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Be careful how you sleep in church

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Several years ago, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ran a story about Los Angeles juror number 2386. This man had faithfully reported for jury duty, but had been sitting in the courtroom for two days, waiting to be interviewed by lawyers.

Suddenly, he let out a loud yawn.

Superior Court Judge Craig Veals said, “You yawned rather audibly there. As a matter of fact, it was to the point that it was contemptuous.”

“I’m sorry, but I’m really bored,” the juror replied.

“I’m sorry?” the judge responded, and the juror repeated his statement. Read More»

Just be honest, OK? Just tell the truth

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The other day, I was finishing a very pleasant visit with a couple who had worshipped with us the previous Sunday. They walked me out the door, pulled the door shut, and then realized the door was locked.

Yes, the door was locked and the folks did not have a key in their pocket nor hidden outside. So what to do? It was hot and humid and we were already starting to sweat.

I called the office and one of our ministry assistants picked up a phone book, looked in the yellow pages and gave me a number for a locksmith listing in Fayette County. Read More»

Summer slump doesn’t stop summer service

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These summer months may be vacation season for church members who are in and out of town and in and out of church. Church attendance may dip, but these aren’t the lazy days of summer for folks who participate in the missions opportunities that summertime brings.

Our summer at McDonough Road Baptist always starts with Vacation Bible School. This year our theme was “Big Apple Adventure” as we connected faith to life. Five days of Bible teaching, crafts, music, and missions stories culminated with Vacation Bible School Sunday on June 12. Read More»

A salute to wonderful fathers is never too late

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Our column rotation placed my Father’s Day tribute after the fact this year, but, hey, it’s never too late to salute the dads who are doing a good job with fatherhood, and to challenge all of us to raise our performance even more.

Being a father is a wonderful gift, an awesome privilege. I’ve entered the almost-empty nest stage of life, and would love the turn back the clock just a few years. I loved raising my kids, and tried especially to make many memories and spend much time with them. They say kids spell love t-i-m-e, and would rather have you than any thing you can buy for them. Read More»

Not being fed? It’s time to take responsibility for yourself

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A pastor friend called greatly distressed because one of his core church members had informed him that his family was leaving the church because he was not being fed. If you really want to master the art of church grumbling, that is one statement that you must know how to use: “I’m not being fed.” Read More»

The world didn’t end, but what now?

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Saturday, May 21 came and passed without a cataclysmic world-ending disaster. The sincere California pastor missed his prediction again.

Eighty-nine-year-old Harold Camping came up with numerological proof based on Genesis 7:4, which reads “For after seven more days I will cause it to rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights, and I will destroy from the face of the earth all living things which I have made.” Read More»

Welcome me to the Grandparents Club!

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We’ve officially joined the Grandparents’ Club, though we’re much too young to be grandparents. Our daughter’s baby was due May 2nd, and we were debating about when to leave for the nine-hour drive to Southwest Florida.

We hoped to be there for the delivery and wondered whether we should leave Wednesday, or Thursday. The baby solved that dilemma by deciding she’d come early. Read More»

Blessed is the man who can laugh at himself

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It was the top of the fifth, with a runner on first base and the Oakland A’s David DeJesus at the plate. Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander, a right hander, stepped off the pitching rubber as if to attempt a pick-off throw to first, but instead at the last second changed his mind and threw sideways to the plate and right at the batter. It was a weird move and briefly confused the umpires. Read More»

Holy Week points to the ultimate sacrifice, then good news of Easter

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Last Wednesday, the processional carrying the body of fallen soldier Jeremy Faulkner passed our church on the way to the funeral home in McDonough. Faulkner was killed March 29 when his unit came under enemy fire in the Konar Province of Afghanistan.

Faulkner’s body was flown to Falcon Field in Peachtree City, arriving around 11 a.m. Then Patriot Guard Riders and law enforcement officials escorted his body through Fayetteville and Lovejoy and into McDonough. Citizens lined the route to wave flags and show respect for this Griffin High School graduate. Read More»

Ten times to call your pastor

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One of the privileges of being in the ministry is the opportunity to be “pastor” to people in times of joy and in times of adversity. Simply “being there” and having that “ministry of presence” are greatly appreciated by parishioners in need.

I may be slightly biased, but I feel every person should have a pastor and church family to support and minister to them at life’s critical points: weddings, births, hospitalizations and surgeries, deaths, family crises, celebrations and losses. Read More»