Forgotten God, Week 3: Why Do You Want Him?

Why indeed?Is it power or gifts or notoriety or tingles?Or something altogether more subtle. But more enduring.I love the answer Jesus gives to this question.And I can't wait to share it.Sunday.8:30. 10. 11:30.

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Methodism And Pretend Diversity

Not long ago, I was asked to speak to a Methodist gathering about Evangelism & Diversity.I don't know what kind of expertise I have, but I do know how to tell a little bit of the Good Shepherd story . . . how it is that we have moved from a virtually all-white...

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Evangelical Vs. Evangelistic

The entire word grouping of evangelical, evangelism, and evangelistic is loaded, isn't it?That word family conjures up in some minds images of bad TV preachers, divisive politicians, and out-of-touch congregations.So for this post, I want to re-claim the root word as...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Lines In Rock

There was a recent survey on the most influential quotes from the motion picture industry. Some obvious winners include "Make my day," "Show me the money!" and "Do you feel lucky today, punk?"So it got me thinking . . . what are some unforgettable lines in rock music?...

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En Fuego

We showed this as part of the sermon yesterday.Screenwriter: Chris Macedo.Director: Chris Macedo.Lead Actor: Chris Macedo.Hmmmmm.

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The Forgotten God, Week 2 — What Are You Afraid Of?

For me, it's rats.And heights.And failure.What about you?Where's your fear?For a lot of churches and ministries, that fear has to do with the Holy Spirit.Too much, too little.But we'll discover an entirely different kind of fear when it comes to the Spirit this...

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Worthy Of Suffering

I've always loved Acts 5:41:The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name.Suffering for the faith, then, is a privilege. A reward for faithfulness in the midst of persecution.Frankly, most of the...

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A Proverb And A Slogan

While in the middle of some leadership development yesterday, our leadership developer gave us this gem:The difference between a proverb and a slogan is that a proverb stays with you all your life.Hmmm.Christianity all too often gets reduced to mere slogans, usually...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Tennis Debuts

This past Sunday, at a relatively obscure professional tournament called the SAP Open in San Jose, I saw the future of tennis and its name is Milos Raonic.Raonic, a 20 year old Canadian of Serbian descent, won his first pro event ever, beating world #9 Fernando...

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Lunch With A Preacher And Then Holy Communion

This past week, I had lunch with Kelvin Smith, the pastor of Steele Creek Church Of Charlotte, a large, independent, multi-ethnic, charismatic congregation located about five miles from Good Shepherd.Though we've been serving in proximity to each other for the past 12...

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