Without Limit

Without Limit starts on Sunday:It's going to be different. It's going to be daring. It's going to be dangerous.Kind of like the Holy Spirit himself.To make space for the Spirit to be given without any limits, we're having Healing Services every Monday night in...

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Passion & Compassion

I believe good pastoring comes from equal parts passion and compassion.Passion for the gospel. As Paul says in Romans 1:16: "I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the...

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My Remarkable Mother

Tuesday's edition of the Austin-American Statesman had this article on my mother:AUSTIN AT WORKAt 93, aspiring writer awaits her big break By Ricardo G√°ndaraAMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFFTuesday, January 27, 2009Writers write. They keep at it until they think they have it...

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And I Had A Bad Day . . .

. . . because Gary Williams of the Morning Sports Page on WFNZ radio got a bigger, better job with Sirius/XM radio in New York. This is his last week on the air in Charlotte.For almost ten years, Williams' show has been a staple of my morning routine. In particular,...

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What I’m Praying This Week

I've loved this prayer ever since I first saw it in preparing for the Top Secret series. In fact, I was so fond of it that we handed it out at the conclusion of the Secret Dreams service the other Sunday.The prayer comes from John Piper, a well-known and strongly...

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Asbury Thoughts

A little later today, I'm meeting with a representative from Asbury Theological Seminary. It has to do with alumni relations and fund raising.But as some of you know, my Asbury ties are strong. Really strong.I identify myself much more readily as a graduate of that...

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Preaching With Credibility

Someone who doesn't attend Good Shepherd said this to me recently:"You've got to believe in the guy preaching before you can believe in the God the guy talks about." Interesting.Before a preacher has any credibility on his subject, he has to have credibility in his...

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Rick Warren’s Inauguration Prayer

If you missed it live, you can watch Rick Warren's prayer at President Obama's inauguration here.As with any prayer at a civic function, I got a bit nervous towards the end. Is he going to pray in Jesus' name? Will he be polarizing or compromising?I think he resolved...

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A Mosaic Of Pastors

One day last week, Good Shepherd hosted a gathering from the Mosaix Network, which is a nation-wide ministry of like-minded pastors and church leaders.What is the subject on which all these people are like-minded?Building and growing multi-cultural churches. At Good...

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Top Secret Stuff

Last Sunday (January 11) was one of the most powerful worship experiences we've ever had at Good Shepherd. The title was "Secret Pain" and we dealt with issues of abuse, incest, and trauma, all based on the Tamar-Amnon-Absalom story from 2 Samuel 13.The message was...

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