Movie Night At Good Shepherd

Since the Delivered series is all about the book of Exodus, we wanted to give the entire church family a way to experience Moses' story to a greater extent than is possible on Sunday mornings.So: movie night.My first idea was the Charlton Heston classic, The Ten...

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Pastoral Calls

On occasion, I give phone calls to people I haven't seen around church in awhile.My responses to their reponses have me a bit conflicted.If they respond to my "hey, I've missed seeing you and want to make sure everything is OK" with "oh, sorry, I've just gotten out of...

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A Morning Of Learning

Yesterday, a number of us from staff drove up to Myers Park United Methodist Church to hear a presentation by Ben Witherington, a Professor of New Testament at Asbury Seminary.Dr. Witherington is the most widely published and well known member of the Asbury faculty....

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Dinners

A lot of you know that my wife Julie has a good job in the medical field. She travels, she sells, she manages, and she motivates.And yet when she's home she cooks. Very well. These days, just for the two of us.So here are my Top Five Dinners. If you are reading this...

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The Body Ministering To The Body

Yesterday we concluded the sermon with one sentence testimonies by seven different people from the Good Shepherd community, each of whom is in the process of being "delivered" from the Pharaoh that has plagued their lives.But that wasn't the best part.The best part...

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Becoming What We Be

I'm reading a terrific little monograph by Asbury Seminary President Timothy Tennent called This We Believe: Meditations On The Apostle's Creed.(By the way, I received the book as a gift through the mail and in spite of several internet searches can't locate a way for...

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Preaching To Preachers

We have a number of pastors who attend Good Shepherd.Some of them are missionaries who have returned from overseas and are in the midst of discerning their next steps in ministry.Others are pastors-in-training, studying either at bible college or seminary and in...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Paul Simon Songs

Paul Simon has been on my mind this holiday season.Part of it has to do with his "Getting Ready For Christmas Day," an infectious tune he released in the spring of 2011.The other part of it is because my son Riley gave me a CD copy of Graceland for Christmas....

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