‘Stories Worth Telling’

Have You Been Poisoned?

Stephen Ambrose is a legend in Louisiana (and beyond). Ambrose wrote extensively about World War II and specifically about D-Day. As I look back over my understanding of WW II, I realize that I learned more from the popular books of Stephen Ambrose than from history courses in college. Stephen Ambrose was instrumental in establishing […]

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My Lost iPad

I am NOT addicted to my technology, but I get rather nervous when I don’t have it with me. You can judge whether I am addicted or not. Early in the week Martha and I flew to visit Brad, Emily, Reagan, and Luke (our second daughter’s family) in south Florida. As we were getting in […]

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Why Failure Is Inevitable

The people who never succeed are those who are afraid to fail. You have to be willing to fail–and therefore to learn–if you are going to be a success. You will never learn to do anything if you are unwilling to fail. Think about riding a bike, hitting a baseball, or finding friends. Until you […]

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Changing Your Family Culture

Can a family’s trajectory be changed? Is it possible to make your family vastly different? The answer is both “yes” and “no.” If you continue everything as it is now, you will continue life as it is. If you make Godly changes, your family has the potential to be vastly different. In counseling, it’s called […]

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Without Hope and Without God

This is not a happy story, but it is a story which must be told. Yesterday Martha and I picked up a USAToday after breakfast. We were drawn by the headline: “Suspect opening up to police: Tsarnaev, unable to talk, writes; responses said to be ‘substantive.’ ” We had gone to sleep the previous night […]

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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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This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. — 1 John 3:16 (NIV)