How Song Of Songs Got Its Library Card — Sermon Recap

The Song Of Song is scandalous.Misunderstood.Avoided.Operatic.Shockingly egalitarian.All of that and more.  And the book's own history of inclusion and interpretation is one of the interesting of all Scriptural texts.  That's why the introductory sermon in...

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Love Song Launch — “How Sweet It Is”

Here goes.For the first time in 25 years of ministry, I'm trying this:Here's where the series is headed:September 7       "How Sweet It Is"September 14     "Still The One"September 21     "Higher...

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An Anthemic Choir . . . But No Anthems

September means that Good Shepherd's high-octane worship choir is back.Here's what they look like:For those of you who have been around awhile, you know that the third Sunday of every month is the most fun of them all.  Why?That choir's leadership.It's rare that...

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Connected By Confession

Last night, I attended the fall launch of CharlotteONE, a city-wide gathering of 20s and 30s who meet in historic First United Methodist Church.  I serve on the Board of CharlotteONE, and so was eager to see how the 2014-15 year kicked off.On several occasions,...

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#Trending, Week 4 — #Declaration

Pilate asks Jesus, "what is truth?"But I ask another question today:  "How do we internalize truth?"  How do we digest it?  How does truth move from something we hear to something we believe and then to something that defines us?Those are some of the...

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Kandhamal Day

Monday was Kandhamal Day for Christians in Odisha State, India. The day commemorates the six year anniversary of communal violence against Christians in the Kandhamal District of Odisha state.During that particular uprising, 100 Christians were killed, 56,000...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Rock Songs Featuring Violins

When you think of the elements that make up a great rock song, the violin is hardly the first instrument that comes to mind.At first glance, it's altogether too refined and too gentle to fit well into a genre dominated by drums, bass, and lead guitar.Nevertheless, in...

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