I write so that you will know how one ought to conduct himself in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and support of the truth. (I Timothy 3:15).
Church was always a part of our family’s life, starting with the New Oak Grove Free Will Baptist Church near Nauvoo, Alabama, continuing with the little Methodist Church in a mining camp near Beckley, West Virginia, four years later back to Nauvoo, then college chapel at Berry College near Rome, Georgia. Then, at West End Baptist Church in Birmingham God did a dozen great things in my life forever changing my earthly and heavenly fate. When I left West End, it was to pastor God’s churches.
The Southern Baptist Churches I was privileged to serve have been so faithful, so foolhardy, so daring, so wonderful–
–Unity Baptist Church, Kimberly, Alabama. (1962-63) They were the first, bless ’em.
–Central Baptist Church, Tarrant, Alabama (first six months of 1964, then off to seminary in New Orleans)
–Paradis Baptist Church, Paradis, LA (1965-67 My seminary pastorate. We lived in the back of the building.)
–Emmanuel Baptist Church, Greenville, MS (1967-70)
–FBC Jackson, MS (minister of evangelism) (1971-73)
–FBC Columbus, MS (1974-86)
–FBC Charlotte, NC (1986-89)
–FBC Kenner, LA (1990-2004)
–And finally, as a member (once again) of the great FBC of Jackson, MS, where Bertha and I are members in retirement.
Here is what I have learned–my TWENTY-ONE battle-tested, tried-in-the-fire-and-found-to-be-authentic, strongly held convictions about the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ.