Sharing Space & Basking Breakfast

This week, Good Shepherd United Methodist Church has become, briefly, the Charlotte Campus of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.That's because the seminary's permanent Charlotte campus is otherwise occupied this week hosting an exhibit for the Museum of the Bible....

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Trusting The God In Others

I had lunch with someone from the church this past week who encouraged me to "trust the God in others."As it turned out, the timing -- and the advice -- could not have been better.Because yesterday at Good Shepherd was a first of its kind: an invitation to "salvation...

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But For The Grace Of God

I think the series art is beautiful.I believe the lobby refresh and logo redesign will be exciting.But it's the message that I am most excited about.And not just the message in the Worship Center.Across all the different venues of Good Shepherd -- in that Worship...

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Re-Stating The Obvious

Pastoral ministry goes better when you are in love with Jesus than when you aren't.I know this to be the case because I've tried it both ways.

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Some New Math

I've realized something in talking with church leaders and trying to understand momentum in church:When you simplify the proclamation, you multiply the impact.Here's what I mean. We at Good Shepherd have quite consciously become less clever and more bold on Sundays....

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Play-By-Play Broadcasters

The role of a play-by-play announcer in a sports broadcast is a delicate one.The good ones strike this balance of emotional detachment and personal involvement. They're not supposed to betray who they want to win nor even offer many opinions on what is occuring on the...

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I Am A Traditionalist

I learned this weekend what people who prefer traditional worship over contemporary and post-modern worship feel like.And it was tennis that taught me that lesson.Yesterday featured what many experts are calling one of the greatest, if not the greatest, tennis match...

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Sin’s First Consequence

It seems as if everybody knows the story of Adam, Eve, and the Garden.But few people have actually read it.Which is why I love teaching it to a group of people.Such was the case last night in our First Step class for people considering church membership.We realized...

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The Sounds Of Grief

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about a presentation our staff heard from Asbury Seminary professor Ben Witherington. And then the day after that presentation, Witherington's 32-year-old daughter died of a pulmonary embolism.Dr. Witherington has had a couple of...

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