Flags, Sanctuaries, And A Full Color Church

During yesterday's sermon, I told the people of Good Shepherd about something we had considered in recent years regarding the flags of the world."Wouldn't it be cool," we thought, "if we could place on the Worship Center platform a flag for each of the different...

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Royal Pains, Week Five — The Sanitation King

When one person makes a mess, it's often someone else's job to clean it up.If you were with us last week, you know King Ahaz spread near-fatal toxins throughout the kingdom of Judah.It's up to his son Hezekiah to bring in the HazMat crew and restore the land.We'll see...

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VBX — Zapped 2012

625 kids.125 volunteers.1 church getting Zapped.It's all Vacation Bible Experience 2012.We've gathered for music led by the BigHouse Band . . .  . . . Science skits led by Mr. Charles and Mr. Alfred . . .Teaching Time led by Chris Thayer . . .. . . Small...

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Better Church Vs. Better Life: The Repeat

Back in 2010, I had a post called Better Church Vs. Better Life that has been on my mind this week.  So I think it's time to re-visit it, as it's a subject about which I need continual reminders.Here it is:Better Church vs. Better Life This may be wishful...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Pro Basketball Uniforms

In honor of the NBA Finals that begins tonight, I'm devoting today's Top Five to pro basketball.I was actually an enthusiastic fan until the seventh grade.  Not coincidentally, that was also the time I stopped playing basketball so I could devote more time...

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Presbyterian Divide

Today's Charlotte Observer features this large front page spread regarding our Presbyterian brothers and sisters.The Presbyterian Church (USA) -- the largest of several Presbyterian bodies -- has in the last several years adopted progressive stances regarding...

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Royal Pains, Week Four — The Hell King

We've had The King Of Bling, The Iron Lady King, and The However Kings.(Well, I originally titled that third one The Kings Of Compromise, but if you were with us last week you know that The However Kings is a much more appropriate title.)This week it's the most...

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Farewell, Charlotte District

Last Sunday afternoon, Good Shepherd hosted a briefing session for delegates to the upcoming Western North Carolina Annual Conference meeting.  Methodists from all over Mecklenburg and Gaston counties gave up their Sunday naps to come and receive the...

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Beginning At The End

When John Irving writes a novel, he begins with the final sentence.  Here's how Irving himself words it:"For 12 novels the last sentence has come first, and not even the punctuation has changed. From that last sentence I make my way in reverse through the plot,...

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