Top Five Tuesday — Top Five 4th Of July Memories

In preparation for tomorrow's annual observance of Independence Day, I thought that I'd take a retrospective look at what the Fourth of July celebrations have been like through the years.1.  When I was 5 and watching a fireworks show at a local golf...

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Sermon, Interrupted

About every twelve months or so, we have a medical emergency during one of the worship gatherings at Good Shepherd.Over the years, we have had mild strokes, cardiac distresses, diabetic episodes, and fainting spells.It happened again yesterday at 11:30, as a dear...

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Upgrade, Week 2 — The Angel Upgrade

My confession about angels is that I'm not much interested in them.So the preacher to the Hebrews threw me for a loop when by talking so much about them.Until I finally got what he was saying.  Then I realized his brilliance.And I can't wait to share it with...

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Impulses, Surrender, And The Church

We all have impulses.  And many of those impulses are not necessarily healthy.Impulses to speak when silence is the better option.Impulses to spend when saving is the wiser choice.Impulses to sex when either abstinence or faithfulness is the path of...

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Asbury Seminary In 2023

While at last week's Annual Conference, I also attended the luncheon for graduates of Asbury Seminary who serve in Western North Carolina.The seminary was begun in 1923 with a handful of pastors-in-training gathering in the remote Kentucky hamlet of...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Misheard Rock Lyrics

We've all had those moments when a song we long thought said one thing actually sings something quite different.I had a friend one time who insisted against all evidence to the contrary that the Rolling Stone's ballad "Angie" was in fact called "I Inject."Or the...

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Upgrade Launch — The Total Upgrade

We upgrade our phones, our computers, our cars, our homes, and even our memories.But what if all those upgrades are merely shadows of the real upgrade?The kind of upgrade that warms our worship, focuses our faith, and matures our minds.That kind of upgrade is embedded...

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Is There A Cure For The Summertime Blues?

June 21st marks the first official day of summer and as such gives me pause to consider a preacher's ambiguous relationship with that season.On the one hand, I love summer:  the weather is hot, the water is cool, and shoes are optional.On the other hand, I hate...

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Resident Theologian

There are so many things I can't do.For example, not long ago I had an excellent idea for how to conclude an upcoming worship gathering.  The problem was that I had very little idea of how to take that idea from conception to implementation.So did that make me an...

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