“When You Fast . . . “

I read with interest those things that Jesus takes for granted.For example, in Matthew 5:16, he says, "When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting."Not "if you fast."  Not "please think about...

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Clear And Obvious Communication

Many times in speaking or in writing people try to reinforce the strength of their points by adding the words clear and obvious.As in, "it's obvious from the context that John 3:16 means . . . "Or:  "this is clearly the direction our church needs to follow . . ....

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five College Campuses

I grew up just down the street from a college campus (see below).  Since it was so close and since my father worked there, I spent a lot of time as a child walking around it.I suppose that's why I still like investigating and appreciating what it is that makes...

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A District Superintendent On Fund Raisers

As part of yesterday's message in the Money Talks series, I shared these words from Mary John Dye, who served as the Superintendent of the Statesville District of the United Methodist Church for four years:If churches would advertise the worship of God half...

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Bringing The Human Trafficking Fight HOME

This is a busy week around the Good Shepherd campus when it comes to the fight against human trafficking.First, we hosted a Breaking The Chains Conference on Tuesday, August 21.  That event filled our church with social workers, law enforcement personnel, and...

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What’s The Source Of Our Unity?

As some of you know, the United Methodist Church elected a new slate of bishops over this past summer.  The elections and subsequent assignments involve a lengthy process that has grown more and more complicated in the 200+ years Methodism has been in the United...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Current TV Shows

When it comes to modern television, I can't watch reality shows.I'm not big on most current sitcoms.The Office isn't the same without Steve Carell.And I'm not going to watch America's Next . . . Top Model, Food Network Star, Wedding Dress Designer or any of the other...

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What Does August 18 Have To Do With December 2?

I spent Saturday at one of the neighborhoods near our church in which a large percentage of the residents speak Spanish.So our Latino ministry team descended upon that community and hosted a Back To School Block Party.We had crafts and school supplies for the...

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Money Talks, Week Three — Take The Money And Run

No, I won't be telling the story of Billy Joe and Bobbie Sue.But I will be telling the story someone else who for all intents and purposes took the money and ran.To see what I mean and to prepare for the message, check out Luke 16:1-12.We'll try to make sense out of a...

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