Pastor's Pen
Page 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10   Entries 1-5 of 47
February 2, 2015, 12:00 AM

Souper Bowl of Caring


Souper Bowl of Caring


   Many churches of various flavors today will be participating in what has come to be known as the Souper Bowl of Caring. It is always done on Super Bowl Sunday and usually it’s the youth groups that stand at the doors with pots and pans from the church’s kitchen to receive an offering on this championship game day. All of the monies collected go to local Soup Kitchens and I, for one, believe it’s a marvelous way to show our support for our soup kitchen!

   I know there are many people who care less about the Super Bowl and probably feel the same about football in general! I’m not one of those. My personal library is full of books written by professional football coaches who write about taking multi-millionaire athletes and how they mold them into a team. That kind of reading inspires me and I try to make the bridge between what these coaches say and how I try to lead a congregation, and more importantly, the leadership team.

   Lou Holtz is still my favorite and I think I have most everything he has written! He was a great coach! More importantly, he was a great builder of men who would go on to productive lives as husbands, fathers, business men and most any endeavor in life one would travel!

   In Coach Holtz’s book titled: The Fighting Spirit, about his first championship season at Notre Dame, he talks, in Chapter 5, about building a successful life day by day. He ends that chapter with this poem titled “The Builder.”


                        I saw a group of men in my hometown.

                        I saw a group of men tearing a building down.

                        With a heave and a ho and a mighty yell,

                        They swung a beam and the sidewalk fell.

                        And I said to the foreman, “Are these men skilled,’

                        The type you’d hire if you wanted to build?”

                        And he laughed and said, “Why, no indeed.”

                        He said, “Common labor’s all I need.

                        For I can tear down in a day or two

                        What it took a builder ten years to do.”

                        And I thought to myself as I walked away,

                        “Which of these roles am I going to play?

                        Am I the type that constantly tears down

                        As I make my way, foolishly, around?

                        Or am I the type that’s trying to build with care,

                        In hopes that my organization’ll be glad I was there?”

   I hope you will participate in Souper Bowl Sunday, and maybe, just maybe, you will also enjoy the game later this afternoon. 02.01.2015

Dr. Rick Baggett is pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Ardmore (the church with the bells) and can be reached at:

Page 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10   Entries 1-5 of 47