A Sermon Killer

I know a preacher is in trouble whenever he or she says, "Webster's defines ___________ as __________________."  Why is a dictionary reference a sure-fire sermon killer?Because in preaching you should never define a word with more words.You define a word...

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From Occupation to Pre-Occupation

I have lived through seasons of life where Jesus was an occupation.I read the bible only to search for sermon material.  I prayed because that's what preachers are supposed to do.  I served so that others in the church could see me serving. ...

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Dangerous Calling

As you can see by checking the "Books I Like" column to the right, I recently came across Paul David Tripp's Dangerous Calling: Confronting The Unique Challenges Of Pastoral Ministry.I had never heard of either the book or its author before a friend loanded...

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What I Wish I’d Hear . . .

Every once in awhile, I'll have a conversation with someone who is either new to Good Shepherd or just checking it out.And usually the conversation includes the person or family saying something like, "we're looking for a church that's a good fit.  We just want a...

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Background Noise

Most mornings, as I get ready for the rest of my day, I have the television playing for background noise.Sometimes it's the caustic banter of Imus In The Morning.  Other times it's the slightly more elevated political discourse of Morning Joe.  And then for...

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While I Was Away . . . .

During our time in India, my exposure to media sources in that land showed me that India beat Australia in Cricket, that villagers opposed the construction of a steel plant on their land, and that the nation continues to wrestle with the notorious December, 2012 gang...

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Journey Of Stones Launch — Rejected Stone

Journey Of StonesWhen we hear Jesus’ story, we hear about rocks and stones:Upon this rock I will build my church . . . He who is without sin cast the first stone . . . If they keep quiet, the stones will cry out . . .The stone which the builders rejected, this became...

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