Cambodian Methodism

Our final meeting in Phnom Penh was the most important of them all as our GSUMC team gathered with 10 District Superintendents of the Cambodian Methodist Church. We were struck with the courage of these pastors and leaders. Most are the only Christians in their entire...

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And That’s The Way it Was . . . .

As I mentioned in Tuesday's post, Good Shepherd's founding pastor Claude Kayler forged a relationship with Cambodian pastor Sopeung Sok in 1999 and 2000.As a result, our church was able to build a church building for Pastor Sopeung's church early in the last decade.So...

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That Weren’t No Coincidence

On our first night in Phnom Penh, we had a dinner with about 15 United Methodist pastors and young adult leader.I sat down next to a very nice young woman who introduced herself to me. Turns out she is the president of United Methodist Youth in Cambodia. That's a...

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Who Are These Guys And Where Are They Going?

As you read this, I am somewhere over the Pacific Ocean, travelling with these three friends of mine.From the left, it's Mike Dey, Ron Dozier, Brian Braunschweiger, and well, you know.All of us are part of the Good Shepherd family.We are flying into Phnom Penh,...

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Modern Art & Ancient Theology

Yesterday, I took the staff on a field trip to the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art in center city Charlotte. It's a spectacular place.We joked that we were going "uptown and high brow." So we did.We also had a charming "docent" -- which is a cool name for a tour guide...

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Serving As Your Family’s Pastor

Throughout the years, I've had several occasions to serve in pastoral roles on both sides of my family -- with my extended family and with Julie's.It's usually pretty nerve-wracking.Why? Because the shift in roles is so dramatic. These are people who changed my...

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The Holy Spirit’s Least Glamorous Ministry

Most of the time, we think of Spirit-filled people and Spirit-filled churches in terms of enthusiasm: vibrant worship, gifts of healing and miracles, supernatural levels of love and commitment.And then Jesus comes along with these distinctly un-glamorous words:And...

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