‘Stories Worth Telling’



The Fragility of the Church

My mother is aging and is becoming more and more feeble. For this reason, we are making more trips to see her. We did so this week. One of the places I visited when I went home was the location of the first church where I served as a pastor. The church building was about 12 […]

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Our Hope

I have good news and bad news. We smile at that statement, but we know that the statement is true. There is always bad news. As long as “Satan is alive and well” and as long as we struggle with our old sinful nature, there will be plenty of bad news. But, I also have […]

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How Eyewitnesses Work

We all know the contemporary importance of eyewitnesses, but do we understand the long-term importance of an eyewitness? Let me give you an example of how an eyewitness account continues to have significance for generations to come. My wife is the youngest child in her family. Her father was the youngest child in his large […]

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One Great Thing

Recently I reread a quote from Vince Lombardi, the Hall of Fame football coach, about what makes a team work. It went like this: “Individual commitment to a group effort–that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” Vince Lombardi was well known for his belief that the […]

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Why I Am Confident About the Church

While we all have concerns about the church (meaning the universal church rather than a local congregation) and about its future, I want to assure you that I am confident about the future of the church. My confidence has little to do with me or with the church but everything to do with the Lord […]

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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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But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness. — James 3:17-18 (NIV)