Fashion Statement Launch

Throw on a scarf here. Add some bling there. Don’t forget the shoes – they make the man, you know.We all make our own fashion statement. Some are more adept at it than others. We often pile on the accessories in hopes of elevating our outward appearance. It happens in...

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When A Sermon Is From The Bible . . . But Not Biblical

It is quite possible to preach a sermon that appears to be from the bible ... but is not at all biblical.How do you do that? By taking interesting, provocative, preachable verses, yanking them out of their immediate surroundings in the text, and preaching them that...

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Marathoning And Sprinting

Sometimes ministry is like running a marathon.Slow, plodding, relentless. These are the weeks in which a pastor can devote time to relationship building and long term planning. Last week was a marathon week for me.But then there are other times in which ministry is...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five John Mellancamp Songs

Early on, I didn't like John Mellancamp.First, there was the name. What was it? John Cougar? Johnny Cougar? John Cougar Mellancamp? Johnny Mellancamp? Mellan Johnnycamp? Why couldn't he just settle on one?Then, musically he seemed to me at first blush to be a poor...

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The Next Series

We were going to show this particular video promo at the conclusion of Sunday's service.Except it didn't really fit the mood that developed at each of our gatherings. We concluded our worship time with an old fashioned altar call, and then sat back and watched as God...

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A Recent Staff Mantra

I've been saying it so much to staff recently that they've begun repeating it back to me with wry smiles.The most important part of your job is not your job. It's helping this team be the best team it can be.Inspired by Patrick Lencioni's Five Dysfunctions Of A Team,...

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Jaw Dropping

This past Sunday evening, our Good Shepherd youth descended on Uptown Charlotte to put hands and feet to a living relationship with Jesus Christ.In lieu of their customary BigHouse Gathering in our Corner Campus, 220 students and volunteers ventured to the uptown area...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Potential Sermon Series

This will be a very different kind of Top Five Tuesday.For one, they are five things that haven't happened yet.For another, you'll help determine which ones actually happen and possibly even the order in which they happen.Here's what's going on: I already have the...

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