When Vocabularies Don’t Expand

Of all the statistics and anecdotes regarding the differences between those raised in chronic poverty and those raised in middle class comfort, this one has haunted me the most: Vocabulary of a three year old in a professional home: 1,116 words Vocabulary of an adult...

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What NOT To Say . . . And Then What To Say

In ministry -- whether as a member of the clergy or a member of a church -- what you DON'T say is almost as important as what you DO say. Sometimes even moreso. This is especially true in times of grief. What are some things you simply shouldn’t say to families or...

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Exegetical Joy: The “Daredevil” Sermon Rewind

As I thought about Sunday's message -- both before and after its delivery -- the phrase "exegetical joy" came to me. Huh? Exegesis is the art and science of drawing the meaning out of a biblical text (as opposed to eisegesis which is reading a (foreign) meaning into...

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Movementum Launch — “Daredevil”

This week starts a new series at Good Shepherd:  Movementum.   Drawing from both the life and the letters of Peter, we will see together how a living relationship with Jesus Christ builds on its own motion.  The Gospel writers in particular are simply brilliant...

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If These Walls Could Talk . . .

I continue to be amazed at the level at which people share with me in counseling. It is a high privilege that people trust me and the other pastors on our staff with so much. It is also a deep responsibility. What does that combination of high privilege and deep...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Concert Moments

I've been to reasonable number of concerts in my life. Since my very first -- when I was 15 a friend and I drove (well, he drove because he was 16) from Dallas to Fort Worth and saw the Eagles on their Hotel California tour -- I've seen one or two concerts a year....

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“Record Breakers” Sermon Rewind

We concluded the On The Up And Up series with an old-fashioned yet new-fangled invitation to faith. Psalm 130:3 asks plaintively: If you, Lord, kept a record of sins, who could stand? The answer to the question on the literal level is, of course, no one. And yet...

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“On The Up And Up,” Week 6 — Record Breakers

You know all those records that will never be broken, right? Joe DiMaggio hitting in 56 straight games; John Isner and Nicolas Mahut going to 70-68 in the fifth set; UCLA's seven straight NCAA basketball championships; Pete Maravich averaging 44 points per game in...

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