A Recent Staff Mantra

I've been saying it so much to staff recently that they've begun repeating it back to me with wry smiles.The most important part of your job is not your job. It's helping this team be the best team it can be.Inspired by Patrick Lencioni's Five Dysfunctions Of A Team,...

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Jaw Dropping

This past Sunday evening, our Good Shepherd youth descended on Uptown Charlotte to put hands and feet to a living relationship with Jesus Christ.In lieu of their customary BigHouse Gathering in our Corner Campus, 220 students and volunteers ventured to the uptown area...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Potential Sermon Series

This will be a very different kind of Top Five Tuesday.For one, they are five things that haven't happened yet.For another, you'll help determine which ones actually happen and possibly even the order in which they happen.Here's what's going on: I already have the...

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An Irrational Love

In John Irving's novel The Last Night In Twisted River, the narrator makes this observation:But family histories – chiefly, perhaps, the stories we are told as children – invade our most basic instincts and inform our deepest memories, especially in an emergency. I...

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Inviting. All People. Into A Living Relationship

As we put language to our mission at Good Shepherd, we know there is one thing we want to avoid: dead religion.Because dead religion is everywhere, isn't it? Some Christians and even some churches seem to specialize in it.You may even have had seasons in your life...

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First Serve This Weekend

It's a First Serve weekend.It's not just for Saturday anymore; we've got Friday opportunities as well.To be part of the ministry with far reaching community impact, check here. Find a venue that fits your schedule, abilities, and passions, and make a difference.

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The Priesthood Of Believers Vs. Apostolic Succession

Candy bars one day, arcane church structure debates the next.In the course of some friendly e-conversation with a fellow UMC pastor regarding lay involvement in baptism and communion, I realized that we weren't really disagreeing over baptism and communion.Our...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Candy Bars

There is nothing quite like a good candy bar, is there?I remember when they cost a dime. I'd ride my bike up to the neighborhood Seven-Eleven Store, put a dime on the counter, and ask for a Baby Ruth. Those really were the days.It's no exaggeration to say that candy...

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Reflections On 100

Yesterday was the 100th anniversary of my father's birth.Although he died in 2006 and so "only" lived to be 95, there is something about the 100th anniversary of anything that is worth noting.So it is with my dad, Harvey Davis. Here are some things I've been thinking...

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