Not Ashamed Launch

We admit it.We believe some things that might be considered unusual. Even embarrassing.Like we believe that the death of one man hung on two pieces of wood twenty centuries ago is at the center of God’s plan for the salvation of all people. And we also believe that...

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You Can Now Watch The WHOLE THING

We've recently expanded our camera system, upgraded our projection program, and increased the licensing fees we pay so that we can broadcast lyrics and music over the internet.The result?We can now show the whole worship gathering, not just the sermon. And . . . the...

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When A Song Means The Opposite Of What It Says

Bruce Springsteen's "We Take Care Of Our Own" has all the hallmarks of an American rock anthem: pulsing beat, churning guitar riff (with just a hint of keyboards behind it), and feel-good chorus: We take care of our ownWe take care of our ownWe take care of our...

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A Double Revelation

Yesterday's message at church had this as the one point:Worship is our RESPONSE to the REVELATION of who God is.So that was one "revelation" on Sunday ... that the more you are aware of the character, love, and forgiveness of God, the more you respond with sponateous...

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Lights … Camera … Make Up?

As we wind down our time here in Odisha, I spent a couple of hours yesterday recording four sermons that will be broadcast on Indian television.(In case you're interested, I did three from the "Fashion Statement" series and then one from "Christmas Lights" -- a sermon...

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The Courage Of Common Sense

Few words have moved me recently as much as those of Rick Lowry, writing in last week's Time Magazine about the high social cost surrounding the increasing numbers of children born to parents who are not married.Lowry writes what most know to be true even if we are...

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Guest blogging for Talbot from India

Hi everyone! This is James-Michael Smith, one of the members of GSUMC's India team.Talbot is out this afternoon filming some sermons that our ministry partner here will be featuring on his national television program...which means that Talbot's to over a billion...

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Proof The World Is Flat

Today a young church worker from the Kandhamal District of Odisha -- an area characterized by thatch roof housing, wild tigers, and tribal villages -- asked me:"Pastor, are you on Facebook? I'd like to friend you."

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Dubbed On National TV

During my 2011 visit here to India, I recorded four sermons to be broadcast on an Indian religious television station.This past Friday night, one of them aired nationally. A group of about 200 of us watched it together on a large outdoor screen at the Orissa Follow Up...

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