• Out To Pastor: Those annoying sounds of silence


    It was in the 1960s when Simon and Garfunkel recorded their famous song, “The Sounds of Silence.”
    I must confess that I do enjoy what I know of as “The Sounds of Silence.” Nothing is more relaxing than sitting back with a cup of coffee and enjoying the silence as it whistled by. This has become a rather infrequent period for me.
    I love the silence and I enjoy the peace and quiet it brings.
    The problem is, silence can be taken too far.

  • We CAN rise to unite as a nation – post 9/11


    Immediately following 9/11, I cringed every time I heard a plane fly overhead. Like so many others, I prayed for our nation’s survival.
    That frightful event’s only bright spot was that it brought our nation together – for a short while. Since then, though, it seems as if we are increasingly fighting among ourselves. But are we truly each other’s enemies?

  • Church Briefs September 14th

    • Ochlockonee Bay UMC to hold annual spaghetti dinner on Sept. 15

    The Annual Spaghetti Dinner at the Ochlockonee Bay United Methodist Church, Surf Road, will be Friday, Sept. 15 from 5 to 7 p.m.
    Dinner tickets are $10 each and include spaghetti, salad, bread and homemade desserts. Included this year will be a Silent Auction with a fine array of new items, estate and/or antique items, and gift certificates to local businesses – all going to the highest bidder.
    Proceeds will be used for  church building improvements.

  • Out To Pastor: My sneeze is no gentle breeze


    It has been days (or has it been years) since I have enjoyed a sneeze free day. The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage told me it is simply that time of the year and I should learn to deal with it. “After all,” she opined, “you’re not going to die.”

  • Are you weary with regret?


    I’ll never be able to forgive myself.
    Just typing those words brought so many emotions. I remember the years of regret being so strong that I was sure I’d never get past the disappointment I felt toward myself.
    Years of sexual immorality and destructive choices confirmed my already low self-esteem.
    In time, I was able to accept God’s forgiveness. But even then, it took a while before I could see myself in a positive light.

  • Church Briefs September 7th 2017

    • New Bridge Hope to offer dinner, garage sale, car wash on Saturday

    New Bridge Hope Missionary Baptist Church will offer dinners and a garage sale on Saturday, Sept. 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    The church is located at 1282 Spring Creek Hwy, across from Mack’s Meats.
    Barbecue dinners will be sold for $10 per plate, with choice of ribs or chicken with baked beans, potato salad, bread and a drink (water or soda).
    For more information, please call (850) 322-6278.

  • Out to Pastor: ‘All things are possible,’ but I can’t balance the checkbook


    For me, the most terrible time of each month is the day our bank statement comes. We commonly call it BSS (Bank Statement Syndrome). I don’t know why it is, but I have trouble getting the parsonage checkbook to balance with the monthly bank statement.

  • What if we’re not ready to walk away from sin?


    Sin has a payoff. In fact, the immediate reward we experience when we take a wrong turn and engage in immoral behavior is so seductive that it overshadows our ability to discern right from wrong.
    But how quickly would your discerning ability improve if your pastor were to witness your actions? Or if your child were to suddenly walk in on you while you were enjoying your shameful behavior?

  • Church Briefs August 31st

    • Sunday dinner available at Macedonia

    Sunday dinner will be offered at Macedonia Community Church of Sopchoppy on Sunday, Sept. 3, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Menu includes pork chitterlings dinner   for $12; a turkey wing dinner for $12; grilled or barbecue chicken dinners for $8. Sides include white rice, yellow rice, candied yams , macaroni & cheese, collard greens or green beans, corn bread or dinner roll. Extra sides are $2.Dessert: Pound cake, peach cobbler or bread pudding. Extra dessert $2.Drinks: Soda or ice cold water $1.

  • Out to Pastor: I didn’t win $750 million


    During a recent lottery shindig, everybody was watching to see who was going to win all that money. Even I got all caught up in the excitement and was on the edge of my seat.
    “Why,” asked the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage, “are you so interested in that lottery?”
    “Well,” I said as soberly as possible, “what if I win all that money? Wouldn’t that be tremendous?” Then I flashed a gracious million-dollar smile at her.