How Should We Respond to A World of Violence, Immorality, and Selfishness?

“Before you go to sleep tonight, I challenge every single one of you to do something nice for a complete stranger. Our world needs that”–Bo Jackson. “Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive our darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive […]

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Your Church’s Security

I’ve been thinking about church security since the 1990s. I distinctly remember when it  became a major item on my radar. It was a Wednesday night when we heard of a church shooting in Fort Worth, Texas. It was a Baptist church whose Wednesday night service seemed very similar to what we did at that time on a Wednesday […]

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Too Hard to Talk About

I’m having a hard time getting my mind around what happened at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas. I know I am not alone. Here are some of the thoughts and issues running through my mind. First, I am amazed at the neighbor who confronted the shooter and actually wounded him and then […]

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Evil in Our World

I am stunned, and I am deeply grieving. It’s hard for me to imagine that anyone wouldn’t be the same today. Of all the places we go, church seems to be the safest and happiest place we can be. I often say that I want every child who attends my church to be able to […]

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Lessons about Church Unity

The letters of the New Testament are filled with instructions for church unity. Paul’s letters to the churches particularly target this need for the church. One of the churches which heard much about unity was the church at Philippi. Paul addressed the issue several times, but none was as riveting as his call to two women […]

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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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נ Nun Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. — Psalm 119:105 (NIV)