The Value Of Values

It's good to know why you do certain things. It's true for both individuals and organizations.Which is why we put language to the values that support the mission of inviting all people into a living relationship with Jesus Christ.If you attend Good Shepherd already,...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Rock & Roll Christmas Songs

These five are not exactly "Away In A Manger," but by and large they sure are fun. 1. Paul Simon, Getting Ready For Christmas Day. As I posted back in April, I loved this song from the first time I heard it. Why does a non-observant Jew sample an African-American...

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An Adventure In Not Preaching

So yesterday I didn't preach.You might think that odd, since the Sunday before Christmas Eve is historically one of the most well-attended of the year. Which is precisely why I didn't preach.I thought it was an extraordinarily important time for the church to hear...

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World Not Worthy

Hebrews 11 conludes its "Hall Of Faith" -- a recitation of the many biblical characters who, ironically, did not "receive what was promised" despite a lifetime of obedience -- with these words:"the world was not worthy of them." What a thought: that we as God's people...

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Learning A Name And Finding A Follower

This past Saturday morning, as part of the clean up crew for our Room In The Inn ministry, I met someone who attends the church.It turns out that I had met him in passing before, but it had not registered.Anyway, I began a litany of questions for my new friend.How...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Memory Lane TV Shows

As I was born in 1961, I'm part of the first legitimate "TV Generation." So what are those shows that shaped my childhood and even today fill me with fondness as I traipse down memory lane?Here are the Top Five:1. Leave It To Beaver. Few things make me more nostalgic...

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The Polarities Of Pastoring

In the aftermath of a memorial service that we held last week, I began thinking about how different tasks in ministry require vastly different mindsets.On the one hand, as that memorial service suggests, we are with people in the most vulnerable times of their lives...

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