Wildest Dreams Week 4 — Dream Come True

My adrenaline has been flowing all week long in anticipation of Dream Come True, the fourth message and worship service in the Wildest Dreams series.Why?Several reasons:1.  We will be led in worship by an 80 voice children's choir.  This is not a children's...

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Staff Christmas Field Trip 2013

Here's a photo of almost all of the GSUMC staff taken yesterday just before we departed for a Christmas Field Trip.What happens on a Christmas Field Trip for Good Shepherd staff?First, I thank God for the good work the staff has done this year and for the fact...

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How Did We Ever Get Here?

How did we ever get here?A United Methodist pastor in suburban Philadelphia receives a 30-day suspension for performing a same-gender wedding involving his son and now that the penalty has concluded is challenging the denomination to restore his credentials so he...

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Psalm 150 Revisited

Last night, my men's LifeGroup concluded its study on Invitation To The Psalms by looking at Psalm 150, the rousing hallelujah that brings the Psalter itself to a close.Here's the ancient text of Psalm 150:Praise the Lord.[a]Praise God in his...

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Wildest Dreams, Week 3 — Follow The Dream

There is a world of difference between following your dream and following the dream.This Sunday, you find out what that difference is and why it matters in your life.And you know why I love third Sundays each month? (And this Sunday is a third Sunday.)Because we...

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My Mother Met Doris Kearns Goodwin Yesterday

So I'll use the post title for my opening sentence:  my mother met Doris Kearns Goodwin yesterday.I suppose on the one hand, that's not so remarkable.Doris Kearns Goodwin is a decorated presidential historian and has published massive biographies of Abraham...

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The Irony Of Christ-Likeness

One of the most oft-repeated phrases in evangelicalism is "Christ-likeness."  As in, "the goal of discipleship is to grow us in Christ-likeness."Or: "we mature in faith as we become more Christ-like."Or even at a memorial service:  "she (or he) was one of...

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