Misc magazine articles by Jamie Buckingham

The following articles, authored by Jamie Buckingham, are from a variety of magazines and publications. Jamie was an award winning columnist. More will be added as they are discovered.

 

Explosion Over Little Rock (Guideposts, April 1968) –  The huge Strategic Air Command bomber swung into position for takeoff. The six jet engines whined with power as they lifted the giant aircraft off the runway into the gray light of dawn…  (This is the article that kicked off Jamie’s writing career and won him the contract for his first book, Run Baby Run.)

One Who Didn’t Answer the Invitation (The Baptist Program, June 1966) – The time was late August, 1953. The place was a youth camp on an island in the middle of a lake in upper New York State. I was an arrogant college student, and this was the summer between my junior and senior years…

A Pastor Takes His Men to IsraelA Pastor Takes His Men to Israel (Ministries Today July/Aug. 1990) – The idea of taking my staff pastors to Israel first ignited when I began praying last year about my Christmas gift to them. As their senior pastor, I wanted to give them something significant, something what would express my love and appreciation for them…

Faith to Move Mountains (Logos Journal Nov. 1974) – The big DC-3, engines stopped, had been sitting at the end of the abandoned Cover - Logos Jounrnal Nov. 1974grass runway at the village of Puerto Limon for almost 5 hours, waiting for the rain to stop. Pilot Roy Minor and co-pilot George Fletcher were pacing up and down the steeply slanted aisle, obviously as restless about the weather as I. We were headed to Bogota. From there the DC-3 would go on to its base at the Summer Institute of Linguistics Center at Limoncocha, Ecuador, and I would catch the air lines for Peru — that is, if we ever got off the ground in this miserable weather…

Conducting The Small Meeting (Ministries magazine – Fall 1983) – When you think of a group of Christian leaders seated around a conference table, your mind should conjure up the impression of a great reservoir of spiritual power. Unfortunately, instead of a reservoir what you often find is a swamp. Both contain water, but while the reservoir is pure water, waiting to be channeled, a swamp is stale, defies runoff (much less channeled use), and is a breeding place for unpleasant — even dangerous — things…

StraightTalk with Jamie (Ministries magazine – Fall 1983) (Q&A with Jamie) – Q. I’m a pastor who is considering a call to a new church and the finance committee has asked if I will be willing to come for less than I’m being paid in my present position. How should I respond?…

My Summer of Miracles (Charisma – April 1991) – The diagnosis of cancer the doctors gave Jamie - My Summer of Miracles - Charisma 1991me last July had a terrifying way of clearing my life of all other priorities. Helpless, I was face-to-face with the possibility I could die within weeks…

If You Shoot First, Don’t Answer Questions Later (The Christian Outdoorsman, July/August 1988) – It was 10 years ago when Mickey Evans, a tough-talking, tender-hearted cowboy-preacher who runs an alcohol rehab center near Indiantown, first invited me into the Big Cypress Swamp bordering the Florida Everglades. Mickey killed an eight-point buck and I shot two wild boar on that trip. Since then, every December, Mickey and I have spent five days hunting on 2,000 acres of leased land just north of the Big Cypress in a place called the Devil’s Garden, southwest of Lake Okeechobee…

The Last Word (Logos Journal, March/April 1978) – One of the advantages of living in the country is the quietness. One of the disadvantages is having to fool with the water system…

The Last Word (Logos Journal – Nov. 1974) “It was our last Sunday in the mountains and the family decided to go to church.”

The Last Word (Logos Journal – March 1974) Some of us have been honestly questioning why we’re not seeing more “signs and wonders.” It is true that accompanying the new move of the Holy spirit, there are more miracles, healings and dramatic answers to prayer than this generation has ever seen. But any way you look at it, we’re still a long way from the standard set in the book of Acts…

Don’t call me Reverend (“The Last Word” – Logos Journal – May 1972) “Pastor, Parson, Brother, Friend; But please don’t call me Reverend.” “One of the modern-day security blankets we status-hungry professionals use is the printing of titles before our names. This makes us seem important even though we are still clods.”

These four articles by Jamie Buckingham were published in a book called Solving The Ministry’s Toughest Problems, published by Strang Communications Company in 1984.  How Do You Take Over From A Previous Pastor?; How Do You Conduct Committee Meetings?; What Books Are Necessary For Your Library? and Straight Answers To Specific Questions.

Team Spirit News cover w.Jamie 1986Team Spirit News (1986) Jamie and Jackie Buckingham breezed into Romford (England), blessed us, and breezed out again! Their willingness to come and be with us was both a surprise and a privilege, although all too brief. We thoroughly enjoyed having them with us, for, apart from Jamie’s ‘laid-back story telling’ approach to ministry, they are just good fun to have around…

Reconciliation (Publication unknown, around 1983) Jamie discusses the importance of reconciliation with former associates, relatives, and friends, and the difference between that and the restoration of relationships, which may never be possible. He uses his own life, and his church, as an example. “It has been 15 years since the Brevard Baptist Association refused to seat our church at the annual association meeting….”

Announcements (“The Last Word” – Logos Journal – Nov. 1973) “For years churches have been plagued with something in the order of worship called announcements. Like vaccinations and haircuts, they are seen as necessities which at best can only be tolerated….”

What’s All This Flap About a Seagull? (Christian Life Magazine – March 1973) A critical and telling review of the book Jonathan Livingston Seagull.

A Quiet Evening at Home with The Children (Home Life Magazine – April 1969) In one of his first stories published in a national periodical, Jamie has fun with a dinner gone wrong with his 5 kids.

Looking for an Angel (Guideposts – 1997 — Reprinted posthumously) – It was hot that July afternoon in 1970 and the air-conditioning in the bookstore felt good as I slipped in the back door. The store was operated by people from our church in Melbourne, Fla., and my 15-year-old son, Bruce, had a summer job there. He was just opening a shipment of books as I stood watching, enjoying the cool air. “What are people writing about today?” I asked Bruce. “Satan,” he said, grimacing. “Satan and demons. Look at these titles.” He was right…

Prayer is Growth (Breakthrough Intercessor – 1996 — Reprinted posthumously) “There is a frightening tendency, when we talk about intercession, to immediately drop over into methodology. We want to nail God down and try to make Him work the same way each time we pray…”

— Articles by Jackie Buckingham —

All in a Mother’s Day (Charisma, May 1988) – by Jackie Buckingham – Reprinted from Help! I’m a Pastor’ Wife, edited by Michele Buckingham – I was on my way through the Atlanta airport one morning, rushing to catch a connecting flight from my home in Melbourne, Florida, to wherever it was that my husband, Jamie, had called for me to meet him. As I rounded a corner, I came face-to-face with a woman about my own age. “Oh,” she gasped, a look of recognition spreading across her face. “I know you. You’re Bob Mumford’s wife.”…