Don’t Forget Church!

We all have a lot going on this week. Just in my own life I’ve made a quick trip to Alabama to visit my mother and have returned to be with my family from Covington and those visiting from Alabama and Florida. Making all these trips, buying gifts, preparing great meals, and generally getting everything […]

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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Christmas is a wonderful time. I’ve often felt that if you didn’t have it we would almost have to make it up. As a pastor and and observer of life, I am painfully aware that this is also a difficult time of the year. In my own church I am praying for a number of […]

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Joseph and Biblical Manhood

One of the joys of my Christmas has been the opportunity to study the birth narrative from Matthew 1-2. Matthew wrote his gospel for Jews. You can see this as he repeatedly shows parallels of the life of Jesus with the Old Testament. Matthew wanted to show how Jesus of Nazareth was sent from God […]

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The Faith of Joseph of Nazareth

One of the ways I’ve been getting ready for Christmas is by studying the life of Joseph in Matthew 1–2. Joseph is often overlooked in the church and in Scripture. For example, Joseph is mentioned in the Gospel of Matthew only in chapters 1 and 2 in association with the birth of Jesus. In some […]

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The Faith of John Glenn

Saturday afternoon I happened to turn on the TV and found the memorial service for former Senator and astronaut John Glenn. John Glenn lived an amazing life. He passed away about 10 days ago at the age of 95. Since I was on my way to our Saturday evening worship service, I didn’t get to […]

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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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A person finds joy in giving an apt reply— and how good is a timely word! — Proverbs 15:23 (NIV)