September 22, 2014

Pastoral Nuggets: Going on Alone

Brother Aaron

“And he saw him no more.”… 2nd Kings 2: 12 (KJV) In the passage of scripture above we see a very exciting, challenging, yet sad time for Elisha.  For quite some time Elisha had been in training to take Elijah’s place.  Now, Elijah is carried away in the Chariot of God, and the Bible records that Elisha, “… saw him no more.”  The time had come for Elisha to … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Conviction Versus Preference

Brother Aaron

In 1972 the Supreme Court of the United States made a landmark ruling in the case: Wisconsin vs. Yoder. In this case, an Amish man named Yoder challenged Wisconsin’s law requiring children to attend Public School until the age of sixteen. He challenged it on the grounds that it violated his religious convictions. While he had no qualms allowing his children … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: It’s Not Okay

Brother Aaron

Three words:  “It’s not okay.”  On the surface these don’t seem like very powerful words, do they?  But are they powerful words?  Yes!  When spoken and meant they are extremely powerful words.  But note what I said, “‘When spoken’ – ‘and meant’ they are extremely powerful words.” I submit to you today that somehow America seems to have lost her moral voice … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Which Team Are You On?

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In his book “Autopsy of a Deceased Church – Twelve Ways to Keep Yours Alive,” author Thom Rainer tells the following story regarding the 1980 United States Olympic hockey team:  “The United States hockey team was not supposed to have a chance in 1980. The Soviet Union seemed invincible and unbeatable. Their team included elite professionals who had played … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: The Price of Freedom (Part 3) The Next Generation

Brother Aaron

“Whoever wants the next generation in America the most - will get them” is a quote from my friend, Dr. Harris Malcom. (Harris played Kirk Cameron’s dad in the movie Fireproof.) When I heard Harris say this, it reverberated deep in my soul. It forced me to consider the possibility/truth that as Christians we have lost several generations and are losing the … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: The Price of Freedom (Part 2)

Brother Aaron

Last week I started writing a series of columns on the subject: The Price of Freedom. In it I said, “The price of freedom in America is a debt that is never really paid in full. It is not a once and done deal. It has installments that each succeeding generation must decide whether or not to pay.” I am afraid that my generation and the succeeding … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: The Price of Freedom

Brother Aaron

It is the Fourth of July week as I write this column. Soon our beloved country will be in full celebration mode of Independence Day. Two hundred and thirty-eight years ago, a brave group of our Founding Fathers signed their names to a document, called The Declaration of Independence, that would change the course of human history. This document was the … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Throw Away the Cookie-Cutter

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There’s an old joke about a duck that waddled into a convenience store, jumped on the counter and asked the clerk if they had any grapes. The clerk told him no.  The duck hopped down and went about his way. The next day the scenario repeated itself.  The third day the duck again waddles into the store and asks the clerk if he has any grapes. The clerk, who … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: My Heroes

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Sometimes God sends me the thoughts for these pastor’s columns in the strangest ways. He literally sends me a sign – as is the case with this column today. I was on the way to my office when I pulled up behind a truck stopped at a traffic signal. There was a sign posted on the back window that said, “My hero doesn’t wear a cape. He wears a dog tag - and he … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Forty Years

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(Writers Note:  It is June 8, 2014 as I sit at my computer writing this column.  Today Marianne and I are celebrating our fortieth anniversary.) She was only fifteen years old when I met her. She had been sixteen for two weeks and I had been nineteen for two months when we married. Folks said it would never work. However, after four children, seven … [Read more...]