Pastor Paul's Perspective


Be On Guard Against Wardrobe Malfunctions

WOW!!! How great was it to be back at church last Sunday?

After 9 weeks with no "in person" church, it was a special time for us to gather back together and worship as the body of believers we know as West Pines Baptist Church.

But coming together at this time is not for everybody. So, please know that I am encouraging you to be smart about coming to church. If you are at all concerned, please stay at home and watch our livestream on the church facebook page or on our website at


Security Changes Everything

About 100 years or so ago, when I was in seminary, I was taking a Pastoral Counseling class. I remember the professor speaking of the importance of security and significance in marriage and parent-child relationships. This idea of security and significance has, over the years, become a key element in my counseling.

When marriages are on the rocks, I often ask one or both of the spouses, "Do you feel secure and significant in your marriage relationship?" The answer often reveals a lot.

When children are struggling with their identity or their place in this world, I often ask them, "Do you feel secure in being loved by your parents?" Once again, the answer often reveals a lot.


Making Use of Our Time

Hide & Seek . . . what a great game we used to play as kids! Do you remember counting before you went seeking? Do you remember, "Apple, peaches, pumpkin pie - who's not ready, holler I!"  So creative. 

I mention hide & seek for two reasons:

1. It seems like, over the past month, we've been doing a lot of hiding and, I hope, seeking.


A Study In Contrast

Contrast: to compare in order to show unlikeness or differences; note the opposite natures, purposes.

There is a lot of "contrast" in the ways people have been (and will be) dealing with COVID-19.

There are a lot of different ways people have "social distanced".

Some of you haven't left your house since sometime around mid-March.

Some of you live with gloves and a face mask and don't take them off, EVER.

Some of you live with anxiety, fear, loneliness, and maybe even depression. (Note: I read today that the #1 "accompanying factor" in those who have died of COVID-19 is anxiety. Interesting . . .)

For some, your own personal health concerns or the concerns of your loved ones have dictated your level of social distancing and isolation.

For others, life hasn't really changed that much. You leave the house regularly for work and other "essential" things. You haven't worn gloves and only wear a face mask when public sentiment demands it. You have no anxiety and have actually enjoyed this down time of social distancing and have kept super busy accomplishing things that needed to be done.


We Hear, We Think, We Do

Who are you listening to?

Seriously, where are you going for your information and updates as we navigate this COVID-19 pandemic?

Our way of thinking will be determined by who we are listening to. It's true. 

If you listen to the statistics and predictions you can be either encouraged or discouraged, depending on who you listen to.

Your level of fear is affected by who you listen to.
Your belief in "conspiracy" is affected by who you listen to.
Your love or hate for President Trump is affected by who you listen to.


But Incredibly Good News!!!

Hello West Pines and Happy Easter (almost)!!!

This Sunday, April 12, we will be celebrating Easter a little differently as we do church online.

Easter 2020 will be different in a lot of ways:

  • No new outfit to look spiffy in (wife smokin' hot in Pink happyface)
  • No Easter eggs being dropped by a helicopter on the heads of thousands of kids (what were they thinking???)
  • No Easter baskets for our children
  • No SonRise service with communion
  • No choir program bringing the suffering of Jesus to life
  • No family gathering for Easter dinner (OK, maybe we'll still do this one)
  • No . . . 

With all these "no"s, there is still a lot of "YES" for Easter 2020:


An Uphill Climb Of Our Own

One of my favorite TV shows growing up was Gilligan's Island. Do you remember it??? It's a show based on, well, here's the song that tells the story: 

Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale
A tale of a fateful trip
That started from this tropic port
Aboard this tiny ship.

The mate was a mighty sailing man,
The skipper brave and sure.
Five passengers set sail that day
For a three hour tour, a three hour tour

The weather started getting rough,
The tiny ship was tossed,
If not for the courage of the fearless crew
The Minnow would be lost, the Minnow would be lost.

The ship set ground on the shore of this uncharted desert isle
With Gilligan
The Skipper too,
A millionaire and his wife,
A movie star
The Professor and Mary Ann*,
Here on Gilligan's Isle

So this is the tale of our castaways,
They're here for a long, long time,
They'll have to make the best of things,
It's an uphill climb.

The first mate and his Skipper too
Will do their very best
To make the others comfortable,
In their tropic island nest..

No phone, no lights, no motor car,
Not a single luxury,
Like Robinson Crusoe,
It's primitive as can be.

So join us here each week, my friend,
You're sure to get a smile
From seven stranded castaways,
Here on Gilligan's Isle.

(*In the original version it's "and the rest".
The Professor and Mary Ann were not named)


Legacies of Fear of Faith?

You've probably heard me say this before: I love to watch people.

  • I'll go to the mall (I hate shopping) not to shop, but to get a white chocolate mocha from Starbuck's and sit and watch people.
  • I sit on my front porch and watch people go up and down Melaleuca Lane.
  • I am an observer of human behavior. Ok, I'm a lurker.

If I weren't a pastor, maybe my career path would have been that of sociologist. One who studies the patterns and norms and abnormalities of human behavior. 

So, let me say this . . . 


Security In The Midst of Insecurity

So . . .

How's your "social distancing" going?

No gatherings of more than 10 . . . 
No church.
No library.
No Chick-Fil-A.
No camping at Jetty Park.
No sports on TV.
No softball.

A little honesty here. I'm struggling.


Guest Blog by Pastor Caleb

If you had one opportunity to speak with your loved ones before never seeing them again, what would you say? Would you tell a joke? Would you talk about the weather, or sports, or work? I'm convinced that whatever you said would be important and heartfelt, not trivial.

In Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus had one last opportunity to speak with his loved ones (disciples) before ascending into heaven. Do you know what he said? 


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