Why Did I Ever Stop?

Each Thursday morning this fall, I teach a class called Invitation To Genesis to fifteen or so very animated people from Good Shepherd.I taught this kind of class religiously in my early years at Good Shepherd. But for the last three years -- citing "scheduling...

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Cable’s Out

I got home last night and the cable was out.And it's not an area-wide outage, which means crews couldn't fix the problem last night; they'll have to stop by some time today.But what did that mean for last night? No TV. No computer. No internet access. It's all tied in...

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My Kind Of Intervention

One more post about this past Sunday.I woke up sick on Sunday morning. Not real sick, just enough to know that I was going to get a cold or sinus infection or something that could interfere with my energy level or the strength of my voice.I told a couple of guys early...

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Love Your Money MORE

Yesterday, the one point in my sermon ran counter to the understanding most people bring to church and bring to money. I told the church to "Love your money MORE."Of course, this seemed to go against what even casual observers of Christianity know that the bible says...

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Something You’ve Never Heard Before

I think you are going to hear something at church this Sunday that you've never heard at church before.I think.I'm excited to able to say this thing, I know that.Oddball. Week 4. 8:30. 10:00. 11:30.

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If These Walls Could Talk

I continue to be amazed at the level at which people share with me in counseling.It is a high privilege that people trust me with so much.It is also a deep responsibility.What does that responsibility demand of me in pastoral counseling?Confidentiality -- if people...

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After Nirvana

In an earlier post, I talked about some of my favorite rock lyrics of all time. I thought it was a pretty good list.Until somebody pointed out to me that all of the songs were over 20 years old.So that got me thinking. Am I really so old (46) that I can't appreciate...

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What Worked

Pathfinder is one of the best things we've ever done.It's a high-touch, low-threat way of doing small groups around here.After years of struggling to match people with existing groups or start new groups in an old-fashioned way, we simplified the whole thing. Come to...

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Odd Still Does Not Equal Obnoxious

Our Discipleship Pastor James-Michael Smith brought it home yesterday with his sermon "Odd Does Not Equal Obnoxious."It was so nice to experience it as a worshipper and a learner rather than a preacher.You can listen to his talk here. Scroll down and click on Sunday's...

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Odd Does Not Equal Obnoxious

Unfortunately, way too many of Jesus' followers thing being odd is synoymous with being obnoxious.Or worse:This Sunday we'll see just how far that is from authentic, oddball, holiness.Because odd does not equal obnoxious. It's so much more.8:30. 10:00. 11:30.

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