Sermon Revisited: “The Epic Fail Hero”

In preparing yesterday's message (which took place about six weeks ago), the flavor of the entire series got turned around.Huh?Well, in getting the first three messages ready, I had pretty pedestrian sermon titles (Signed, Sealed, Delivered may have been one of...

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Hidden Heroes, Week 4 — The Epic Fail Hero

This week's hidden hero might just be my favorite of them all.(Well, until next week's.)I love the arc of his story.  From failure to redemption. From problem to purpose.From Pamphylia to Proclamation.To see what all that means, Sunday.8:30.  10.  11:30.

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The Not Yet And The Never Will

Although I have lived in and around Charlotte for a quarter century, there are still some typically Charlottean things that I have never done.Some fall into the category of "not yet."  Others, "never will."I'll let you try to figure out which is which.Here they...

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Hidden Heroes, Week 3 — The Maybe Hero

This coming sermon concerns a young man but it is about a young church.The young man is Archippus from Colossians 4 -- the same place where we have seen all our other hidden heroes.The young church is Good Shepherd.To see how those two intersect and to hear some of...

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Multiple Roles In A Single Day

As I think back on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 -- that is, yesterday -- I realize with no little gratitude all the different roles I played in one day as pastor of Good Shepherd.First, there was sermon internalizer.  Way before I left the house yesterday, I spent...

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And THAT’S Why We Do What We Do

Last week, I received an email from a friend at Good Shepherd.  My friend is in recovery from alcoholism, so that is a frequent subject of our conversations together, and he knows how much joy I get from his journey to sobriety.Here's part of his email:...

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