Christmas On Memory Lane Launch

I can't wait for this Sunday.Two reasons.  First, we begin Christmas On Memory Lane, a series of messages, music, and dramatic pieces that has me genuinely excited.  I like the cover art very much as well:Here's a summary of where the series is...

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Preaching Nouns

Reading The Collected Sermons Of Fred B. Craddock has been a revelation.Now: I like reading sermons.  I enjoy seeing on paper (or on screen, for that matter) how a preacher arranges his material and builds his argument.But I love reading these sermons.  I...

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Homosexuality And The Evangelical

Timothy Tennent has done a great favor to those who believe in sexual orthodoxy* with his cogent answer to the charge:  "why do you evangelicals single out homosexuality?"Here's a portion of his reply:However, the reason the issue of homosexuality...

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November 25, 2012 By The Numbers

Yesterday -- Sunday, November 25, 2012 -- involved some interesting numbers in my life and in the life of Good Shepherd United Methodist Church.  Here goes . . .2,846 shoeboxes collected and distributed for Operation Christmas Child.  We set a goal of 2,000...

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Goal Set. Goal Achieved?

I posted a couple of weeks ago about our goal of 2,000 shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child.Well, how'd we do?That's one of the things I'll let you know this coming Sunday, November 25.Along the way, we'll celebrate believer baptisms at 8:30 and 10:00, receive a...

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Tears In Heaven? / Lagrimas En El Cielo?

As I posted last Friday, we held a Noche De Adoracion on the evening of November 16.Noche De Adoracion means "Night Of Adoration" or "Night Of Worship."  It also served as a "soft opening" for our new all-Spanish service that begins on Sunday, December 2 at 11:30...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Songs About Food

Two days from now I won't be blogging, but I will be eating.Odds are, so will you.Food is on our mind this week, and for two primary reasons:  1) we're fixing to remember the Pilgrims' faithfulness as well as our blessings, and 2) Hostess is, temporarily at...

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Plain Proclamation & Clear Invitation

The year 2012 at Good Shepherd has been highlighted by a number of Sunday mornings in which we used the sermon time to give plain proclamation of what it means to be saved by grace and then used the response time to give a clear invitation for people to enter into...

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Making 2,000 Boxes Re-Appear

On November 5, I shared with you how our church was able to make 2,000 Operation Christmas Child Shoe Boxes disappear.  You can read about it here and then watch it here: OCC TIMELAPSE PROMO from GSUMC on Vimeo.Well, this Sunday as we celebrate Gospel Decision,...

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