Baptism: From The Tomb To The Womb

Yesterday, I gave some challenges to the Good Shepherd staff regarding baptism.  And to lay out the foundation for that challenge, we looked at Romans 6:3-5:  3 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his...

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Does God Interrupt A Blog Schedule?

Last night I wrote a blog to be published this morning.I wasn't crazy about it . . . it was a bit convoluted, could appear as if I was patting myself on the back, and addressed a subject of interest to only the smallest minority of my readers.But I went to the...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Coldest Times Of My Life

In light of single digit temperatures here in usually-lovely Charlotte, I thought I'd post about the five coldest occasions of my life.  Excluding today . . . which would probably make this list otherwise.5.  That November snowstorm in Dallas in 1978. ...

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A Sermon I Fought With

Coming into yesterday, I had been fighting with the sermon all week.I wasn't sure it was the best way to start the year.  I wasn't sure it was the best way to start the Defining Moments series.  I even confessed my inner struggle with the two friends who...

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Defining Moments Launch — “Wanna Get Away?”

We all come to those occasions in life where we know something significant hangs in the balance.  The future of a marriage, the fate of a job, the outcome of a game, even the salvation of a soul. A moment, in other words, which defines all the moments to...

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Soul Food For 2014: Go Eat Pop Corn

Most people who follow Christ and are even occasional readers of Scripture have a "default" section of the bible they turn to in times of need, confusion, or complacency.You know what I mean.  That place in the biblical library which speaks to you more than any...

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Best Of 2013, Good Shepherd Style

On this next-to-last day of the year, it seems appropriate to take stock of some of the best happenings in and around Good Shepherd in 2013.Without further adieu, here's the Best Of 2013 with hyperlinks to the relevant blog posts:Best Moment:  Telling the church...

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Wildest Dreams, Week 5 — Dream On

Let's acknowledge something: it is impossible to grow up in the 1970s, have a sermon series with "Dreams" in the title, and not title one of the sermons Dream On.While Steven Tyler won't be making an appearance (though did you know Aerosmith guitarist Bradley Whitford...

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The Biblical Library & The Christmas Story

On most Sundays at Good Shepherd, we remind the people of the church that the bible is not a book; it's a library.  I often have people tell me of the jolt of insight they received upon hearing those words and that understanding for the first time. And the...

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