June 19, 2019

Pastoral Nuggets: You are a part of their story

The first part of this column is from an end of the school year article I wrote to the teachers and staff at Berta Weathersbee Elementary School in LaGrange, Georgia. (Berta is the Troup Baptist Association’s Partner in Education.) “‘Don’t let people who don’t know your story stop you from going after what you know God has promised.’ – Desperate Prayers for … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: In It for the Long Haul

2 Samuel 3:1(KJV) states, “Now there was long war between the house of Saul and the house of David: but David waxed stronger and stronger, and the house of Saul waxed weaker and weaker.” None of us like war, much less a long war. We want to address an issue, solve it immediately, and move on. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Change, if it comes … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Chance Encounters

I heard a story the other day about an entry level account manager who, years ago, took a job with a huge advertising and marketing firm. As I said, this was an entry level job. The advertising firm received a request from a small mom & pop store in Arkansas that was seeking to retain their advertising and marketing expertise. Seeing as the account … [Read more...]

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

(Writer's Note: Preaching, and writing these columns each week, means that I am constantly in acquisition mode regarding material that I can use. Sometimes, as with the column today, I just go back to the notes I’ve taken and let them speak. I make no claim of originality to anything you’re about to read.  These are just some things I heard on my way … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: The Pinnacle of Near Perfect Ignorance

When I am driving, I often listen to Fox News on my Sirius XM Radio. The other day one of the hosts was interviewing his guest. The subject was the alleged Russian interference in the 2018 election. The host mentioned something that somebody else had said about it and then asked his guest to respond. The guest responded by stating that the other person was … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Heather

Marianne and I have four children, two boys and two girls. Heather Renee is the second oldest child and the oldest girl. I should have known that things were going to be a little different with her when it took her three days to make her grand entrance into this world. Marianne and I went to the hospital on a Monday for the doctor to induce labor. We … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Standards

I have a transparent sign (Kinda like a Fathead Poster) on the wall in my office that says, “Win the lost.  Disciple the Found. Mend the Broken.” I have it there to remind me what my purpose is in life. I believe this short, succinct statement is the purpose of all Christians and all churches. My personal mission statement further defines my purpose. It … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Jeremy – Part 2

Jeremy was originally in our home for two years. At age ten, DFACS placed him back into his home - without correcting the problem. Quite naturally, this infuriated Marianne and me. Therefore, Jeremy was the only foster child we ever kept.  However, Jeremy’s story doesn’t end there. Read on … When Jeremy left, I told him to call me if he ever needed to … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Jeremy – Part 1

There was a time in mine and Marianne’s life that, because of all the blessings God had blessed us with, we decide we wanted to “give back.” So, we took the training and became Certified Foster Parents. It was around 1986 when I received a call from a DFACS caseworker stating that they had a little boy for us to foster. The caseworker told us that he had a … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Satan’s Deflections

I want to start this Pastor’s Column by stating that you won’t find anybody more prolife than me. I believe that life begins at the moment of conception and that all life, from conception to natural death, is precious. And I think the actions of the politicians in New York who decriminalized abortion at any time during pregnancy, up to the very moment … [Read more...]