While there, we watched it rain every day except the day we left. But that’s another column for another day. Anyway, Freddy and I were engaged in some deep theological discussion when he told me a story regarding Henry Ford. It seems that whenever Henry … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Leaving a legacy

As a young child, I remember being in the church parking lot, setting in the car with my mother and siblings. We were waiting on my daddy to finish a conversation with someone so we could leave and go home. While we were waiting, a female member of the church walked by the car. After she passed out of hearing range, my mother, the saintliest woman I ever … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Generational Culture Change

You are undoubtedly familiar with the Biblical story of God delivering the Children of Israel from Egyptian bondage. What you may not be familiar with, is that at the moment God decided to set them free, the Children of Israel had been in Egyptian bondage for 430 years. And not only were they in physical bondage, they were enslaved mentally to a … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: The Cost of Success

Every great and worthwhile achievement has a price that the achiever must pay. And generally speaking, that price is not cheap. As Christians, we have been given a mandate. We are to go into all the world and make disciples of Jesus Christ. Acts 1:8 teaches us that our mandate begins at home, (Jerusalem) it extends to our state, (Judea) it extends to … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: What Can We Do?

I think it goes without saying that any reasonable person in America today is deeply troubled at the state of our nation. School shootings, gang related violence, alcohol and drug abuse, the decay of the traditional family unit, the lack of discipline, disrespect for authority and the rule of law, the lack of manners and morals, and the all-out war against … [Read more...]