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.

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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Introverts living in extroverted world

She bounced into The Alabama Baptist student intern role with no hesitation, blending right in with the staff in such a way that we felt as if we had always known her. We’ve been blessed with a great number of … Continue reading

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Helping carry their pain

It’s been four years since I wrote this particular Rashional Thoughts, but I wanted to share it again because of the number of people I’ve encountered lately who are carrying loads and loads of pain. The man carried himself with … Continue reading

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Life lessons from ‘The Sender’

A review of The Sender: A story about when right words make all the difference Admittedly a fan of leadership books in general, I was certain to like Kevin Elko and Bill Beausay’s The Sender. But what I didn’t anticipate … Continue reading

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