One Sunday, TWO Bottom Lines

Yesterday at Good Shepherd featured TWO bottom lines. What?  Did I abandon my one point sermon bonafides? Nope.  I abandoned Charlotte, NC instead.  Julie and I spent the weekend in Austin, Texas, helping my sister celebrate her 75th birthday and my mother her 100...

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You Only Get Rid Of . . .

You only get rid of what you refuse to get used to. I can hardly tell you how much I believe this, or how vital I think it is in both individual and organizational lives. And I believe it so much because I’ve lived it. In 2010, we who made up the leadership of Good...

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The Improbable Origin Of “Solve”

I remember exactly where I was when I first had the idea for the sermon series that formed the basis for the book Solve. At Good Shepherd Church we support a lot of recovery programs, which hold their meetings at our Zoar Road campus. Many of these meetings are open...

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The Captain Obvious Of Preaching

Maybe you've seen the recent spate of commercials for Hotels.com featuring Captain Obvious.  Here's one of the best: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DHd4ui_ZWc   I have noticed in the communication field that it is all too easy to succumb to the "Captain Obvious...

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Top Five (Christian) Books For Summer Reading

If you are at all like me, you do more reading during the summer than any other time of the year. The sun on your face, the sand between your toes, the clock permanently set at 5 o'clock somewhere and voila! you get to gorge on some reading. And most of the time, for...

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Preventology Launch — “The Road Best Taken”

A lot of us spend a lot of our time managing our crises.   We careen from one emergency to another, constantly caught up in relational turmoil, financial hardship, and even spiritual despair.   But what if there was another way?   What if a living...

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Not MY Book. OUR Book.

Not MY Book. This is OUR Book. This is me (obviously) holding our church's booklet, "Preventology: A 31 Guide To Crisis Prevention."   The people of the church wrote it in support of the new series that launches this coming Sunday, "Preventology." Thirty-one...

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