Some Things I Do When A Meeting Loses Steam . . .

Over the years, I've attended more than a few meetings during which I became . . . disengaged.Usually, but not always, these are denominational affairs.  If it's not Methodist, then it usually covers something I'm not very adept at or familiar with.Sometimes I...

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“All Of Me” Recap

Preaching at Good Shepherd really is an incredible privilege.Not only because of the size and style and multi-cultural demographics, as great as all those blessings are.An even greater privilege rests in the the freedom the people of the church give me to explore some...

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Love Song, Week 4 — “All Of Me”

I'm putting all of me into "All Of Me."Meaning:  my most thorough preparation, most serious prayer, and most honest question -- "can I really say these things?"  Of all the Love Song messages, this one more than any other deals with those sections in the...

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Throwback Thursday — Pictorial Directory 1999

Here's my family from a 1999 Good Shepherd Pictorial Directory (sorry, Olan Mills, but does anyone even do those anymore?).  We had been here in Charlotte and at this church for about two months when this photo was taken.In the photo our son Riley was seven; he...

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An Office? Or A Study?

Pastor Dave Claassen posted these words back in 2013:There’s been a subtle name change going on with the space where pastors work. What used to be called the pastor’s study is now called simply the pastor’s office. Why?More and more the pastor is called upon to do...

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