‘Stories Worth Telling’



Are You Ready for Christmas?

Are you ready for Christmas? I can’t even begin to count the number of times I’ve been asked this question so far this year. The question even began before Thanksgiving. At that point, the question was, “Are you ready for the holidays?” Now, people want to know “Are you ready for Christmas?” I’ve noticed that […]

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“Would You Be My Neighbor?”

Yesterday, I wrote about learning how to give thanks and to be a more grateful person. Then later in the day I saw Fred Rogers (you know, “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood”) give an acceptance speech when he received a lifetime achievement award for daytime television. This is what he said. He mentioned the many people who […]

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

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Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. — James 4:10 (NIV)