June 25, 2016

Pastoral Nuggets: Random Thoughts on Looms and Weave Sheds

It what now seems like another lifetime; I worked in the weave shed at a cotton mill in Langdale Alabama. There were approximately two hundred or so of the old-fashioned shuttle type looms in that weave shed. (Picanol looms for all you readers who ever worked in a weave shed.) And, oh my! They were some more loud! The first time I walked into that weave … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: The Victim Card

There are some posters on the wall in the fellowship hall area of the Troup Baptist Association Missions and Ministry Center. (My office) I assume they were placed there by Sherri Brown, who leads Circles of Troup, a poverty elimination program that meets there one night a week. One poster is entitled: “The Totally Responsible Person.” It reads, … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: The Shade of a Donkey

One of my preacher friends sent me the following. It is from Adrian Rodgers: “A Greek named Demosthenes was once addressing a bored and listless audience, so he told them a story. ‘Once there was a man struggling with a great load. Along came another man with a donkey and said, ‘Rent my donkey, and he'll carry your load.’ He did. Later, as they tried to … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: A Tattooed Skydive Instructor

Several years ago I took my wife skydiving. It was on her bucket list. Not mine! Anyway, believe it or not, she jumped out of a perfectly good airplane at 14, 650 feet! A 25-year-old named Ryan was her skydive instructor and tandem parachutist I readily admit that when I first saw him I was taken aback a little – uh –okay - a lot! You see, Ryan had a stud … [Read more...]

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 …” Dictionary.com 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...]