‘Stories Worth Telling’



The Original Big Vision

If you’ve read anything about leadership in the last 20 years, you’ve read about vision and the necessity of communicating that vision to the people who follow you and your organization. As the Bible says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish” (Proverbs 29:18). Very few groups (even families) can really thrive without a […]

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Are You an Amateur or a Professional?

Recently, I have been reminded of the difference between an amateur and a professional. We usually think about amateurs and professionals in sports, but the designation works in almost everything. What is the difference between a professional and an amateur? I would put the distinction in the following way. An amateur dabbles in things. He […]

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Nice Guys Finish Last–Not!

You’ve heard the famous quote (by a well known baseball player) that “Nice guys finish last.” According to a recent report about leadership and business, it simply isn’t true. In fact, the opposite is true. Good people make good leaders. Fred Kiel, author of Return on Character: The Real Reason Leaders and Their Companies Win, […]

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Is a Selfie More Dangerous than a Shark Attack?

Last year I witnessed a shark attack. It was quite sobering, and I don’t expect to forget it anytime soon. Fortunately, the attack was not deadly and as far as I know it did not cause any permanent disfigurement. It did cause me to look and think about the seriousness of shark attacks. Would you […]

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Why Many Baptists Opposed the Pope’s Address to Congress

Baptists and religious liberty go hand in hand. Baptists were at the forefront of the adoption of the Bill of Rights – – the first 10 amendments to the Constitution. It is no question why freedom of religion is the first amendment to the Constitution. Freedom to worship and to practice faith as one believes […]

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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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For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. — Philippians 1:21 (NIV)