Yearly Archive
for: ‘2015’



How Hopeful Are You?

We all know how easy it is to get discouraged. We look at our circumstances, or sometimes the circumstances in the world at large, and we think that we have no hope. Without diminishing the real tragedies that some people experience, I want to assure you we have hope. One of the psalms asked the […]

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Let’s Support the Missionaries

Several years ago, Southern Baptists (the nation’s largest protestant group and largest missionary sending organization) announced that we had more people who wanted to serve as missionaries than the funds to sent them. That had never before happened with Southern Baptists. Late last summer, the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention called 600 […]

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Failing Forward

“I believe in the sun even when its not shining. I believe in love even when I don’t feel it. I believe in God even when he is silent”–lines scratched into a wall at Auschwitz. “Success is never final, failure is never fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts”–Winston Churchill. “1) I am […]

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The California Shooters

As I write this, I am sitting at my computer trying to make sense of what has happened in San Bernardino, California. As with many of the things going on in our country and around the world, it simply is beyond normal comprehension. Yesterday around noon in California, two or three people wearing ski masks […]

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The Importance and Difficulty of Pastoral Leadership

Many parts of a pastor’s life are difficult. You can imagine what many of those difficulties are, but the most difficult and demanding is leading. Years ago Leith Anderson wrote about the three toughest jobs in America: the president of a major university (especially one with a major football program :), an administrator¬†of a hospital, […]

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I am the senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Covington, Louisiana, a position that I have held since 1989.

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He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? — Romans 8:32 (NIV)