A Morning Benefit

One of the benefits of listening to music instead of talking heads on the way to work is that I get to hear this guy sing:

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Flexetarians — Matthew 19:16-30

Yesterday's message -- the third in the Not A Fan series -- was called Flexetarians.The one point "refrain" repeated in the last half of the message was actually a question:When is the last time following Jesus cost you something?It's a question I want people asking...

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Two Reports On Reveal

Last week, I posted on our Reveal Bible Class that is such an integral part of the Not A Fan series. You can read that post here.After last night's class, I received two more interesting reports about the experience.  Check it out: Can I just tell you that...

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The Push Me Pull You Of Ministry

Dr. Doolittle featured this rather improbable animal, aptly named the Push Me Pull You:Hard to make a lot of progress in that kind of body, isn't it?There are seasons of ministry life where I feel like that.Specifically: many times the church needs me to lead and I...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Things I’ve Never Done

I've been able to do a lot in my life.I've been to Australia.  I've lived in Texas, New Jersey, Kentucky, and North Carolina.  I won some tennis matches that mattered.  I've been able to pastor among some terrific people.  This summer, I even...

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You Did It, Good Shepherd

Yesterday's Charlotte Observer contained this article on the Hope House, the home the people of Good Shepherd bought, renovated, and then gifted to On Eagles' Wings Ministry for use in the rescue and restoration of under-age girls victimized by the domestic sex...

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Not A Fan, Week 2 — What A Mess

So it's Week 2 of a series that's off to a really good start around here:  Not A Fan.Already, more of the people of this church are opening up Scripture, signing up to serve, and preparing to lift up their hearts to the Lord in praise on Sunday.Which we'll need...

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I Love It When A Plan Comes Together . . .

In introducing the Not A Fan series, we wanted to give the people of the church some concrete next steps.  After all, what's the point of getting people motivated on a Sunday with no tangible way to respond on Monday?And in particular, I wanted to offer a great...

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