Crescendo, Week Five: Know

If you're paying attention, you may notice a slight deviation in the arc of Crescendo.While the series comes from Psalm 146-150 and the crescendo of praise that section offers to God . . . we skipped Psalm 149.OK, I skipped Psalm 149.I couldn't really figure out how...

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The Past

William Faulker famously noted, "The past isn't dead. It isn't even past."I wonder if he ever spent time in my office.People bring a lot of baggage from their past that ends up poisoning their present. Both things done to them and things they've done to...

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Improving Upon An Idea

About six weeks ago, I dropped by the office of Chris Macedo, our Music & Worship Pastor.I was working on a message for the Crescendo series, this one from Psalm 150. Here's the text of Psalm 150 in the NIV:1 Praise the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary;praise him...

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Top Five Tuesday — Ministry Toolbox

This is the season of the year when many United Methodist pastors begin new assignments.I've only been through that kind of season twice -- once in 1990 when I graduated from seminary and began serving Mt. Carmel & Midway Churches in Monroe and again in 1999 when...

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3 Guys, 700 Screaming Kids

Our 2010 Vacation Bible School culminated this past Friday night with a concert with The Go Fish Guys.It was a raucous, sold-out affair, with music, beach balls, and kids.Lots and lots of kids. You can find out more about the Go Fish Guys here.

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Crescendo’s Crescendo

Here's a promise: this week's reading of Psalm 150 will be the most vivid experience you've ever had of a Scripture presentation in church.I can't wait.I like the message, too.The sound is building...Sunday.8:30. 10. 11:30.

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Glory & Joy

In the aftermath of Text Message, I'm still reading the bible out loud each day. It adds so much to the experience.And I've been reading in a section of the New Testament I often overlook: I & II Thessalonians.Anyway, in I Thessalonians 2, Paul writes urgently of...

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Preaching Like Seinfeld

Jerry Seinfeld's comedic genius revolves around his ability to expose the absurd buried in the familiar.Here's are some examples:According to most studies, people's number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that sound right?...

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Top Five Tuesday — Five Reasons VBS Rocks

We started Vacation Bible School last night.This year's theme is Backstage With The Bible and culminates with a Go Fish Guys concert on Friday night.But I've been working in VBS for pretty much the past 20 years. Why do I continue to be involved personally?1. Kids...

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Local Heroes

One of the most under-rated songs from Bruce Springsteen's catalog is Local Hero off the Lucky Town album. Here are some local heroes of mine.Eleven volunteers from Good Shepherd who are spending this week in New Orleans, Louisiana.Far from Bourbon Street.They are...

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