March 28, 2015

Pastoral Nuggets: Putting His Glory on Display


In our Christian experience we do everything within our power to follow God’s leading as closely as possible. In his book, The Red Sea Rules, which is the foundation for this column today, Robert J. Morgan quoted A.T. Pierson saying, “To go as I am led, to go when I am led, to go where I am led, is that which has been for twenty years the one prayer in my … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Lucy


Today, I want to start this Pastor’s Column with an excerpt from the book: “All I Ever Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” - by Robert Fulgham. “Most of what I really need to know about how to live, and what to do, and how to be, I learned in Kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate school mountain, but there in the sandbox at … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Politically Incorrect Ramblings (Less and Less About More and More)


I was having lunch the other day with Danny Watters, one of our Georgia Baptist Convention State Missionaries. Danny mentioned having breakfast with an old college professor of his. He said that as they were waxing eloquent about some political problem that neither of them understood, the professor leaned back and said, “Danny, the older I get and the more … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Second Chances


In his book, Second Chances, Max Lucado tells the following story of a Brazilian woman Maria and her daughter, Christina.  Maria’s husband died when Christina was an infant. The young mother, stubbornly refusing opportunities to remarry, got a job and set out to raise her young daughter. The small house, with a pallet on either side of the room, a … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Free Stars


More years ago now than I care to remember, we had a Labor Day Camp Meeting at the church I was pastoring in West Point, Georgia - Roper Heights Baptist Church. During the Saturday morning session, Rev. Michael Stiggers of Mount Pisgah Baptist Church in West Point, Georgia shared the following story about his then five-year-old son, who is now a grown young … [Read more...]

MOVIE REVIEW: Jupiter Ascending


It was a slow week at the box office. The only movies that came out in my area were both Sci-Fi films. Jupiter Ascending starring Mila Kunis, and Seventh Son starring Ben Barnes. Which way do you think I went with this one? I’m usually a sucker for Sci-Fi, not to mention I have not had the chance to see a 3-D film in quite some time, so I was excited. To … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Life


To say that life is fickle and can change in a moment would be a huge understatement. In fact, as I sit at my computer writing this Pastor’s Column, I have just learned that a life-long friend, her husband, daughter, granddaughter, and a friend of the family were murdered. It’s surreal. I don’t remember a time that I didn’t know this family. My siblings … [Read more...]

MOVIE REVIEW: The Grand Budapest Hotel


Sometimes you just need to get out. You’ve worked all week, you’re full of pent up energy and you just need to go do something. You don’t know what, but something. “I know, I’ll go check out a movie”. Millions of Americans flock to theaters across the country every weekend in search of a couple of hours to forget their troubles, and immerse themselves in … [Read more...]

Movie Review: “The Wedding Ringer”

Kevin Hart and Josh Gad definitely display chemistry in this “Cool black guy, lame white guy” adult comedy. (Photo:

You can tell a lot about a person at a movie theater. By what they watch, who they’re with, what kind of snacks they order. So what do you make of a guy who shows up alone, with a notebook, and orders a large popcorn and a diet coke? You might think “wow, that guy looks lonely”, or “what a weirdo”. And though you might be right on both counts, I’m there to … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: The ABC’s of Life


In 2004 a student named Tim Lee gave the Hampton University Commencement Speech. It was a rousing challenge to all those graduating students. And I believe it is a rousing challenge to us as we enter the New Year. As you read what Tim said, I believe that this may be one of those articles that you tear out of the paper and tuck away in your Bible, stick on … [Read more...]