If You Can Keep From Preaching, Do It!

Posted by on Nov 30, 2012 in personal stuff, Preaching | 16 comments

One day, I had a conversation with a friend who was seeking to discern whether the Lord was calling him to pastoral or pulpit ministry. As he discussed it with me, he noted that he had mentioned this matter to me several times before without comment from me. He was right. I hadn’t responded. And I sensed that he was waiting on a response this time. So I prayed an emergency prayer to God about what to say. And what came to my mind is what...

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I Want More Than Four More Years!

Posted by on Nov 7, 2012 in Pastoral Ministry, personal stuff, Shiloh | 8 comments

Four years ago, a monumental election took place. And right in the middle of the election, the economy collapsed. But I was not paying attention. I had monumental issues going on in my life and ministry that I was preoccupied with. During the summer of 2008, I was engaged in a process that would eventually result in me becoming the Senior-Pastor of the Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church of Jacksonville. The Wednesday after the election of...

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The Neglected Blessing of a Loving Congregation

Posted by on Jun 8, 2012 in Leadership, Pastoral Ministry, personal stuff | 4 comments

I was in the middle of a spectacular church fight. It was my first pastorate. I was barely 21. And I had reached my “Popeye” moment. “That’s all I can stand, and I can’t stands no more!” There were several out-of-town speaking engagements before me. I determined I would resign when I returned him home. I wanted to do something else. I wanted to get married. I wanted out of this foolish conflict with church...

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A Older Man, Still A Young Preacher

Posted by on Feb 11, 2012 in personal stuff, Special days | 1 comment

Several months ago, one of my staff members sat in myoffice. He shared with me how an older pastor had offended him with unkindwords. I tried to encourage him. I don’t remember exactly what Isaid. But it went something like this: “Don’t worry about it. Older preachershave a way of… us younger preachers.” Staff member’s response: “Did you say, ‘Us youngpreachers?’” Ouch. He was right. I am not young anymore. Today is my 39th birthday. I have...

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Our 13th Wedding Anniversary

Posted by on Dec 12, 2011 in Crystal, Marriage, personal stuff | 0 comments

Thirteen years ago today I was blessed to marry the love of my life, Crystal. Crystal and I met in high school. Los Angeles High School. Go Romans! I was a senior. She was in the tenth grade. We met in Coach Williams World History Class. We sat next to each other. And every day, Crystal would ask me if I had my homework (probably, so she could cheat). Most times, I had not done my homework, either. I would have let he cheat if I did! I thought...

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Happy First Birthday!!! Hailey Breanne Charles

Posted by on Mar 24, 2009 in Birthdays, Hailey Breanne, personal stuff | 7 comments

A year ago today, Crystal, H.B., Natalie, and I headed to an important family appointment at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. It was the day after Easter. But that Monday was the day we had been anticipating – our new baby was to be born. Crystal craved pancakes from The Griddle, Rosco’s Chicken and waffles, and KFC hot wings the whole pregnancy. Being the devoted hustband that I am, I joined her. “We” (H.B., in the Greek)...

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