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Read Last Week’s Newsletter

Last week I shared with you that I was taking an inventory of our various church activities in the community and mission efforts not only in our state but nationally and internationally. The intent is not that we put out a list with the headline …LOOK AT US, AIN’T WE GOOD!! Instead, I feel it would be good to know where we are making the presence of God known, and where we could devote some of our efforts to other…

Making Our Presence Known

You have heard many stories, lectures, expert opinions concerning the middle child, and how this valuable member of many a family unit struggles at times to make sure his or her presence in the brood is recognized and known. They are not the oldest nor are they the youngest …they are simply the “middlest.” Churches do not struggle with birth order issues. But they do need to have their existence acknowledged. No, we don’t seek recognition in weekly appearances on…

Miscellaneous

There are a few things I want to share with you today. That should help you understand the title: First, I want to offer a word of thanks. I honestly think I should send out quarterly statements of thanks to you because I find so many things to be grateful for as I minister among my PSBC family. Sunday (the 18th) was a very special day as you welcomed new Christians and new members to the Poplar Springs community. These…

Be Flexible

There were numerous rules associated with youth mission trips I have been on through the years with the most common one proclaimed on each trip being … “be flexible.” This means to be adaptable due to the fact that you never know what you will be called upon to do at any particular time. This little bit of advice has come in handy during the pandemic. I am sure like most Baptist Christians (myself included) you may have found yourselves…

Folded Cloths in an Empty Tomb

One of my first requirements in the Oliver home on the Lord’s Day following services was to take my “Sunday clothes” off, hang up my wild “70’s” multicolored polyester sport coat, find the crease in my synthetic double knit bell bottoms, and hang them on a pants hanger in my closet. It was an expectation on Sunday around 12:45 pm at my house that I fold my clothes. In the gospel of John, we have an account of folded grave…

Commitment

Way back in 1978, I had an encounter with almighty God. It seems our maker had been dealing with me for some time, but I failed to recognize his labors. It took a number of troubling events for him to get my attention mostly in the form of decisions to be made and the fact that I was probably not on the coveted dean’s list at Clemson University, but perhaps on another list for those who might be seeking an…

Evaluation is Good

Oftentimes we hear the word evaluation and visions of criticism and intense interrogation come to mind. We begin thinking our worth is being questioned, and we sometimes become defensive in the process of just seeking how we can do things better. Two weeks ago your church staff was a part of the evaluation process as we met with our personnel committee and I would like to state for the record: I was not tortured nor was I interrogated and I…

My Take on the Time Change

(CAUTION: THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT IS SATURATED WITH SARCASM AND BRISTLING WITH NEGATIVITY…READ AT YOUR OWN RISK) I just looooove time change Sunday! It has to be one of my favorite days of the year. It ranks right up there with the stomach virus or as I call it “the decision virus” due to the fact that sometimes in the midst of this ailment some tough decisions have to be made. It’s a close second to a late night toothache or…

Circuitous Journeys

I was involved in a conversation with good friend this morning. We were discussing why it is that nothing seems to be easily accomplished. It seems that Murphy’s law goes into effect whenever we attempt to do something beneficial. It is as if everything that can go wrong does. The money is not there or the other resources become scarce. Maybe it’s a problem with time constraints or medical or health issues. It seems at times that the odds seem…

We All Need Help

As most of you know, I am fairly new to the world of technology and computers. For the longest time I thought a modem was a bathroom device and a monitor was a lizard. I thought a keyboard was where auto mechanics placed these small ignition utensils on the wall when you took your car in for repairs. I spent thirty years avoiding computers. They grew in popularity but I was worried about getting hooked on solitaire or pressing the…