December 23, 2019 - When a pastor recently informed me that the Christmas celebration was sinful, it rang an all-too-familiar bell. His reasons were not new. Every year some well-meaning people encourage us to scratch the Christmas holiday. “We don’t know when Christ was born”… “Ivy and mistletoe were used in worship of the Greek god, Bacchus”… “Mistletoe was associated with Druidical rites”… “Ancient pagans decorated trees.”
December 16, 2019 - As we grew up, my brothers and I had a secret way of whistling to each other when we got separated from each other on a hunting or fishing trip. We had hoped that we would eventually be able to do that “loud, shrill whistle” that my Grandmother and Uncle “Jink” could do. I later learned that our physical anatomy determined our ability to whistle that way.
December 9, 2019 - When I became pastor of the Fletcher Emmanuel Baptist Church in Lumberton, Texas, I found a church full of hunters. And the best hunters of the church were without doubt Junior Stanley and James Cannon. Their favorite hunting spot was on the Indian Reservation near Woodville, Texas and they invited me to deer hunt with them there one day. Junior and James both had Browning Auto Shotguns and I took a 6MM Custom Rifle that I had built.
December 2, 2019 - Considering the fact that our family was large (10 children) John was the only one of us who ever broke a bone. And not only did he break his leg while walking through a planer mill, he was the only one of us that was shot… twice.
November 25, 2019 - When I was pastoring a church in Portland, Oregon , a young man walked into our morning service. He was on our membership roll but had not attended in several years. The members gathered around him and joyfully welcomed him back home.
November18, 2019 - “You are the salt of the earth…” Matt. 5:13
Mother was our neighborhood’s best cook. My aunts and uncles visited us often because they knew Mother would always have something to eat. We usually had biscuits and syrup for breakfast and beans and cornbread for the other meals. We boys added rabbits, squirrels and fish to the menu when we could.
November 11, 2019 - Back in 1957, I was student Pastor of he Liberty Hill Baptist Church in San Augustine, Texas. County Clerk Cecil Murphy called me one day asking if I had time to perform a wedding “for a young couple.” I told him I would and minutes later a young man came to the door. When I asked where he wanted to be married, he replied, “Oh, I’m already married.” “The couple to be married is too old to get out and want to be married in the car.”