‘Pastoral Leadership’



Thanksgiving is Good for You

“The more grateful you are the more likely you are to exhibit patience and self-control. College students who instituted methods for increasing gratitude such as keeping a gratitude journal slept longer and better. And couples who exhibit thankfulness tend to be more committed to each other and are more likely to remain in their relationships”–Jim […]

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How Should We Respond to A World of Violence, Immorality, and Selfishness?

“Before you go to sleep tonight, I challenge every single one of you to do something nice for a complete stranger. Our world needs that”–Bo Jackson. “Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive our darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive […]

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Your Church’s Security

I’ve been thinking about church security since the 1990s. I distinctly remember when it  became a major item on my radar. It was a Wednesday night when we heard of a church shooting in Fort Worth, Texas. It was a Baptist church whose Wednesday night service seemed very similar to what we did at that time on a Wednesday […]

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Too Hard to Talk About

I’m having a hard time getting my mind around what happened at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas. I know I am not alone. Here are some of the thoughts and issues running through my mind. First, I am amazed at the neighbor who confronted the shooter and actually wounded him and then […]

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I’d Rather Have Jesus

“I’d rather have Jesus than silver or gold;    I’d rather be His than have riches untold;    I’d rather have Jesus than houses of lands;     I’d rather be led by His nail pierced hand    Than to be the king of a vast domain and beheld in sin’s dread sway;    I’d […]

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About Waylon

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

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Verse of the Day

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. — Colossians 3:15 (NIV)