‘Pastoral Leadership’

We’re Always Making Judgments

We’re always making judgments. Social scientists tell us that anytime we walk into a room of strangers we are asking ourselves, “Do I fit here?” and “Am I wanted here?” Those questions have huge implications for churches. How do we help people feel wanted and appreciated? How do we make strategic decisions that let people […]

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Sin, Prayer, and Character

‘God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it”–1 Corinthians 1o:13. “When we choose deliberately to obey [God], then he will tax the remotest star and the last grain of […]

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The Purpose and Values of Life

“We must continually remind ourselves of the purpose of life. We are not destined to happiness, not to health, but to holiness . . . . At all costs, a person must have a right relationship with God . . . . God has only one intended destiny for mankind–holiness. His only goal is to […]

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Why You Should Smile More

Recently, I’ve read two articles advocating smiling more and smiling more often. Those articles come at a crucial time of the year. For people who work with people and counsel others, January is well known as a depressing time of the year. More people seem to deal with psychological issues early in the year than […]

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Dealing with Your Thorn in the Flesh

“God had one son on earth without sin, but never one without suffering”–Augustine. “God will mend a broken heart if you give him all the pieces”–Aesop. “Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited. I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me.Three times I pleaded with the […]

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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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For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. — Philippians 1:21 (NIV)