Mad People Disease, Week 6 — “Mad About You”

It's not the end of the world. But it is the end of what has quite likely been my favorite series of all time, Mad People Disease. It's not my favorite because of the great art. It's not my favorite because of the because of the unforgettable video....

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Let’s Talk About Sex . . . At Good Shepherd

  “Heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, transgender, gender neutral, marriage, divorce, polygamy, SCOTUS, equal rights, discrimination…”  There’s a lot of noise out there surrounding the subject of sex. But what if all of these topics were only one part of a much...

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Mission Statement Saturation

One of our Good Shepherd staffers found this doodling on his young daughter's bedroom desk:   And then a fellow UMC clergy sent me a note that concluded with this sentence:  Thanks for being a . . .  disciple who invites all people into a living relationship with...

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Mad People Disease, Week 5 — “Elephant Naming”

You won't believe what our lobby looks like. You almost won't believe how gorgeous the Worship Center is. You will be delighted to believe in what we're going to do as a community for our neighbors in the Columbia, South Carolina area. You will moved to believe in the...

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The Convenience Conundrum

Since its inception in the early 1990s, Good Shepherd has sought to make church convenient for worshippers. It's why we have casual dress.  Why we have music that is radio-friendly.  Why we provide children's programming at all the hours we have worship services.  Why...

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A Lethal Confusion

Many churches make a critical mistake in ministry when they confuse activity for effectiveness. In this line of thinking, the busier a church is, the more it is doing for God. So the goal becomes to fill up the calendar and clutter up the bulletin with as many events,...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Cereals I Can’t Eat Anymore

I grew up eating cereal every day of my life.  You know the morning comfort -- easy prep, just you and your bowl, and then if no one is looking that secret delight of slurping the last bit of milk without the interference of the spoon. That was me. But no more. For...

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The “Wash. Rinse. Repeat.” Sermon Rewind

It was 1995 at Good Shepherd yesterday. As our Worship Center undergoes some technology upgrades in preparation for the Zoar launch, we had no technology. So we wheeled in an overhead projector, used transparencies, and sung the new/old "classics" like Lord I Lift...

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