Fund Raisers & The Church

This weekend I led a group through our First Step class, which is the vehicle for membership at Good Shepherd Church. It was a fun group, full of people of diverse ages, backgrounds, and expectations.But the group got the most energized when I told them about our...

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Over My Head

Confessions Of A Pastor continues this Sunday.And it's a genuine confession: I feel completely inadequate.I had a friend in high school tell me once that I was a "simmering cauldron of insecurities."Some friend, right? Actually, you can find out more about him...

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A Surprised Architect & Immersion Baptism

Back in 2003, we were designing the Worship Center we now use. I remember telling the architect that I wanted space for a portable baptismal pool so that we could do immersion baptisms in church. (The Lake Wylie baptisms in January were never very popular.)Anyway, the...

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Encouragement & Criticism

I have an Encouragement File that I keep in the drawer closest to my chair at the office. That's where I put all the attaboys I receive: cards, letters, and emails from people who have taken the time to tell me I'm doing a good job at one facet of ministry or...

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24th Anniversary

Back on June 9, 1984 . . .Ghostbusters was the #1 movie in America;"Time After Time" was the #1 song in Kasey Kasem's Top 40;The Celtics and Lakers were battling for the NBA title;Ronald Reagan and Walter Mondale were campaigning for the presidency;and Julie Munoz and...

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Junaluska Reflections

I told you last week that I was travelling to Lake Junaluska, NC for the yearly meeting of the Western North Carolina Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. That's an official sounding mouthful.A couple of conference highlights:Good Shepherd's own Rich...

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Confessions Of A Pastor

It's here: Confessions Of A Pastor.It's a series a lot of us are excited about around here. It's based on the book of the same name by Craig Groeschel. You can see more about the book here.Here's the series trailer:This Sunday's installment: Sometimes I Don't Like...

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Why I Am A Methodist

Today I'll be travelling to Lake Junaluska North Carolina for the Western North Carolina Annual Conference. It's a yearly (think that's why they call it "Annual Conference"?) gathering of about 2500 preachers and church members from across the western part of our...

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Pretty Good Expectations

This might sound suprising since I've been preaching a long time and Good Shepherd is a large church, but leadership is probably my weakest area. A lot of you have heard me say that I'm much better at leading a congregation as its pastor than I am at leading a staff...

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NUMB3RS Series Finale

James-Michael Smith brought NUMB3RS to a fitting conclusion yesterday.Here's the video that led into his own sermon:Trust me, the message itself had more of a point than the video!James-Michael reminded the church that what John sees and what John hears in Revelation...

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