‘Stories Worth Telling’



“You Have Everything You Need”

I bought my first personal computer in the early 80s. During that time I was professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. That early personal computer was a perfect fit for my work at the seminary. I was writing books, articles, and preparing notes for lectures. And while I wasn’t […]

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What Can You Buy with a Five-Dollar Bill?

You may smile at the title of this post. After all, there is really not much you can do with five dollars. At least, that’s the way it seems. Almost 2 weeks ago on Wednesday night (when we have church-wide services and activities), I left the church building with one of our pastors later in […]

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All Glory to God

I like music, but I don’t listen to music very much. When I’m in my automobile, I’m usually listening to some kind of teaching tape or the news of the day. I’m certainly not a strong classical music fan, but one of my favorite musicians is Johann Sebastian Bach. Let me tell you why I […]

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We Tested Our Tornado Plan

Yesterday tornadoes tracked all across our area (southeast Louisiana). You may have seen the news that the state of Louisiana was hit hard yesterday with tornadoes. The eastern area of New Orleans (we call it New Orleans East) was particularly hard hit. At least one church building experienced heavy damage. When the alerts came out […]

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Lessons from Super Bowl LI

You probably watched all or part of Super Bowl LI. After all, 111 million people did, but it did make me wonder, “What were all those other people doing?” I love sports, with football coming at the top of my list. I love what sports teach us about life.  In my little time of playing competitive […]

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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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There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. — 1 John 4:18 (NIV)