January 23, 2022

Pastoral Nuggets: Philosophical Ponderings by Brother Aaron

In my older age, I find myself becoming somewhat more philosophical about life. In a more logical, calmer, deeper thinking sort of way, I am coming to the realization that life, as we know it, is just not that complicated. Is it confusing? Yes! Is it frustrating? Yes! Is it always fair? No! And even though it is not complicated - often, we are the ones … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: 5 Life-lessons we can learn from Humpty Dumpty

“Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall. Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the king's horses and all the king's men, couldn't put Humpty together again.” This is the common text from the 1954 version of this nursery rhyme. And according to Wikipedia, is the best-known version in the English language. There are some tremendous truths, or life-lessons, we can learn … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Horton Hatches the Egg — An Easter Story

As you read the title of this week’s column, “Horton Hatches the Egg – an Easter Story”, I’m sure you probably thought something like, “Huh?  Has he lost his mind?” Well, to answer your question, no I haven’t lost my mind. In Theodor Geisel’s (Dr. Seuss) book, “Horton Hatches the Egg,” we find many similarities and character traits between Horton the … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: When You Become the Pastor

The names are not important. But she called me this afternoon to give me an update on her husband of 43 years, who is under home hospice care. She told me that he was not doing well and that the hospice nurse had told her that it appeared to her that he had started to make his transition. Now she assured her that she was not God, but it appeared that he … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Things I Heard Somebody Else Say While on My Way Somewhere Else

As most of you know, I am a High-Tech Redneck Preacher. I carry my iPhone with me most everywhere I go. And when I hear somebody say something profound, I whup that thing out, open the notes feature, and quickly write down whatever it was I heard them say that I liked. I have to do it quickly, because if I do not, I will forget it! Then, when I am seeking … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Buddies

My oldest son, who is now 45-years-old, was somewhere around 10-years-old when my wife taught him a tremendous life lesson. He needed some new tennis shoes. So, my wife loaded him and his sisters into the car and made her way to K-mart in LaGrange. On the way there she told him not to expect Nike’s or some expensive name brand shoe. She explained to him … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Have You Checked Your Balance Lately?

About two weeks ago, I attended the Homegoing Service for my friend and mentor, Rev. Bobby “The Parson” Robinson. And what a beautiful service it was! Today, his widow, Miss Margie, joined him in heaven, where they were reunited with their daughter Kim, who died a month or so ago. I am so thankful that God allowed my lifepath to intersect with theirs. I … [Read more...]

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...]