Blog entries tagged Tupelo


1. 39 Years and Counting

August 22, 2013

What were you doing 39 years ago today?

2. Loosening the Dirt

June 2, 2013

Two weeks ago when we flew to Chicago, I got a message from Chris Fabry asking if I would appear on his radio program to talk about the Moody Pastors Conference and whatever else was on my mind. It turned out that we discussed many personal things, mostly centering on how the Lord led us from Chicago to Tupelo to Dallas and how our lives hav...

3. “He Got Out!”

April 21, 2013

One little boy couldn’t wait for the end of the story.

4. 1625

December 31, 2011

A few minutes ago I finished my final bike ride of 2011.My total for the year comes to 1625 miles, pushing my all-time miles ridden to 28449. Today I rode my usual route on the county road from Bissell Baptist Church over to the Natchez Trace. For the last two years they’ve been working on the extension that will bring Highway 6 all the way i...

5. Day 5: Betsy’s Story

October 25, 2011

Here’s the video from Day 5 in which you get a glimpse of our first session with the students and also we share a testimony from Betsy, a student from Taiwan....

6. Friday Scattershooting

January 7, 2011

News and notes from everywhere . . .*I have set out to use the new edition of Operation World in my prayer times this year. I highly recommend the book for anyone who wants the most up-to-the minute glimpse of what God is doing around the world.*"Snow Expected in Region This Weekend.” That’s the Friday headline in the Tupelo paper....

7. The Great Don Wildmon

September 19, 2010

“We’re here tonight to honor the great Don Wildmon."That’s how emcee Gil Mertz introduced last night’s gala banquet at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. If there’s one thing I know for certain, it’s that the guest of honor didn’t want anyone calling him great. It’s not his style.&n...

8. Day 1 at the Values Voter Summit

September 17, 2010

This morning we woke up at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. This grand old hotel has welcomed kings and queens, presidents and potentates over its storied 80-year history. This weekend several thousand eager conservative activists have gathered for the Values Voter Summit. Given the rise of the Tea Party movement and the upcoming midterm ...

9. This and That

January 23, 2010

*I’m writing this note at 11:45 PM on Friday night. In just a few hours I’ll be on my way to the SIM Missionary Village in Sebring, Florida. It’s a lovely spot established for missionaries who have returned to the States after 30 or 40 or 50 years on the mission field. I’m the speaker for their Bible conference that starts o...

10. Friendship Gathering This Thursday Night

January 19, 2010

If you live anywhere near Tupelo, MS, you are invited to our first-ever KBM Friendship Gathering this Thursday (January 21) from 7-9 PM at the home of Bert and Danna Duncan, 1876 Pecan Grove in Tupelo. This is a home version of the Friendship Banquet we had in Chicago in October. We’ll start with some refreshments, then we’re going to h...

11. My Elvis Presley T-Shirt

September 29, 2009

When I arrived home from my trip to Canada, Marlene said, “I’ve got something for you.” It turned out to be a very nice birthday present that she gave me last night since I celebrated my birthday on Saturday. She found a birthday card with a picture of Indiana Jones on the front that read, “When they ask how old you are, tak...

12. Preaching at First Baptist, Tupelo

June 20, 2009

Tomorrow I am speaking at the First Baptist Church of Tupelo in both the morning and evening services. Service times are 8:30 and 11 AM and 6 PM. The church meets at 300 N. Church Street in downtown Tupelo. I spoke there a number of times in 2006 and 2007, and I’ve been speaking lately at the Wednesday prayer service. We have many friends at ...

13. On the Air—Almost Every Tuesday

January 10, 2009

Starting next Tuesday (January 13), I’m going to be on the air live on American Family Radio. For over a year I’ve been taking part in a monthly program on AFR called “Fire Away” where we discuss various hot topics and invite calls from listeners across America. AFR has just launched a brand-new format on 126 stations called…

14. Traveling Light

January 9, 2009

This week we’ve been doing some major housecleaning that started when we decided it was time to get things organized. In our particular situation, there is really no demarcation between our home and the ministry because, as I like to tell people, the “world headquarters” of Keep Believing Ministries is in my office at home and in ...

