‘Pastoral Leadership’

Why Sin Hurts Us So Badly

“Clearly, what we do in private affects what we accomplish in public. . . . Private sin enslaves us to sin. . . . Private sin leads to public shame. . . . Sin always leads to more sin”–Jim Denison. “Everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin”–John 8:34. “My worth to God in […]

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Five Areas to Improve Your Effectiveness

Serving as a pastor has many difficult parts. One of those is the feeling that you never get finished. It’s not just that the pastor works among an endless line of people with deep needs, it’s also the fact that there is always something that needs to be prepared. Sunday is always only a few […]

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What Will Change America?

“The coming days will be the times that try men’s souls: The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country, but he that stands NOW, will earn the love, gratefulness and honor of the nation. Future American history books will write–and our children and grandchildren will […]

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Why the Church Grows

“When he landed in 1848, there were no Christians here; when he left in 1872, there were no heathen”–Memorial to John Geddie, the “Father” of Presbyterian Missions in the South Seas. “Our culture is changing, but our mission is not. The mission is not to look like the culture, but to look like Christ while […]

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The Hurts of Life

“The God of Joseph will stay beside us during the dungeon days; He will not forsake or forget us. He will be there during the blast of the winter storm, holding out the promise of springtime. He will be there through the darkest night, quietly reminding us of the promise of morning light . . […]

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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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This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. — 1 John 3:16 (NIV)