‘Stories Worth Telling’



Which Will Fail First?

Let me tell you two things that happened this past weekend at worship. Each of these was quite profound. First, one of many families that came to our Hospitality Room after our worship service brought two (or was it three) children to meet me, others on our pastoral staff, and other leaders of our church. […]

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The Life and Legacy of Billy Graham

Billy Graham died yesterday morning. Governor Mike Huckabee, a man with quick wit and deep faith, said that that statement was the greatest example of fake news he had ever seen. He said, “Billy Graham is more alive today than he’s ever been.“ He’s right, of course. When speaking to Martha at the death of […]

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The Greatest Marriage Advice Ever

Sometime in the year before my wedding, I received “my greatest marriage advice ever.” It came from a deacon at my church. I was young–really young–and he was about my father’s age with children my age. After visiting with his family, he followed me to my automobile and gave me these powerful words–“Marriage is great […]

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Is It Worth Dying For?

I live in the New Orleans area, and we have had a high profile murder trial going on all week. The trial has to do with the murder of a college and professional football player – – Joe McKnight. I’m sure most people have an opinion about the outcome of the trial. I am not […]

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Hospitality Matters Because People Matter

Last weekend we had a “Hospitality Matters” conference for our local congregation. We emphasized hospitality because we are on the verge of opening a new worship center and a new area devoted to believers spending time with other believers – – what Christians often called “fellowship.“ We had a wonderful presenter named Mark Waltz. Mark […]

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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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For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit. — 1 Peter 3:18 (NIV)