How Methodist?

Notice anything about these two church logos?Neither mention Methodism.Yet these are two of the most influential and effective Methodist churches in the USA -- one of them in Indiana and the other in Houston.There's some interesting conversation in the blogosphere...

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Hospitals

I'll be visiting in the hospitals later today.Occasionally I'll hear that pastors of churches the size of Good Shepherd don't do hospital visitation anymore.Now I don't do all of it. I share responsibilities with Rich Tuttle, our Pastor of Congregational Care, who has...

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Planning A Series

So today we had a planning meeting to lay out the first Sunday morning message series of 2009.And as always happens, more and better ideas emerge out of that group than I could ever come up with on my own. Those meetings are why series like Oddballs and Loved have...

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“No” Is A Complete Sentence.

I'm quite fond of telling parents "'No' is a complete sentence." It gives parents a renewed sense of authority and strength.However, I not nearly as good at realizing the same thing is true in church.Most church leaders are like me: someone in the church has an idea...

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ChristmasTIME

I love the way Galatians 4:4 puts it:"But when the fulness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law . . . " (NASB).The "fulness of time" is our focus this Christmas season at Good Shepherd.The times we are in are unprecedented....

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The Dangers Of Competency

In recent weeks, I have been nostalgic for the attitude and spirit I had when pastoring at Mt. Carmel Church in Monroe from 1990-1999.It was a small church tucked in an out-of-the-way location. The only way you drove by the church was if you were going to the church....

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Calling In Sick

For the last two mornings, I have had this strong desire to call in sick.Now I'm not sick, mind you.But the bed felt awfully warm. And there were some things on my schedule that I simply didn't want to face. And I knew the days ahead were long.So I thought, "wouldn't...

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Reading Glasses

I bought some reading glasses yesterday.#*@#.I have just gotten tired of moving the morning paper or my current novel or my bible farther and farther away from my face to read.So I gave in and bought a pair of $6 reading glasses.You know what's the worst thing about...

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The Annoying Love Of Jesus

Here's a video, put together by John Pavlovitz and Joe Jackson, that really brought home the point of yesterday's service, The Annoying Love Of Jesus.So be on the lookout for the persistent, relentless, annoying love of God in your life today.

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