What If

What if I lose my job?What if she's pregnant?What if he doesn't come home tonight?What if she gets in a wreck?What if he doesn't get into college?What if I get caught?What if, what if, what if.Living in the "what ifs" leads to a life of anxiety and stress.Come out...

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Reflections On The Top 100 Meeting

I got back Wednesday night from the meeting of the pastors of the 100 largest United Methodist Churches in the country. Monday's post described the meeting and its leadership.Some highlights:The leadership team gave a call to large church pastors to take the lead in...

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What I Used To Do For A Living

Quick: what is the highest attended sporting event in the world?Well, according to the United States Tennis Assocation, it's the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament which opened on Monday in Flushing Meadow, New York. Last year, over 700,000 people attended the event over its...

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Lyrical Moments

A lot of you know that I love a good rock song.In fact, in an earlier post, I let you know some of my favorite moments from particular songs.And sometimes rock lyrics move beyond the realm of rock 'n roll and into poetry. How does that happen? When words flow together...

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Top 100 United Methodist Churches

Today I'm headed to a first-of-its-kind conference. It's a meeting of the pastors of the 100 largest United Methodist Churches in the United States. There are over 34,000 UMCs in our country, and Good Shepherd is one of the top 100 in terms of average Sunday...

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While You’re Reading This . . .

. . . I'm on my way to Nashville, Tennessee, where my wife Julie and I are taking our daughter Taylor back to college at Vanderbilt University.Taylor will be a sophomore there. Yes, I'm proud she was even accepted at Vandy. And yes, I'm proud that she made the Dean's...

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More Thrive Alive

Thrive Alive has been really good. All summer.We had about 400 people at the first one in RiverGate, 200 or so at the second one at PlazaFiesta, and then 300 at Winget Park.So this Saturday will be the best one of all.On the Good Shepherd Lawn. Inflatables. Food....

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Addiction Epidemic

I am blessed.That might be an odd first sentence for a post with the title "Addiction Epidemic," but it's true.It's true because people trust me with some of the most serious areas of their lives. That's quite an honor.And the thing that keeps coming into my office is...

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The Whole Is Greater Than The Sum Of Its Parts

We have an interesting bunch of pastors and leaders at Good Shepherd. You can see their pictures and read their bios here.Leading a group like this is full of the same kinds of highs and lows you experience with any family. Moments of great inspiration are often...

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Fixed Blinds

I was away this weekend at my nephew's wedding in Highlands, North Carolina. It's a pretty spectacular place and the wedding itself kept pace with its surroundings.But when I checked back in to church on Sunday night, I noticed that some of the blinds in the Worship...

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