Five Years of Blogging

In May, I completed five years of writing a blog. Like most things, my blogging began simply. I’ve always written a weekly article for the church newsletter. I call it lagniappe (LAN-YAP) because I live in South Louisiana. Lagniappe is a word that means “a little something extra.” It’s much like a “baker’s dozen.” My article was an attempt to …

I’m Smiling A Lot

I’m smiling a lot this week. It’s because I’m seeing so many children who are professing their faith in Christ and following Him in Christian baptism. From Vacation Bible School to children’s Bible classes to parents who are praying for their children to know Christ and live for him all of their lives, we are seeing many children saved. That …

Keep Your Eye on the Prize

You may remember a couple of Olympics ago a runner running a race who couldn’t resist looking around to see if anyone was catching him. His problem was that while he looked to his left his competitor passed him on the right. He lost the race. The person running a race must strictly discipline himself to keep his eyes on …

“If You Don’t Love Jesus You Have to Apologize”

“Only people who love Jesus go to Heaven. If you don’t love Jesus you have to apologize!” Those were the profound words stated frankly by our granddaughter Reagan when she was age four (almost five). While you might quibble about the exact accuracy of the apologize statement, we all know the truthfulness of what she had to say. When I …

Home Improvement

Last week Martha and I did some “home improvement” shopping. For us, home improvement shopping means that we’re looking for something for the house – – whether big or small – – that we think we need. Our approach is to visit several businesses to see what the possibilities are. Last week we just made it a way to get …

I’m Quitting

I’m quitting, and I hope you will too. I’ve quit doing what Martha calls “fiddling with my phone” while I’m driving. It wasn’t easy. I still feel the necessity to reach over and pick up my phone and see if I’ve missed something in the last 10 minutes. Now, if I’m on a long trip I simply plan to stop …

My First Sermon

For whatever reason, recently I began thinking about the first sermon I preached. It has been a long time ago, but I remember it well. God called me to preach in what I call a “violent” call to ministry. Most people wonder what I mean by “violent.” It’s simple. Violent seems to be the only way God could get my …

Learn to Use Your “Undo” Button

Most editing programs have an “Undo” button and a “Redo” button. You need to find those buttons. I promise you will be thankful you did. I use those buttons often. They save me from the worst calamities. A few days ago, I was putting the finishing touches on one of my daily blogs. Though I have been writing the blog …

Where Do Dinosaurs Fit in the Bible?

Where do dinosaurs fit in the Bible? Yesterday morning I sat through a delightful 90 minute presentation by Ken Ham, President and CEO of the creation Museum, made to elementary age children. The subject had to do with dinosaurs and how they fit in Scripture. Children aren’t the only ones who want to know how dinosaurs fit in the Bible. …

Was Saint Patrick a Baptist?

Today is Saint Patrick’s Day. I’ll be wearing green and the chances are most of you will be as well. People are fascinated with Saint Patrick. Today all over the country there will be St. Patrick’s Day parades. In Boston and in New Orleans, they’ll serve green beer – – maybe in a lot of other places as well. Who …