August 18, 2017

Pastoral Nuggets: It Happened On Our Watch

Reality is often a very sobering thing. As I have told you before in this column, each Monday I attend the Troup Baptist Association Monday Morning Pastors Prayer Fellowship. It’s a wonderful time of fellowship, prayer, and a short sermon. It is followed by lunch at a local restaurant for any pastor who wants to attend. At today’s lunch meeting the … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Moving Rocks

Last week, I had the honor of eating lunch with Dr. Tom Tucker, Pastor of First Baptist Church in West Point, Georgia. As we were leaving to go to lunch, Tom showed me the “Community Garden” that is located across the street from the main entrance of the church. The church sponsors the garden as an outreach ministry to the community. It is quite a large … [Read more...]

New W.O.W. program at Centralhatchee First Baptist Church

(Centralhatchee) -- We are excited to announce the start of our W.O.W. (Worship on Wednesday) program. Join us starting Aug. 16th at 5:30 for a great time at Centralhatchee First Baptist Church. Children will benefit by learning about Christ, interacting with others, learning to worship and to serve and by knowing they are loved and are valued. We invite … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: The Importance of Faithfulness

If I asked you to develop a litmus test to determine if somebody is faithful in any relationship or cause, what parameters would you include? Would your test include things like a solemn commitment to the stated cause and purpose by the person you are testing? How about regular attendance, enthusiastic participation, preparedness, tirelessly advocating for … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: When All Is Well

I attend a Monday Morning Pastor’s Prayer Fellowship. Last week the pastor of the day preached about how to find Jesus in the midst of the storms of our lives. He based his sermon on Jesus appearing to the disciples in the midst of the storm and walking to them on the water. He also spoke about Peter walking on the water to go to Jesus. He preached an … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: The Miss Piggy Syndrome

You remember Miss Piggy.  She was the loud, flamboyant, glamorous, excessive, vain girlfriend (or wife, I’m not exactly sure which) of Kermit the Frog on “The Muppets.” Miss Piggy had a no-holds-barred attitude and outlook on life. Her view of life was, “Eat what you want, exercise your prerogative, and find a good plastic surgeon that gives frequent-flyer … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Signage

If you go to my Facebook page, you will find two photographs of me. These two photographs present to the world the persona I want presented. I control the signage regarding my social media presence. The photo in the lower left corner inset shows my wife Marianne with her head on my shoulder. The photo in the background is a perfectly timed shot (Thank you … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Paradoxes

Somebody once asked me if I knew what a paradox was. I told them, “Sure! It’s when two doctors are standing side by side!” (Pair of Doc’s!)  (Boo!  Bad joke, bad joke!) The official definition of a paradox is: “A statement or proposition that, despite sound (or apparently sound) reasoning from acceptable premises, leads to a conclusion that seems senseless, … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: A Letter to School Teachers and Staff

Author's Note: I wrote the article below to the teachers and staff at Berta Weathersbee Elementary School in LaGrange, Georgia. The Troup Baptist Association has adopted Berta as our “at large” Educational Partnership School. Berta is at the bottom of the scale both academically and socioeconomically. They are struggling! While we do many things for the … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: The Leaven of Life

In 1 Corinthians 5:6(b) (KJV) Paul, speaking about cooking bread, asks the believers at Corinth, “Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?” Now, for those who may not know what leaven is, just think of it as yeast or self-rising flour. So, in essence, Paul is teaching them that as believers, just like leaven, sometimes small doses of the … [Read more...]