January 17, 2021

Pastoral Nuggets: A New Perspective for 2021

It is Monday night, December 28th, 2020, as I sit at my computer writing this column. I have just completed the two hardest assignments of my life. As I mentioned in last week’s column, my 23-year-old granddaughter, Abbie McCollough, died very suddenly and unexpectedly on December 20th, 2020. Today, I conducted her memorial service. This is the second … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Our Precious Abbie

It was Super Bowl Sunday, January 27th, 1997. Marianne and I were anxiously awaiting the birth of our first grandchild, Abbie. We had been summonsed to the hospital, only to be told that the delivery would not be that night. So, we went on our merry way to the evening service at Roper Heights Baptist Church in West Point Georgia, where I was serving as … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Getting Back to the Basics

In Matthew 3:16-17, we find the account of the baptism of Jesus. He said, “And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: 17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well … [Read more...]

Mt. Zion Community Church hosting ham and turkey giveaway

(Franklin, GA) -- Mt. Zion Community church in Franklin will giving 100 hams and 100 turkeys for the holidays in memory of Mother Annie Kate Wilkerson and Sister Janice Wilkerson. The giveaway will be held at the church (9703 Ga. Hwy 34 - west of Franklin) on December 19 beginning at 11:00 AM while they last. There is a limit of one per vehicle. The … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Being Thankful for the Really Important People in Your Life

If I told you to name five people you are thankful for, who have both done and continue to do things that significantly impact and shape your life, most likely you would tell me about the people who have made a significant monetary, time, emotional, or Spiritual investment into your life. Most likely you would NOT mention the person who handed you your … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Dance ‘Till it Rains

In his book, “Mastering the Seven Decisions that Determine Success,” author Andy Andrews quotes Anne Frank, who said, “Our lives are fashioned by choice. First, we make choices. Then our choices make us.” He also tells a story about some Aboriginal Rainmakers in Australia. It seems as though every time communities got into trouble because of drought, they … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Criticism Without Compassion

The Pharisees derived 611 Old Testament Laws from the Talmud. When asked which of these was the greatest, Jesus promptly boiled all those laws down to just two. (Matthew 22:37-40KJV) “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.  And the … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Optional church attendance and Christianity

In my opinion, one of the greatest problems facing the church and America today is the fact that attendance has become optional. I was raised in Bill & Betty McCollough's home. This meant that church attendance was not optional. In fact, the only option associated with it was whupped or non-whupped. But let there be no mistake - you were going - like … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Kudzu and Christianity

(Franklin, GA) -- Here in the Deep South, we have a wonderful little vine called Kudzu. We have so much of it that you would think it is native to the South. In fact, kudzu now covers more than 7 million acres in the South. Kudzu was introduced to the United States in 1876 at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Japanese … [Read more...]

Rev. Thomas Hammond at Centralhatchee First Baptist Church

(Centralhatchee, GA) -- Centralhatchee First Baptist Church will have a very special guest speaker on Sunday, Sept. 27th at 11:00 AM when Rev. Thomas Hammond, who is the executive director of the Ga. Mission Board, joins us. Previously, Rev. Hammond served as the lead pastor of Alpharetta First Baptist Church from 2013-2018. For several years during his … [Read more...]