Cool Threads

If you win the Masters, you get a Green Jacket.If you're nominated for an Oscar, you walk down the red carpet showing off your designer dress.If you become a famous attorney, people talk about your "power tie."If you're a rock & roll icon, teenagers wear T-shirts with...

read more

Two Sprints & Boxes Everywhere

We are in an unusual season at Good Shepherd in that we are having back to back sprints.The first sprint was our Radical Impact Project known as Fed Up Sunday. We're still reeling from how good God was to our community that day.But instead of taking a pause to allow...

read more

Progress, Counseling, and Church Unique

I recently heard a pastor I respect very much say that church leaders who place a high value on progress are typically very poor at pastoral counseling. What he was saying made intuitive sense: people who have a bias for progress by definition look to the future. They...

read more

Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Tuttle-Isms

A few weeks ago, I spent two-and-a-half days with a group of United Methodist pastors sitting under the teaching of Robert Tuttle, a retired professor from, among other places, Asbury Seminary.Tuttle's time in Wilmore came after I was a student there, so this was my...

read more

It’s So Much Better Than Football

I admit that many times during the NFL season I lament having Sunday evening responsibilities at church.There are times when I wish I could simply lounge at home and watch the late afternoon game in its totality.Yesterday, I harbored some of those feelings as I made...

read more

The Devil May Wear Prada, But Jesus Wears . . .

Fashion Statement has taken me by surprise.Come to think of it, many of our series do. Some that I think will tread water end up surging with momentum. Others that I'm convince will launch us to new levels of ministry stay in holding pattern instead.Fashion Statement...

read more

Draw Near

Hebrews 10:19-22 is a high point in Scripture:"Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened up for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great high priest over...

read more

Can Wrong Methods Lead To Right Results?

We've been having some conversation around here regarding the connection between methods and results.Now our specific subject has been Rick Warren. Most of you know him as the author of the best-selling Purpose Driven Life and pastor of Saddleback Church in southern...

read more

Fashion Statement Fabric

Yesterday we recovered from our Fed Up Sunday by digging deep into Colossians 3:12 again: "Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience."We learned together that biblical...

read more