November 27, 2015

Pastoral Nuggets: God’s Precise Creation

Due to a moisture problem at my house, I am having the hardwood floors replaced. In the process of cleaning and preparing for this, I ran across an article that I want to share with you today. I make no claims of originality. And I do not know who wrote it, or I would give credit. The article deals with how precise God is in His creation. I hope it blesses … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Hope After Failure

A friend of mind told a story from his childhood about his mother placing some freshly baked cookies on a towel on the kitchen table to cool. He walked up to the table, and as only a child would do, reached up to grab a cookie with one hand while simultaneously covering his eyes with his other hand. His logic was that if he couldn’t see his momma – she … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Living the Abnormal Christian Life defines the word “abnormal” as, “Not normal, average, typical, or usual; deviating from a standard.” I was born into a normal family; the family of Bill & Betty McCullough. I lived a normal life, attended normal schools, and attended a normal Southern Baptist Church. In fact, you could truthfully say that everything in my life was … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Making The Right Decision – After the Decision

In my opinion, any Christian leader who refuses to take action, make a decision, or is incapable of leading in any given ministry situation, good or bad, is destined for mediocrity. Having to make decisions just comes with being a leader. And hey, we don’t always make the right decision the first time. However, in most cases, what usually matters most is … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Our Actions Matter

Our actions matter. Our choices matter. What we do matters. And what we don’t do matters as well. In his book: “Mastering the Seven Decisions That Determine Personal Success,” author Andy Andrews tells about one of the network news shows naming Norman Borlaug as its Person of the Week. Borlaug, had won a Nobel Prize for discovering how to hybridize corn … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Harmonic Resonance

Everything in life has what is called: Harmonic Resonance. In the simplest terms, this can best be explained as an internal frequency that, when it encounters an external force emitting the same frequency, causes the internal frequency to vibrate. Picture in your mind one of those lowrider gangsta cars equipped with one of them super-duper, bass thumping, … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Not My Penguin, A Leadership Principle

The other day I was in a meeting with the Troup Baptist Association Church Planting Pastors and Jimmy Baugchum. Jimmy is the Georgia Baptist Convention Church Planting Specialist for our area. He was facilitating the meeting. As we were discussing the pressures of church leadership and ministry, Jimmy told us about a leadership principle he had entitled: … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Red Roses in a Coca-Cola Vase

It was just a simple red Coca-Cola bottle vase that contained six red roses. And while it may not have appeared special to anybody else; it was a great treasure to me. Let me explain. A couple of weeks ago I mentioned in a sermon that we should give people roses while they are living - because it's too late after they die. Quite naturally, I was speaking … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: The Last Lecture

A couple of days ago I took a book off the shelf in my office that I had read several years earlier. It is entitled: “The Last Lecture.” It was written by Randy Pausch, a terminally ill professor, who was literally given the opportunity to give one final lecture to his college students before his death. He entitled his lecture: “Really Achieving Your … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: God’s Standard of Excellence

There were three hundred of them. Each was large enough for a man to stand behind without being seen. Each was covered with three pounds of solid gold. In today’s dollars their value would be approximately: $16,038,119.80! What were they? They were the ceremonial shields associated with the temple that God allowed King Solomon to build. According to OS … [Read more...]