New Reflections On An Old Job

I spent part of last Saturday morning listening to a man from Good Shepherd deliver a creative and engaging devotion to our BigHouse students and their guests from the Children's Attention Home in Rock Hill.As he began, I had a twinge of guilt. Should I be the one...

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Top Five Tuesday — Some Sermons You Won’t Hear

As many of you know, I spend a lot of time and energy getting Sunday morning messages ready. I also try to give my best creativity to the titles of those same sermons, as you never know when the right title will draw the person in who needs to hear it the most.Which...

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Something We’ve Never Done

So yesterday's service concluded with something we've never done before as we invited people to respond to the sermon by purchasing a book we made available in the lobby.Here's the background. The message came from Acts 11:19-26, a little story from the early years of...

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Down To Earth, Week 2 — Steady As She Goes

Down To Earth moves to its second week with a message I simply can't wait to deliver: Steady As She Goes.Check out Acts 11:19-26 and figure out if you can see why I'm so excited . . . and what in the world the Holy Spirit has to do with that little story in which not...

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A Different Background Music

I was planning on posting on the subject you'll read below when an email came in that served as confirmation of the topic.Here's a portion of that email, the subject of which was a different sort of feeling in the recent worship gatherings at Good Shepherd:I can tell...

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When Your Friend Writes A Book . . .

. . . you let people know about it.James-Michael Smith, who served as our Discipleship Pastor from 2004-2009 and remains a vital part of the church, has just published a monograph called Cleansed And Abiding.It's a fresh look at an old subject by a young...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Insights From Reggie McNeal

I'm spending the early part of this week in Lake Junaluska, surrounded not only by the Western North Carolina mountains, but also by 25 fellow clergy who are part of they Reynolds Leadership Program.(It was at one of these events in 2010 that I realized we had to...

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What D.A. Carson Said

During yesterday's sermon, I shared these words from D.A. Carson:People do not drift toward holiness. Apart from grace-driven effort, people do not gravitate toward godliness, prayer, obedience to Scripture, faith, and delight in the Lord.We drift toward compromise...

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Down To Earth Launch

What’s better than being called “down to earth?”We use that phrase to describe people who are sensible, humble, and wise. Except . . . what if God sent his power down to earth? What if, in an invisible yet irresistible way, God shared the beauty and glory of heaven...

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From Heart To Screen And Back

I was speaking recently with a colleague about preparing and delivering remarks for a memorial service when we came up with a formula for the whole process.If you write out whatever it is that you're going to say (and I usuallly do), here's what we pray happens:What's...

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