The Body Ministering To The Body

Yesterday we concluded the sermon with one sentence testimonies by seven different people from the Good Shepherd community, each of whom is in the process of being "delivered" from the Pharaoh that has plagued their lives.But that wasn't the best part.The best part...

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Becoming What We Be

I'm reading a terrific little monograph by Asbury Seminary President Timothy Tennent called This We Believe: Meditations On The Apostle's Creed.(By the way, I received the book as a gift through the mail and in spite of several internet searches can't locate a way for...

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Preaching To Preachers

We have a number of pastors who attend Good Shepherd.Some of them are missionaries who have returned from overseas and are in the midst of discerning their next steps in ministry.Others are pastors-in-training, studying either at bible college or seminary and in...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Paul Simon Songs

Paul Simon has been on my mind this holiday season.Part of it has to do with his "Getting Ready For Christmas Day," an infectious tune he released in the spring of 2011.The other part of it is because my son Riley gave me a CD copy of Graceland for Christmas....

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Forward To The Past

That's what we're doing on January 1.One service only at 10 a.m.It will help explain so much of why we do what we do here.

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Numerical Milestones

2011 was a year full of milestones for my family and for our church. Some of those milestones are best captured by the numbers . . . Four. That's how many sets of reading glasses I now must have scattered around my life. One for the kitchen table to read the...

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Ready To Fly

Many years ago, as our then-four-year-old daughter Taylor took a readiness test for kindergarten at Charlotte Christian School, the admissions counselor said to us, "she's ready to fly."And so she is again.After graduating from college in May and working as a Web...

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5, 7, 9. Oh, and 10.

It's been building to this.Christmas Eve Services:5 p.m.: Children's Worship Experience, complete with worship leading by G-Force singers and pre-school bell ringers.7 p.m.: Candlelight Praise and Worship with a message called "Night Light."9 p.m.: Candlelight Praise...

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A Night At The Transportation Center

Last night I joined about 25 of our BigHouse students for an evening of impromptu ministry at the Transportation Center in the heart of uptown Charlotte.We set up tables, handed out gloves, socks, & scarves, gave out cups of hot chocolate and bags of cookies, and...

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