#TBT — Where I First Sensed A Call To #UMC Ministry

On Wednesday, as I wound up my three day visit with my mom in Austin (Betty Davis, age 102), I stopped by this church down the hill from where she lives. It's actually the place where I first sensed that maybe I was supposed to be a pastor and even more specifically,...

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Flannery O’Connor & The Source Of Inspiration

This might be my favorite graphic ever. Favorite author articulating a treasured belief.  Inspiration to write, create, build, or achieve never arrives in your life. It instead emerges from the hard work you're doing when it comes to writing, creating, building, or...

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How A Surprising Gift Unleashes A Pleasant Memory

Earlier this week, a couple from Good Shepherd was cleaning out their attic, came across an ancient bible, and decided I might have a use for it. And this time, I did.  I do. See, the edition my friends gave is called the Douay-Rheims Bible, translated and published...

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Delightful Consequence Of New Prayer Team

As a lot of you know, we've started a new "up front" prayer team for the conclusion of our Sunday worship gatherings at Good Shepherd.   We want to normalize what was previously remedial.  Meaning: we want our altar area to be a center of prayerful conversation...

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Yikes! The UNPARDONABLE Sin!

  Here are words from the mouth of Jesus that we find in Mark 3: 28 Truly I tell you, people can be forgiven all their sins and every slander they utter, 29 but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; they are guilty of an eternal sin.”...

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