Lost And Found, Week 3 — Lost Hope

Back against the wall.Feel like giving up.No good options.Had enough.Whatever the cliche, you feel like the guy in the picture when you stop believing that tomorrow will be any better than today.It's where some of you are.It's also where Elijah found himself --...

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How The #UMC Is Like Donny & Marie Osmond

Wait. You're thinking that the Osmonds are Mormons for goodness sake, and no matter how much theological latitude we allow in the United Methodist Church, we're not that.Except that's not what the post is about.Instead, many local United Methodist congregations...

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A Family Snapshot

Here is our family in a snapshot taken on a recent beach vacation:There I am on the far left.To my left is our 24-year-old daughter Taylor who graduated from Vanderbilt in 2011 and now lives in Atlanta where she works as an Account Manager in a public relations...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five REM Songs

If you were at Good Shepherd this past Sunday, you know what we launched our worship gathering with a terrific rendition of REM's Losing My Religion.How else could we possibly begin a service with the overall title of "Lost Religion"?You can watch those opening...

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Teaching Preaching At Seminary

No, I don't have a new job.Yes, I did get a one-day gig on Wednesday at Gordon-Conwell Seminary.Steve Klipowicz, a good friend and occasional workout partner of mine, is also a professor there.  So as he was preparing to teach a summer intensive class on pastoral...

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Inviting All People Includes Oklahomans and Filipinos

This week, forty-seven of Good Shepherd's finest are serving in the mission field.Thirty-four students, staffers, and volunteers are in Moore, Oklahoma, site of the devastating 2013 tornado.  There they are helping Oklahomans rebuild their homes and restore their...

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