Category Archives: Church

Selling Hamburgers

I have never served as the pastor of a megachurch, and I don’t figure that I ever will. My pastoral ministry has always involved small, rural churches. Still, I’ll admit that, like megachurch pastors, I feel the internal pressure to … Continue reading

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Kateland’s Answer

Last week we had a good Bible School at Oak Grove Baptist church. Yesterday we had the commencement service as part of our Sunday morning worship service. I can’t ever get through a Bible School without thinking of a certain … Continue reading

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Look Out For Those Unequal Yokes

Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what … Continue reading

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Two Different Bible-School Meetings

The months of June and July constitute Vacation Bible School season in churches all across America. It is with this in mind that I’d like to share a story that involves V.B.S. Actually, the story’s real subject is the spiritual … Continue reading

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Worship Wars

Some years ago I met with the pulpit committee of a certain church about the possibility of me becoming that church’s next pastor. I don’t normally take Tonya along for such meetings, but this committee wanted to meet her as … Continue reading

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A Profound Question

A missionary was once asked if he liked his work in Africa. His reply was as follows: Do I like this work? No. My wife and I do not like dirt. We have reasonably refined sensibilities. We do not like … Continue reading

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What Should Have Been

I was a little under two years into my first pastorate when one afternoon, as I was driving in my car, I happened to drive past the sign for a certain church in our area. It was a sign that … Continue reading

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