Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Things I’ve Slept Through

Since I went to bed early this past Sunday night, I was completely unaware of the US military's successful raid against Osama bin Laden until I opened the newspaper (yes, I still read one)on Monday morning.Which got me thinking . . . what are some other major stories...

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An Unusual Applause Line

Every so often, something I say in a sermon elicits spontaneous applause from the people of Good Shepherd. I can't generally predict when this will happen . . . usually it follows a bold-ish comment about the unique-ness of the Risen Christ.It's certainly most common...

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JesusTweets Launch

The series that comes after Easter is as important as what comes before.That's why we knew we had to do JesusTweets as our Easter follow-up.JesusTweets? You bet. Why?Because Twitter is all about followers. It counts people who follow people.Sort of like Jesus."Follow...

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The Eternal Kansas City

Van Morrison released this enigmatic yet engaging tune about Kansas City way back in 1977:Why do I share that with you?Because I'm in the "eternal Kansas City" for a couple of days this week.It's part of a gathering of the pastors of the 100 largest United Methodist...

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Top Five Tuesday: Top Five Observations From Easter 2011

Here are reflections & observations for a resurrection well celebrated at Good Shepherd:1. Opening with a raucous rendition of Mike Farris' Ain't No Grave was the ideal way to start out. We laughed that people came to Good Shepherd for some "Resurrection Blues." 2. So...

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The Best Easter Note Of Encouragement

On Easter Sunday, I got up very early (of course) to get ready for the Sunrise Service.As I made my way into the kitchen to prepare my English muffin (with honey, thank you) and hard boiled egg, I noticed a small piece of scratch paper on the kitchen counter.On the...

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The Lines Lead To Easter

Here's what to expect from our "Lines" this Holy Weekend:Good Friday Worship: 7:00 p.m. TONIGHT Message: "Flatline"Easter Sunday Worship:7:00 a.m. -- Sunrise Service at the Corner Campus8:30 a.m. -- Easter Celebration in the Worship Center10 a.m. -- Easter Celebration...

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Not Settling For Mediocrity

In the "Books I Like" section on the left, you'll note that I've recently read "The Story Of Asbury Theological Seminary."I loved it.But I'm weird. And a devoted alum.Anyway, I read that Henry Clay Morrison, the founding president of the school, once said that he...

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A New Song I Love

It's not often I love a song on first hearing.Yet I stumbled across Paul Simon's "Getting Ready For Christmas Day" the other day and got hooked. Immediately. The conversation you'll hear in the background is a "sample" of a 1941 sermon delivered by Rev. J.M. Gates....

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