Proudness

Julie and I spent the latter part of last week in Nashville, Tennessee to celebrate our daughter Taylor's graduation from Vanderbilt University.Taylor earned a degree as an English & History major as well as Communications Studies minor. She did it all with an...

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The Unlikeliest Tweet

So we've had the rudest tweet.And then the first tweet.This Sunday, it's time for the unlikeliest tweet.To what kind of person does Jesus beckon, "Come, follow me"?Surely someone who's got it all figured out, right? Or at least someone with a good reputation in the...

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Grace Does More Than Save

I typically think of Grace (God's Riches At Christ's Expense) as that which saves us. We don't deserve to spend eternity in heaven, but because of grace, God sees Jesus when he looks at us instead of seeing our sin, and welcomes us into his kingdom.So far, so good.Yet...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Rolling Stones Songs

Enough of theological reflection, leadership development, church advancement, and even musings on the much deserved demise of a terrorist mastermind.How about some good old fashioned rock & roll?Along with Led Zeppelin and the Eagles, the Rolling Stones were the...

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Coming Full Circle

Here are a couple of pictures of a dedication service back in June of 2001 when Canaan Eident's parents presented her to God:Nice suit!Now: why would I show you ten year old pictures of an infant celebration?Because yesterday, Canaan was baptized as a believer into...

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JesusTweets, Week Two: The First Tweet

We didn't begin the JesusTweets series with the first tweet.We instead began it with the "Rudest Tweet." Why? Because I couldn't wait to preach on "let the dead bury their own dead." And now I can't wait to preach on the "The First Tweet."I think you'll see that we're...

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Where Does The Money Go?

Many of you were involved in the miracle known as What Child Is This. That's where in lieu of a "traditional" Christmas celebration, the people of Good Shepherd gave $207,000 to the International Justice Mission and its ministry of freedom for sexual slaves and bonded...

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Face Time

At last week's Leading Edge event in Kansas City, the project's benefactor said something interesting to our table:If you see a CEO on TV advertising his company's product, don't buy the stock. It's obvious he doesn't get it.My mind immediately went to Lee Iaccoca &...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Things I’ve Slept Through

Since I went to bed early this past Sunday night, I was completely unaware of the US military's successful raid against Osama bin Laden until I opened the newspaper (yes, I still read one)on Monday morning.Which got me thinking . . . what are some other major stories...

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An Unusual Applause Line

Every so often, something I say in a sermon elicits spontaneous applause from the people of Good Shepherd. I can't generally predict when this will happen . . . usually it follows a bold-ish comment about the unique-ness of the Risen Christ.It's certainly most common...

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