The Early Buzz On Head Scratchers

Brian Sigmon is the Abingdon editor who found the Head Scratchers material online in the summer of 2014, approached me about publishing them, and VOILA! the rest is a triology's worth of history. Here he is talking Head Scratchers the book:...

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Top Five Tuesday – Top Five Unforgettable Drum Parts

This list won't have the hardest drum-driven songs.  Nor will it have the longest drum solos (sorry, those of you longing for Moby Dick by Led Zeppelin).  I doubt it will even include work by those drummers considered by the experts to be the "best." It's my blog,...

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“Solutionists” Launch — “Problemists”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PM9iJEyJObs A lot of folks are good at pointing out problems. But precious few excel at pinpointing solutions. At Good Shepherd we are committed to becoming less of the former and more of the latter. So join us in this season after...

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#TBT — Easter, 1991

This photo is from March 31, 1991, my first-ever Easter while in full-time ministry. Our daughter Taylor was 18 months old, and Julie and I were . . . well, we were 24 years younger than we are right now. We're in front of Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church in Monroe,...

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Why I Hate Preacher Competition. And Why I Love It.

If you know me at all, you know I am extremely competitive. I suppose I can blame it on my tennis days.  Growing up I was consumed with the desire to be the #1 player for my age in Texas, and in order to do that, you have to beat all the other kids.  While some of...

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Best. News. Ever. An Easter Sermon

I gave this message five times between 5 p.m. this past Saturday and 12:30 p.m. on Easter Sunday. My memory worked well almost every time -- some sermons have a "flow" that is easy to maintain and recollect, and this was one of them. It also has one of my favorite...

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Some Rules For The Road

Here are some general rules for life and ministry I find myself adopting as the years go by: Devote Sunday night to hand-writing notes to first time guests. The louder the internet clamor becomes on certain political & cultural issues, the less it needs my voice...

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“Telling About” Or “Giving An Experience Of”

In my early years of ministry I came across a preaching book by John Mason Stapleton called Preaching In Demonstration Of The Spirit And Power.  Not the catchiest title, but it does come straight from I Corinthians 2:4. Anyway, in that book, Stapleton goes to great...

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