Psalm 150 Revisited

Last night, my men's LifeGroup concluded its study on Invitation To The Psalms by looking at Psalm 150, the rousing hallelujah that brings the Psalter itself to a close.Here's the ancient text of Psalm 150:Praise the Lord.[a]Praise God in his...

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Wildest Dreams, Week 3 — Follow The Dream

There is a world of difference between following your dream and following the dream.This Sunday, you find out what that difference is and why it matters in your life.And you know why I love third Sundays each month? (And this Sunday is a third Sunday.)Because we...

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My Mother Met Doris Kearns Goodwin Yesterday

So I'll use the post title for my opening sentence:  my mother met Doris Kearns Goodwin yesterday.I suppose on the one hand, that's not so remarkable.Doris Kearns Goodwin is a decorated presidential historian and has published massive biographies of Abraham...

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The Irony Of Christ-Likeness

One of the most oft-repeated phrases in evangelicalism is "Christ-likeness."  As in, "the goal of discipleship is to grow us in Christ-likeness."Or: "we mature in faith as we become more Christ-like."Or even at a memorial service:  "she (or he) was one of...

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The Dream Police Review

In the middle of a weekend full of guest speaking, Room In The Inn, funeral leading and funeral preparing, and our first annual Latino ministry celebration, there was a sermon to preach.One I felt good about in preparation.And so, predictably, I grew more despondent...

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The Dream Police . . . And More

Week 2 of Wildest Dreams is one of my favorites:  The Dream Police.It's a fresh look at an ancient story, and I think some things emerge out of that story that will be helpful to a lot of Good Shepherd-ites. To prepare, check out Matthew 2:1-15 and see if you can...

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Seminaries That Change The World

I recently ran across a web site that seemed to be right up my alley:  Seminaries That Change The World.On first glance it combines two of the things I love most:  1) making lists (Top Five Tuesday - hello!) and 2) theological education.So I dove into the...

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The Quickest Way To Avoid Relational Pain

We've all had it: relational pain.Angry words.  Intentional oversight.  Passive aggression.  Triumphant emails.  Ended friendships.  Whether you are naturally wired to pursue confrontation or avoid it, the end result is the same  -- a...

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