‘Stories Worth Telling’



Blessed is the Man

Iranian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani has been sentenced to death for refusing to renounce his Christian faith. Pastor Youcef, a pastor of the 400 member Church of Iran, has been imprisoned since October of 2009 in Gilan Province after protesting to authortities that his son was forced to read from the Koran at school. The latest […]

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Why is Ecclesiastes in the Bible?

My friend calls Ecclesiastes the “strangest” book in the Bible. It is certainly one of the most difficult to teach. Though right next to Proverbs in the Old Testament canon, Ecclesiastes and Proverbs are worlds apart. Proverbs is made up of short, pithy sayings that reinforce the idea of the protection and care of God. My […]

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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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I am the senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Covington, Louisiana, a position that I have held since 1989.

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Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. — Ephesians 6:4 (NIV)