April 8, 2020

Pastoral Nuggets: The Pressure is On – Rise to the Occasion

I'm not smart enough to know what the Coronavirus is. However, I am smart enough to know what it is not. It is not male or female, rich or poor, tall or short, fat or skinny, black or white, gay or straight, American or another nationality, Jewish, Muslim, Christian, or atheist, or Republican or Democratic. Neither is it a respecter of … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Speaking Death or Life into a Situation

Facts are exactly that, facts. So, please don't interpret what I say in this column as me encouraging you to ignore the facts and instructions regarding the Coronavirus Pandemic; I'm not. However, sometimes the way we process a fact makes all the difference in the world. Proverbs 18: 21 says, "Death and life are in the power of the tongue ..." This means … [Read more...]

BRAKING MUSE: Newly identified virus causing a ‘Big Stir’

(Heard County, GA) -- Local wellness professionals and government officials are concerned that a gross misunderstanding of a new ordinance by some residents may have led to a weekend outbreak of a new virus in western Heard County. While the new virus appears to be a sexually transmitted disease that only affects middle-aged married men, officials say they … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Following the Instructions

Believe it or not, I am very mechanically inclined. 99% of the time, if given enough time, I can figure out how things work and repair them when necessary. But note, I said, “99% of the time!” There was this one time that comes to mind … The drain was leaking on the kitchen sink. So, this necessitated the services of that little-known superhero, “Mr. Fix … [Read more...]

A Sunday morning message from Pastor Neil Awbrey

Good Sunday morning, For the first time in my pastoral ministry, we at Glenloch Baptist Church are cancelling our services today due to a health threat to our nation and community. These seem like strange and unusual circumstances and uncertain times to us. COVID-19 is a serious event, and we are uncertain exactly how many lives are going to be ultimately … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Why I Do What I Do

A week or so ago, I received a call from a friend who is a member of one of my churches. My friend asked, “Will you do me a favor?” I replied, “If I possibly can.” He continued, “I want you to go and visit my brother and witness to him about accepting Jesus as his personal Lord and Savior.” He continued, “The reason I’m asking you to do this, is because … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Everybody in Mayberry was a Sinner

A week or so ago, I had lunch with one of my pastors. While we were eating and conversing, our conversation turned to the great decline and decay of morals in America today. I made the statement that, while America has always had people on the extreme fringes regarding moral issues, there used to be a vast middle who adhered to acceptable moral … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Getting Close

Years ago, Marianne and I attended the final game of the Upward Basketball season sponsored by First Baptist Church in LaGrange. Our then 7-year-old granddaughter, Kaitlyn Walker, was a cheerleader for one of the teams. Quite naturally, she was the best one on the cheerleading squad! As the buzzer sounded ending the final game, Ed Batchelor, a member of … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Recovering the Essence of Who We Are (Part 2)

Last week I wrote about the conversation happening in our area today as a result of the decision made by the United Methodist Conference to close many of its smaller churches. In this column, I want to write about the importance of remembering our purpose. I heard the story about a gentleman who, years ago, was walking down the street in New York City. As … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Recovering the Essence of Who We Are (Part 1)

It is no secret that the United Methodist Church/Conference recently made the decision to close many of its smaller churches. And it’s also no secret that this decision has caused much consternation among its rank and file members – many who are my friends. To say that these members have a strong emotional attachment to the buildings and properties … [Read more...]