‘Pastoral Leadership’

Why Humility Counts Big Time!

“But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: ‘God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble’ “–James 4:6. “You must constantly beware of anything that causes you to think of yourself as a superior person”–Oswald Chambers. “But beware a condescending spirit of superiority or judgment: ‘Let all bitterness and wrath […]

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Do Fathers Matter?

“My father, Max Spann, decided that booze and chasing women were more important than his family, and when he checked out, my life would change quickly. The world today tells us that children don’t need a father; I assure you that is complete insanity. I survived it, but it wasn’t easy. I will always be […]

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Should We Be Discouraged or Encouraged?

“When it seems that good is outnumbered by evil, it’s not. When it seems that God is absent, he isn’t. You may not see him in the room, but that fact makes him no less present. When Syrian armies surrounded Elisha, the prophet assured his servant, ‘Do not be afraid, for those who are with […]

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Build A Culture Not A Program

I love sports. I particularly love college sports. I remember my first college football game. It was the Auburn-Georgia game, 1957, I think. I remember Auburn won and won the National Championship. I remember the players’ names–Nix, Lorino, Zeke. I even remember the elderly man I sat in front of. He had a cane and […]

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Meaning Well Is Not Enough

“There is no avoiding the fact that we live at the mercy of our ideas. This is never more true than with our ideas about God. Meaning well is not enough. Those who operate on the wrong information are likely never to know the reality of God’s presence in the decisions which shape their lives […]

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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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But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. — Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)