X Marks The Stop

Down on the bottom button bar of my computer there is a small green x.It's always before me. And I'm glad of that.That x reminds me that there are some people I love dearly at this church who will receive a weekly report of any questionable places I visit on the...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Bruce Springsteen Songs

How does someone raised in Texas who spends most of their adult life in North Carolina end up a Bruce Springsteen fan?Well, those seven years living in New Jersey didn't hurt. After all, many people in that place still want "Born To Run" to be the official state song....

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Isn’t It Ironic?

Julie and I spent this past weekend in Dallas celebrating my nephew's wedding. As a lot of you know, I was born and raised there, living in the same house from birth until I went away to college at 18.Anyway, while we tooled around town visiting a lot of familiar...

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Elements Week Four — Notes

So we're moving on with Elements.People have been stretched, challenged, comforted, and educated through our exploration of why we do what we do in church on Sundays.I expect more of the same on Sunday.And experiential look at the roles of "notes" in our worship...

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A Personal Relationship With . . .

. . . Jesus Christ.That's how most of us in the evangelical world have grown accustomed to completing that sentence. In many ways, that phrase has become synonymous with modern American evangelical Christianity.Yet I wonder if that notion of a living relationship with...

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The Goal Of Happiness

I run into a lot of people who long simply to be "happy." Satisfied. Content.And they devise all kinds of ways of reaching their goal: new relationships, new possessions, new appearance, new location.But you know what happens, right? Those efforts inevitably fail to...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Food Rules

I admit it: I've got some weird idiosyncracies when it comes to food.Some of these have been in place a long time, while others I've had to adopt in recent years as my allergies to gluten & wheat products have emerged.In any event, here goes: my Top Five Food Rules.1....

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Three Points And A . . . Tie?

Yesterday was a different experience for me at Good Shepherd.For one, I wore a jacket and tie. The most frequently asked question was "what's the deal with the tie?" A few people even suspected that my Methodist "boss" would be in the service -- perhaps having heard...

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Elements, Week Three: Words

We've eaten bread.We've been immersed in water.Now it's time for words.Why do we use words in worship? What do we actually believe God does with them? Our vocal chords work, air emerges, words get sounded out, and that's supposed to change the world?We'll...

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Guest Bloggers From Haiti — Ron Dozier & Mike Gathman

Talbot, We have had an amazing time here connecting with the children at the three orphanages we have visited. You would be very proud of the GS volunteers who are on this trip.We have had some internet issues so that has delayed sending the blogs in a timely manner....

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