Dream On

Earlier this week, about 80 people from Good Shepherd gathered together the reflect, to pray, and to dream into the next season of the church's life.We're calling it Dream-A-Palooza, and we're asking for folks to devote three consecutive Monday night to help us...

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30 For 30 & 9.79

Last night I watched 9.79, another in the series of ESPN's highly regarded 30 For 30 sports documentary films.9.79 is the tale of Ben Johnson's mind-bending 100 meter race at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea.  The title comes from his winning time,...

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Gospel Launch

The Gospel is history, it's not philosophy.The Gospel is history that shapes you, defines you, and redefines you.The Gospel is history that begs to be told.  And re-told.  And re-re-told.The problem comes when we allow either philosophy, religion, or...

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Gospel, Week One — Gospel Truth

The Gospel is a story you just have to hear.And it’s a life you’ve just got to live.And it contains promises you’re privileged to share.Based on material from Pastor J.D. Greear, Gospel is a series that finds the heart of the Christians faith and dwells there...

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Sunday Morning Motivational Speaking?

In my occasional dark nights of the soul, I wonder:  "is what I'm doing anything other than some motivational speaking on a Sunday morning?"Seriously: do people come to Good Shepherd or to any church simply to have their ears tickled and the hearts touched? ...

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Blood Bath

I was speaking with a young woman recently about her upcoming baptism.She had gone through our self-study guide -- a series of questions that takes the candidate through the bible to see what it and not church tradition actually says about baptism.Her answers and...

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Dads, Daughters, & Memories

It was an interesting weekend in my family.First, my wife Julie had been given tickets to the Ryder Cup in Chicago.  So she took her father, Ted Munoz, up north where they spent Saturday following the likes of Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker around the course at...

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Lowlife Week Four — How LOW Can You Go?

Lowlife is not just a Sunday series.It's Monday through Saturday as well.It's why we've had Lowlife Serving Options each Saturday of September as a way of being the message rather than just hearing the messages.This Saturday, for example, you can help either with a...

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