A Pastor’s Plea

I’m a pastor. (“Gump, you’re a genius!”) No, I don’t mean that my job description says “Senior Pastor,” although it does. I mean that when God put me together—temperament, personality, life experiences, calling, and spiritual giftedness—He built a pastor. The thing about being put together as a Pastor is that I can never shut it off. Every situation in which I find myself the sheepdog in me is constantly herding the sheep. (Remind me to tell you about Kimber, my Australian Shepherd, and her constant herding instinct.)


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On the Move

Something happened yesterday during the invitation to respond to God’s Word. I did not expect it. I was not looking for it. I had never experienced anything like it. But, it happened.

I was attempting to clarify the invitation to respond. You know,

“If you’ve never repented of your sins and trusted in Christ’s death for you, His burial,

and His resurrection, Come to Jesus.”

“If you know Jesus, but have been living for yourself, repent and walk with Jesus.”

“If you’re looking for a church home, and believe that God has led you here, come

and join us.”


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A Song in My Mouth

I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD.                                                              (Psalm 40:1-3)
In many ways, Psalm 40 describes my experience with the Lord better than any other. I’m very sensitive (responsive?) to this Psalm and love its various renditions. The superstar rock band U2 put Psalm 40 to music, and it has appealed to me since I was a teen. The Christian singing group Newsong did one as well, and right this very minute their version is echoing through the corridors of my mind. I love this Psalm; it delights my soul.

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A Little Help with Christmas Music

 
I recognize that the real debate over Christmas music revolves around the question, “When is it appropriate to begin listening to the carols?” Many folks, Christians included, engage in this discussion, arguing for after Halloween, or the day after Thanksgiving, or (my favorite) all year ‘round. I confess that it is really weird to hear “Let it Snow” at a gas station on the first day of November.


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Tempered by Thanksgiving

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
                                                          (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, ESV)
 
I cannot believe that it is Thanksgiving week already! I ate a piece of pumpkin pie yesterday, and am preparing my “Big Easy” for the turkey on Thursday. I plan to spend time with my Mom & Dad, Rebecca & Tommy, and Joshua. I also plan to do much of our “togetherness” watching the three-game lineup of football games on Thursday. All my favorite things (family, food, and football) at once!


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Why I Write…

I began “blogging” back in 2006 or 2007 while pastoring my first church in Clarksdale, Mississippi. In those days, the concept was brand new and I was exploring its value in my own attempt at ministry. At that time, my blogging focused on extended Bible study. I attempted to explain the text and then apply it to our own culture and situations. (If I remember correctly, my readers wanted to hear more about the Minor Prophets, so they were my focus.) So, I primarily used the blog as a tool for further study.


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