Hidden Heroes, Week 2 — The AWOL Hero

Hidden Heroes is such a good series that it has not one but two sermon bumper videos!Here's the first, revealed last week.And here's the second, revealed right now.I wonder which one we will play on Sunday?The best way to find out?Sunday.8:30.  10. ...

read more

When NOT To Go Into Ministry

As I round the bend of life into my 50s, and as I see some of the highest of the high profile preachers step away from active ministry, I've been thinking:Why should an individual enter vocational ministry in the first place?In processing that question, I've come up...

read more

Now THAT Was A Fun Wedding

Here I am with newlyweds Hal Watson and Nancy Donosky Watson.They are from Dallas, TX and yet had a Charlotte, NC wedding.  On a Tuesday.  Huh?Here's the backstory.  Hal is the stepson of my oldest brother Harvey.  Thirty years ago, when Hal was...

read more

Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Nostalgic Songs

There is something about music that connects you deeply with time and place, isn't there?You hear a certain song and IMMEDIATELY your mind takes you back to where you were and who you were with when you a) heard that song for the first time or b) heard it so often in...

read more

Sermon Recap: The “What Can Brown Do For You?” Hero

It's hard to preach poorly after the band does a cover of Paramore's acoustic cover of the Foo Fighter's "My Hero."Not that I didn't almost pull it off, mind you.  But the morning set up was such that I got the ball deep in enemy territory.And what followed was a...

read more

Next Step Membership Group

The folks in this picture just completed four weeks together in the Next Step Membership Exploration Group.And, after spending those weeks talking about Christianity, United Methodist, and Good Shepherd itself, they joined the church last night surrounded by staff and...

read more

Decisively Indecisive

I shared with some Good Shepherd leaders recently that I have bouts of chronic indecision.This came as a surprise to some -- especially those who know me primarily from my preaching -- as my sermons often have an emphatic clarity about them.Yet out of the pulpit, I...

read more