The Last Hymnal??

Several years ago,  a friend looked me in the eye and said in all seriousness, without a touch of irony, “You know, my granddaughter may never know what a hymnal is.” And . . . ? Not to be flip, but my yet-to-be-born grandchildren will never know what a manual...

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Bricks In The Wall

I was pretty excited when our brick shipment for The Living Room expansion arrived yesterday. Here they are:   Why do I like these bricks so much? They'll add color, variety, and pop to our exterior. It means construction is progressing. They are but tools we'll...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five College Football Helmets

In honor of last night’s NCAA title game between Clemson and Alabama, here’s a list of my Top Five College Football helmet designs. The list is completely subjective. And, as you’ll see, thoroughly dominated by nostalgia. And, sorry, no designs with player numbers or...

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The “Defining Prayer” Sermon Rewind

Yesterday's message at Good Shepherd . . . started with a brief version of the oldie-but-good "I Will Enter His Gates"; gave the bottom line away VERY EARLY; included a mid-sermon open mike time; concluded with a video testimony; led to an invitation for the...

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PrayFast, Week 2 — “Defining Prayer”

Would you like to know the best thing about this past week in my life as a pastor? How many of the people of Good Shepherd told me they were using the PrayFast Prayer Guide.  That list includes . . . A mom and her 19 year old daughter who used the guide, together, at...

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Night Of Worship — Friday, January 29

If you're going to do a series unlike any other, why not include a night unlike any other?   That's right.  Our first ever Night Of Worship at Good Shepherd. As a culmination of PrayFast, the Worship Arts team will be hosting a Night of Worship on January 29th....

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A Not Responsive Reading

In many of the more liturgical churches, responsive readings are a key element in the Sunday worship flow. Often found in the back of the hymnal book, responsive readings typically take sections of Scripture, divide them into parts for the “Leader” to read followed by...

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PrayFast, Week 1 — The “Living Prayer” Sermon Rewind

Yesterday's opening sermon in the PrayFast was quite a departure from the norm . . . but that's going to be the case for each message in the series. Here's some of what was different: We concluded the sermon by doing -- together! -- a "dress rehearsal" for a daily...

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