Category Archives: Snapshots of The Alabama Baptist

Thoughts from the monthly newspaper column “Rashional Thoughts” — a reprint of what was published in The Alabama Baptist newspaper.

Processing reality of suicide

The details are foggy about that morning but the tragic reality never leaves me. I remember the call, the intense grief and the hours my younger brother, even younger cousin and I spent playing in the car as the adults … Continue reading

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Fighting through the dark areas

“The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of Conflict” by The Arbinger Institute “The Principle of the Path: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be” by Andy Stanley My brother and brother-in-law both recommended books … Continue reading

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Getting pushback? Embrace the opportunity

The pastor seemed sad but determined as we talked. His young adult daughters had recently left the denomination and he was disappointed. They grew up in Alabama Baptist churches where he had always been their pastor — and now they … Continue reading

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Simple act of love or veiled criticism?

My attempt at a gentle teaching moment for a child I’m close to but who is not my actual child wasn’t met with appreciation. I certainly never intended to overstep. I care deeply about a large number of kiddos in … Continue reading

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Touch of kindness makes a difference

Big Jim didn’t like the formality at all. “James Salles” on his nametag just wouldn’t do. He promptly requested a Sharpie and took care of it. Now that’s better, he said. The proud Texan and his wife, Sue, (or Mother, … Continue reading

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I can fix that, but should I?

How has life been this week? Working through any disappointments? It’s hard for me to watch anyone be let down. I tend to take responsibility for reversing such situations even when it’s not my responsibility to bear. I also will … Continue reading

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Called for a specific moment

Nehemiah had a heart for the people and the project. He believed in it, cared for them and kept the faith. He knew God had called him to this moment and he gave the credit back to God rather than taking it for himself. Continue reading

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