15. We Joined the Church Today

December 28, 2008

This morning Marlene and I joined Harrisburg Baptist Church in Tupelo. To say that we waited a long time would be true, given that we moved to Tupelo in October 2005 and started attending Harrisburg more or less on a regular basis sometime in 2006.┬áIn the last three years we have seen the other side of church life—the view from the pew, ...

16. Tracking Hurricane Gustav

August 31, 2008

For the last 36 hours, all eyes have been focused on the Gulf of Mexico as Hurricane Gustav slowly makes it way toward the northern gulf coast, probably making landfall just west of New Orleans sometime tomorrow. Three years ago Hurricane Katrina devastated southern Louisiana and the Mississippi coast. With rebuilding far from complete, another mas...

17. Preaching at Two Churches in Tupelo This Sunday

June 7, 2008

Tomorrow I’m speaking three times at two different churches in Tupelo. I’m speaking at the Church at Trace Crossing at 10:30 AM and at Harrisburg Baptist Church at 5 & 6 PM.

18. Chicken Biscuits, Shiloh, and Slugburgers

June 2, 2008

This morning we are going to visit Shiloh Military Battlefield, about an hour and a half north of Tupelo. We’re making the trip because Maria and Kevin (Vanessa’s mother and step-father) are visiting from California. They arrived last Tuesday after driving five days across the country. Maria came to Tupelo in Ma ...

19. Preaching in Tupelo the Next Two Sundays

May 29, 2008

I will be preaching in Tupelo the next two Sundays:June 1 Harrisburg Baptist Church, 6 PM (Awaken Service)June 8 Church at Trace Crossing, 10:30 AM Harrisburg Baptist Church, 6 PM (Awaken Service)If you are in the area, I hope you’ll join us for one of these services.

20. A Strange Week in Tupelo

May 10, 2008

It’s been a strange week here in Tupelo. On Thursday a tornado blew through the area, damaging homes and buildings and downing tree but with no serious injuries. I think it’s left us all a bit jumpy. Earlier today our neighbor called to say that we ought to check our attic. When they checked theirs, they saw lig ...

21. Tornado in Tupelo

May 8, 2008

The weather radar a few minutes agoWe were awakened this morning by an enormous clap of thunder followed by lightning followed by extremely high winds followed by the sound of the warning system blaring in the distance. The tornado that passed through Tupelo around 8 AM came through our subdivision. It blew down a tree in t ...

22. Final Session from Czech Republic Now Online

May 5, 2008

Monday Afternoon 1:57 PMIn the basement atMiss Sophie’s inPrague, Czech RepublicI am writing this note from Miss Sophie’s, a combination hostel/hotel in the heart of Prague. After we finished the Josiah Venture conference yesterday, Marlene and I rode the train (about 3 1/2 hours) from Ostrava to Prague. We got ...

23. Snow in Tupelo

March 8, 2008

When we woke up this morning, we saw something we hardly ever see in Tupelo—snow!Gary and Dudley cavorting in the backyard.The view from our front yard.As far as news items go, a couple of inches of snow in Tupelo doesn’t rate very high. But it’s a big deal in northeast Mississippi, notwithstanding the fact tha ...

24. Speaking to Tupelo Singles Meeting Tonight

February 5, 2008

I’m speaking tonight to the Tupelo-area singles meeting at the First Baptist Church of Tupelo. We start with a meal at 6:30 PM followed by the meeting at 7 PM. If you are in the area, please join us this evening.

25. Mr. Sam

December 23, 2007

This morning at church one of the pastors made a presentation to an elderly gentleman known affectionately to the entire congregation as “Mr. Sam.” The pastor began by noting the price of gas in 1952 (17 cents/gallon) and the price of a new home ($17,000) and the cost of a stamp (3 cents). He went on to say that Mr. Sam mad ...

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