Pastor Or Agitator?

So what's the more profound role for a person in my role: pastor or agitator? If you say pastor, then you'll believe that the most effective leader of a local church will care for souls, pursue healing, and excel in the ministry of presence. If you say agitator, then...

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My Relationship With Altar Calls

I admit that I have an uneasy relationship with the uniquely Southern, Protestant tradition of the "altar call": the invitation for people to come forward at the end of the service to surrender their lives to Christ. The source of my ambivalence? Well, on the one...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Sports Rants

They are moments etched in time. They are the source of phrases that have worked their way into the common vernacular. They are, frankly, sources of unending YouTube enjoyment. They are SPORTS RANTS. Sometimes coaches, sometimes players. Sometimes during press...

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Hunger, Hair Nets, And Heroes

I posted last week about our Fed Up With Hunger effort. Well, the results are in. A multi-cultural and multi-generational collection of Good Shepherd heroes gathered together Saturday morning, donned hair nets, and together fought hunger in the horn of Africa. Two...

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Another Big Weekend

Boundaries With Kids this weekend starts off with an event that transcends boundaries: Our Fed Up With Hunger project on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. (Check Wednesday's post for more information.) To register, sign up here. Then on Sunday I'll bring the second...

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How “Bridge Over Troubled Water” Is Like Ministry

In reading David Browne's Fire And Rain, a musical & cultural exploration of the pivotal-but-overlooked year of 1970, I learned some interesting factoids about Simon & Garfunkel's iconic Bridge Over Troubled Water. For example, did you know that Simon originally...

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Fed Up With Hunger

RIGHT NOW in the Horn of Africa people are dying every day from the worst famine in 60 years. Food and water are desperately needed. Good Shepherd has felt the call to be Jesus’ hands and feet in meeting that need. THIS Saturday, August 20, from 10:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m....

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Magazines

In this age of websites and ezines, I'm going to give a shout out to the old fashioned magazine. I've grown up on them. I still love reading them. There's something intoxicating about holding a glossy in my hands and reading up on the latest cultural trends, political...

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A Different Drug Problem

I came across this piece recently and so shared it the people of Good Shepherd during yesterday's launch of Boundaries With Kids: The other day, someone at a store in our town read that a crystal meth lab had been found in an old farmhouse in the adjoining county and...

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Boundaries With Kids

We've got a big weekend planned for you. First, our band plays at the Rivergate Shopping Center on Saturday, August 13, from 6-9 p.m. It's an ideal way for the larger Steele Creek community to have an introduction to Good Shepherd in a low threat, high touch...

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