‘Stories Worth Telling’

“I Pray That You Do Good in Life”

My office door is filled with “homemade” cards from the children of our church. All of our pastors have the same kind of decoration on their doors as well. Every time I walk into the office I smile either outwardly (a lot of times) or inwardly. The cards came from our children’s ministry where the […]

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Blessings and Mercies That Are New Every Morning

My mentor, John Olen Strange, was a chaplain on Guadalcanal during World War II. Though he was part of “The Greatest Generation” and served during the most destructive war in history, you would have never known it from what he said. In fact, he never spoke of it and certainly did not seem to be […]

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Pope Francis and the Saints

You may have seen the tweet by Pope Francis Sunday. It had to do with saints in the Catholic church but Twitter helped change the meaning for many people. When Pope Francis used the word “saints,” Twitter added a # and a Fleur de Lis emoji which gave a completely new meaning. Many Saints fans […]

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My Fascination with Chick-fil-A

I am fascinated with Chick-fil-A. I like the food, the service, the planning to redo their drive up lane, and their business model. What I like best is the commitment of the family to make their business Christ honoring. Recently, I read an article by Jessica Mouser in ChurchLeaders.com about Chick-fil-A (CFA) and the commitment […]

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The Fastest Growing Church

Last week a friend sent me an article from the Christian Post entitled, ” ‘Fastest-growing church’ has no buildings, no central leadership, and is mostly led by women.” I read the article with amazement. Since then, I have read the article two more times. It is an article about hope and the power of 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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[On Not Loving the World] Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. — 1 John 2:15-16 (NIV)