Some Things I’ll Can’t Quite Figure Out

There are some realities of life in 2012 that no matter how hard I try, I just will never understand.Such as . . .Why pro wrestling has such enduring popularity.Why people of all ages wear ball caps sideways.Why people snow ski.  It's wet.  It's cold. ...

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After The Dust Settles

So it's over now.If your candidate won, does that mean your life will suddenly get better?If your candidate lost, does that mean your life will suddenly get worse?Is your contentment determined by forces beyond your control?Or does satisfaction and purpose have...

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How To Make 2,000 Shoe Boxes Disappear

1.  Decide on a ridiculous goal for a church -- 2,000 Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes to be prepared, filled, and sent around the world in cooperation with Samaritan's Purse.2.  On Saturday morning, have First Serve weekend teams assemble and...

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Gospel Share & A R.I.P.

It has been awhile since we last had a Radical Impact Project at Good Shepherd.You can read about our last two here and here.This Sunday during Gospel Share we will introduce our next one.The project itself is not so radical (wait until January for that one) but the...

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The Real Romans Road

Many of you are familiar with the Romans Road, a collection of verses from that signature New Testament book designed to lead people on the "road" to salvation.It starts out with our Problem from Romans 3:23:      For all have sinned and fall...

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Mr. Wesley, President Obama, & Governor Romney

While I'm a proud Methodist, it's not often that I quote John Wesley in this space.Yet a friend sent me these words from Wesley's journal during an election year:Thur. 6. - "I met those of our society who had votes in the ensuing election, and advised them, 1. To...

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Equal Opportunity Idolatry?

I'm interrupting my normal "Top Five Tuesday" routine -- and I love my routines -- because an article in Monday's Charlotte Observer revealed that this past Sunday (October 28) was one of the saddest days for the church in this area in a long, long time.I don't know...

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Sermonic Amnesia

As most of you know, I preach without any notes.And as many of you know, I have a fairly involved process for becoming familiar with the material I have prepared so that I can deliver without any assistance.Except yesterday at both the 8:30 and 10:00 services, I had...

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Farewell, Lenny Stadler

When I was a young preacher in Monroe, North Carolina, the ministry of Lenny Stadler at Weddington United Methodist Church almost defied belief.Throughout the decade of the 1990s, he led what had been a sleeply little country church into the kind of growth that made...

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