‘Stories Worth Telling’



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

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Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God. — 2 Corinthians 7:1 (NIV)