‘Stories Worth Telling’



Pushing at the Gates of Hell

I find Matthew 16:13-19 to be one of the most fascinating passages of Scripture. It contains profound meaning for the church and several difficult exegetical issues. One of the areas that is difficult to interpret is what Jesus meant by “the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18). We have recently seen […]

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Can You Really Serve Two Masters?

I have a cartoon drawing in my office from many years ago. It really doesn’t make any sense today so I don’t leave it where people can see it. It says this, “Who says you can’t serve two masters?” It was drawn by my buddy Joe McKeever who is renowned for his ability to doodle […]

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This One Thing That Changed The Way I Worship

I’ve been to church many, many times. Maybe you have, too. Have those times of worship affected your life? Do you often leave saying, “It was good to be in the house of the Lord.” Or, do you leave with a ho-hum, nothing happened attitude? Let me tell you the one thing that truly affected […]

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Mike Pence and the “Billy Graham Rule”

Last week Vice President Mike Pence created quite a stir when someone quoted from an article written several years ago about him. The article described how Pence followed the “Billy Graham Rule,” a rule the evangelist established for himself about his interaction with women. Billy Graham, in a strong attempt at integrity in relationships, famously […]

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Sergio Garcia and the Necessity of Perseverance

On Sunday, Sergio Garcia won the Masters golf tournament in what has been described as the best finish in Masters’ history. That is a lot of history, and a lot of great finishes. Garcia is a Spaniard who burst on the golfing scene some twenty years ago with a “can’t miss” tag on his back. […]

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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)