Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Things That Never Get Old

There are some things in life that, no matter how often you do them, never get old.  It's almost like every time feels like the first time. That's especially true of many facets not only of ministry at Good Shepherd, but life in our little corner where Mecklenburg and...

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BrainWashing, Week 3 — “A Dirty-Minded Church”

  It's an understatement to say I'm looking forward to what will happen Sunday. We've got: One of my favorite sermon titles ever, "A Dirty-Minded Church."  And it has nothing to do with what you think it has to do with. My friend Chris Macedo leading us in song...

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Bumper Cars And Roller Coasters

Earlier this week I learned some thing from my friend Todd McMichen who works with our friends at Auxano. Todd pointed out the similarities -- and differences -- between bumper cars . . . . . . and roller coasters. (By the way, that is the new Fury 325 at Carowinds.)...

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What Every Methodist Should Read

Every United Methodist pastor and teacher should read page 140 of Thomas Oden's A Change Of Heart.  I'm not much for "oughts" and "need to" . . . but I really, truly believe all of us in Wesley's tribe ought to read this page of this memoir. Here are some of Oden's...

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Brain Washing, Week 2 — “That Don’t Make No Sense”

So we are in Week 2 of the series BrainWashing and here’s why:  I really & truly believe that SO MANY of your problems today – relationship breaking, church hopping, temper losing, Jesus doubting, sexual dysfunctioning, political paranoia-ing – come first of all...

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Watching A National Title Happen

Riley and I  spent a few days earlier this week in Austin, Texas, visiting my 99-year-old mother as well as an assortment of siblings, nieces, and nephews. I wanted my mom to see Riley in the aftermath of his graduation from UNC-Chapel Hill  AND I wanted to see her at...

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