May 30, 2016

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...]

Pastoral Nuggets: The Unbaptized Arm

I have often mentioned that Rev. Olin McClain is one of my personal heroes of the faith. When he speaks, I try to listen. Not long he shared an illustration about the 15th century leader of Russia, Ivan the Great. The story goes that Ivan the Great brought the warring tribes of Russia together to form a vast empire that we would know today as the old … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: My Righteous Indignation

As I write this Pastor’s Column, I do so with the realization that my “righteous indignation” may show through. If it does, so be it. Just pray for me. Righteous Indignation.  (Noun)  “… anger and contempt combined with a feeling that it is one's right to feel that way …” As I sit at my computer writing this Pastor’s Column, Governor Nathan … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Perspective

Not long ago Marianne and I were enjoying dinner at a nice restaurant. As we were eating I noticed a woman walk by with a little girl who looked to be about two years old walking behind her. She was a tiny little thing. I assume she was the lady’s daughter. Anyway, as they were walking by, her mother turned to go another direction. The little girl, who … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: A Fine Line

I read a post on Facebook the other day that made me laugh out loud.  It said, “There is a fine line between a long sermon and a hostage situation.” Being a preacher, and sometimes a long-winded one, I can relate! As I thought about that humorous little statement, I realized that it is applicable to most everything in life. Often there is a very fine line … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Teachable Moments

This week, my life has been filled with what I call: Teachable Moments. This week, I received the news that one of my pastors had a stroke while walking on his treadmill. He had blood clots in both carotid arteries and one had hit the speech center of his brain and he couldn’t talk. The situation looked bleak. However, today he is much improved, talking, … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Rescue the Perishing

I heard a story the other day about a father and his young son who were in an art gallery. They were looking at a painting of man in a boat who had reached down and taken hold of the hand of a man in the water. The young boy looked at his dad and asked, “Dad, is he trying to save him from drowning, or is he just shaking his hand?” Now, I don’t know if this … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Our Destiny

I read an article in the Christian Index this week that was written by the editor, Gerald Harris. While the whole article was good, one line in particular caught my attention. He said, “We are living in a moment that could determine our destiny.” Now, I realize that he was speaking about the election cycle we are in, terrorism, evil, the decline of the … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Excellence

In his book, “WIN The Key Principles to Take Your Business from Ordinary to Extraordinary,” Dr. Frank I Luntz makes a very simple yet profound statement. He says, “Good enough … isn’t!” (Stop and reread those last three words and meditate on them) And whether it is reflected in our churches, businesses, governments, schools, families, or our personal … [Read more...]