Inviting. All People.

Last week we unveiled our new mission statement at Good Shepherd:Inviting All People Into A Living Relationship With Jesus Christ.We drilled down into the meaning of "inviting," drawing inspiration from Jesus' own adventures as an invited guest in Luke 14.This week...

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Some Random Questions

So here are some questions I've found myself asking recently:1. Why do modern-day captains of industry make money merely by moving money rather than producing goods and services?2. Why does the Remasters CD of Led Zeppelin's greatest songs not include two of their...

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When You Know You’re Successful

I'm not exactly happy with the fact that this photo shows Larry Fitzgerald scoring agains the Panthers, but you have to admit that it's a cool shot.It also demonstrates the fact that football teams know exactly when they are successful: when they cross the goal line....

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Guitar Solos

A couple of months ago, I posted about my Top Five Rock Guitar Riffs.Today, it's my top five solos.And what's the difference between a riff and a solo? A riff is a recurring sequence of notes that forms the song's signature, while a solo is longer and more...

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Big House Launch

Last night we launched the fall season of our Big House Student Ministry. 200 students, 40 volunteers, food, music, conversation, teaching, and prayer.And one of the best ideas I've seen in a long time: a VIP "Lounge" reserved strictly for sixth graders.Now: it can be...

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It’s A Living Thing, Week One

Something new is underway at Good Shepherd. We’re reshaping, refining, and revisioning what our church is all about. And it all starts with the Big What: what is it that we are doing? What is our purpose in establishing this presence on this corner? After almost a...

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And Another

I remember once seeing a church sign that had as its tagline: "that in all things Christ might have preeminence" (Colossians 1:18).Let's give that one a C for marketing but an A+ for theology.Colossians 1:15-20 is one of my favorite carried away passages from Paul's...

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Still Carried Away

It's no exaggeration to say that the book of Ephesians brought me back from the brink and into faith.Yesterday, I spoke of the role of Paul's first prayer in Ephesians 1. Now look at his second prayer in Ephesians 3:14-21:14 For this reason I kneel before the Father,...

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More Getting Carried Away With Paul (Part 2)

Top Five Tuesday will return next week. I'm carried away with Paul.In 1986, I was in a dark place spiritually. I was living as a mid-80s yuppie, feeling disconnected from any call into ministry, and wondering at times if it wouldn't just be easier to live without any...

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Getting Carried Away With Paul, Part 1

I have found myself wanting to get carried away like Paul recently.What do I mean by that?Scattered throughout his letters, there are times when Paul becomes so exuberant about the subject at hand that he simply gets carried away. It's almost always when he is...

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