When Doing More Leads To Less

In preparing for an upcoming series, I looked through some planning and brainstorming notes from an earlier series. (Piece Of Work from 2009, if you must know which one.)And as I looked through the notes, what came to my mind was, "what in the world were we...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Scriptures On Eternal Life

While it can be dangerous to attach too much importance to single verses of Scripture -- thereby yanking them out of context -- nevertheless there is something so powerful about certain sentences in the bible.Especially those that speak of eternal life.These are the...

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Fashion Statement Rewind

Yesterday, Ron Dozier brought Fashion Statement to a close with a message called "Hand Me Downs." It's been an eventful seven weeks: we prepared 193,000 meals for Fed Up Sunday, collected 1310 shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child, and had a surge of worship...

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A BigHouse Talk

As the Student Ministry Team was away at a conference this past weekend, other staffers and volunteers led BigHouse on Sunday night.It was another example of the recent staff mantra: the most important thing about your job is not your job. It's helping this be the...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Movies

I admit it: I like books better than movies.Not that I don't like movies; just that the movie version of a book is never as rich or as nuanced as what is in print.Nevertheless, as Thanksgiving and Christmas approach, it's time to look to film. Hollywood releases some...

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1200 And Counting . . .

The people of Good Shepherd are pretty good with goals.Last year, for example, we wanted to raise $150,000 for the International Justice Misison and its ministry of freedom from sexual slavery. The people of the church gave $207,000.Then on October 30, we hoped to...

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Cool Threads

If you win the Masters, you get a Green Jacket.If you're nominated for an Oscar, you walk down the red carpet showing off your designer dress.If you become a famous attorney, people talk about your "power tie."If you're a rock & roll icon, teenagers wear T-shirts with...

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Two Sprints & Boxes Everywhere

We are in an unusual season at Good Shepherd in that we are having back to back sprints.The first sprint was our Radical Impact Project known as Fed Up Sunday. We're still reeling from how good God was to our community that day.But instead of taking a pause to allow...

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Progress, Counseling, and Church Unique

I recently heard a pastor I respect very much say that church leaders who place a high value on progress are typically very poor at pastoral counseling. What he was saying made intuitive sense: people who have a bias for progress by definition look to the future. They...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Tuttle-Isms

A few weeks ago, I spent two-and-a-half days with a group of United Methodist pastors sitting under the teaching of Robert Tuttle, a retired professor from, among other places, Asbury Seminary.Tuttle's time in Wilmore came after I was a student there, so this was my...

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