Reflections On A Lunch With A Friend From Angola

On Wednesday, I had lunch with a new Good Shepherd friend who grew up in Angola. My friend connected with Good Shepherd about ten months ago and has been a faithful attender ever since.  His young adult daughters are some of the best volunteers we have in our K-Zone...

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Davises, 2015

    Here we are during a recent beach trip. From left: Riley, 22, assigned to serve with Campus Crusade for Christ at the University Of Tennessee beginning later this fall; Taylor, 25, working in corporate communications in Atlanta; Julie, a Senior Vice...

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“Behind Enemy Lines” — Sermon Rewind

For yesterday's message . . . what happened in the lobby afterwards was more important than what happened in the Worship Center during; the church got to learn a new word; the church was able to celebrate its own remarkable history of generosity and impact; the bottom...

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The Past, The Present, And The Mercy

William Faulkner  once famously noted, “The past isn’t dead. It isn’t even past.” I wonder if he ever spent time in my office. People bring a lot of baggage from their past that ends up poisoning their present. Both things done to them and things they’ve done to...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Pitfalls Of Pastoral Ministry

After over 25 years of full-time pastoral ministry, I believe I have a reasonably good understanding of how it works. Or how it doesn’t. So what are those things that a pastor needs to avoid if he or she will have both an effective ministry and a vibrant spiritual...

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What The Creed Says . . . And What It Doesn’t Say

I love the last line of the Apostles’ Creed: [. . . I believe] in the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting. Amen. While the Creed may not have the same level of authority as inspired Scripture, it nevertheless represents the best of the collective wisdom...

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On The Up And Up, Week Four — Driving In Traffic

Psalm 133 1 How good and pleasant it is     when God’s people live together in unity! 2 It is like precious oil poured on the head,     running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard,     down on the collar of his robe. 3 It is as if the dew of Hermon...

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Some Random Wonderings

I doubt anyone can give a definitive answer to these questions, but here's what I've been pondering recently:   Why am I just now realizing what a good writer Stephen King is? Why do people turn the fans on full blast at the Y?  People: you're going there to...

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