June 20, 2019

Pastoral Nuggets: Stephanie (Part Two)

After Stephanie’s miraculous birth, she lived a relatively uneventful life. She had a heart murmur that we had to keep check on, but nothing major. Stephanie accepted Jesus as her Savior at a very young age. And as long as I can remember, she has always had a love for music. From the time she was twelve until she was fifteen, Marianne and I would take her … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Stephanie (Part One)

Thirty-seven years ago, on a Wednesday morning, our baby daughter, Stephanie, made her grand entrance into this world. She was a scheduled repeat cesarean section for Marianne and the pregnancy was routine. So, we had no clue what we were about to encounter! I kissed Marianne goodbye as they wheeled her into the operating room. Then I assumed my place in … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Getting Started

When I announced my call to preach my pastor said to me, “So, you’re called to preach?”  I said, “Yes sir. I am.” He responded, “Well, then don’t you ever come into this church unless you’re prepared to preach. The Bible says to be instant in season and out, and I will give you the pulpit on a moment’s notice.” I thought he was kidding. However, one Sunday … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: God Called Me to Preach

After our wedding, Marianne and I attended the church where I met Jesus and we met each other. Before long I began to sense that God had something more for my life. As I would listen to the pastor preach, I would think things like, “I would have said that like this,” or “I would have used another scripture there.” As I began to sense that God was calling … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: The Stories of My Life 3 — Meeting Jesus

As I stated in an earlier column, “God tends to work in my life through cataclysmic, over the top means and blessings. He leaves very little room for me to misunderstand what He is doing!” The same is true regarding my salvation experience. For the first sixteen years of my life I was raised in a traditional, quiet, Southern Baptist Church. Everything was … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: The Stories of My Life — Water Pipe Moments

As I was thinking about Christmas and the cycle of life, my mind wandered back to the days of long ago that I spent growing up at 38 Borders Road in LaGrange, Georgia. God knows it was a simpler time way back then. We were the “poster family” for being poor. However, everybody else in the neighborhood was poor too, so we didn’t know the difference. But … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Dancing in Your Hurricane

A portion of the lyrics to the song, “The Eye,” by Brandi Carlisle, state, “You can dance in a hurricane, but only if you’re standing in the eye.” That lyric is a poignant reminder that even in the fiercest of storms, there is usually an eye – a respite, if you will. Regrettably, I fear that we expend exorbitant amounts of time, energy, and resources … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Getting Off the Wrong Bus

(Writer’s note: This column was originally written to a group of pastors I mentor regarding leadership. Hopefully, it will help somebody today. And Happy Thanksgiving! – Bro. Aaron) Have you ever been traveling somewhere and suddenly discovered that you were on the wrong bus, the wrong plane, the wrong train, or even the wrong road - traveling in the … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Courage and Cowardice

“Courage and cowardice – both are contagious!” That’s a powerful statement, isn’t it? I don’t have a clue who said it. I found it written in some notes that I have in my iPhone. I’m bad about doing that. As I’m out and about and hear something that catches my ear I’ll whip out my iPhone and make a note. The only problem with that is, thinking I will … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: The Show of Life

“Sometimes I feel like sunshine must…shining on everything else that it never was.” ~ Laurie Beth Jones. It is Human Nature for us to want our accomplishments to be in the spotlight of the show of life. It is Christian Nature for us to place the accomplishments of others in the spotlight of life. One comes naturally. The other requires great Spiritual … [Read more...]