‘Stories Worth Telling’



Making It to Five O’clock

Years ago when I taught at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, I frequented the Baptist Book Store (the predecessor to Lifeway Christian Stores) often. Having been a student and then a faculty member, I came to know most of the staff. Those were warm, kind relationships. One day I walked in to pick up some […]

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Be Careful What You Plant

Twenty years ago, Martha and I moved into our current house. We searched for months and finally selected our new home. While the house and lot were not ideal, we still felt good about what we had done. The house itself was great. The previous owners built it only a few years before and lived […]

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How To Take Down A Church

In 2008 in Moscow, a Russian Orthodox Church building disappeared.  It’s hard to imagine, one day you have a building, one day you don’t.  The building was abandoned but with the growth of the church in Russia, the Orthodox Church was considering reopening the building.  When they sent someone to check on the condition of […]

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Make Your Circle A Little Tighter

One of my dear friends had a wonderful family, a family that God has blessed through the generations. His family members were some of the giants in the Church, and they were some of the most gracious people that I have ever met. I generally refer to his mother as one of the godliest people that I have ever known. Whenever I […]

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Marriage is Wonderful but You Have to Work At It

“Marriage is wonderful but you have to work at it.” Those words came from a simple man who understood life and really understood his marriage. Through the years I have contemplated his advice to me: “you must work at your marriage.” My friend probably didn’t know that he was espousing sound psychological theory. In fact, it’s […]

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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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[Trials and Temptations] Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. — James 1:2-3 (NIV)