My Life Stinks Week 2 — Good Smell Rising

Perhaps you remember Credence Clearwater Revival's Bad Moon Rising.If not -- or if so -- here it is:Well, this Sunday at Good Shepherd is not about a Bad Moon Rising.It's about a Good Smell Rising as we move to Week 2 of "My Life Stinks."It's a good smell that...

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The Gospel In A Sentence

As I was helping someone with their next steps in faith on Wednesday night, I realized again how the whole of the gospel -- indeed, the whole of the Christian life -- is summarized in Philippians 1:21:Christ in me is to live, to die is to gain.That says it all,...

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Snow Day(s) Reading

Since the street in front of my house more resembles a hockey rink than a thoroughfare, I've been trapped for the last couple of days.I've taken some of that time to dig into Nicholas Carr's The Shallows: What The Internet Is Doing To Our Brains. (More info on the...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five College Football Helmets

In honor of last night's BCS Title Game between Auburn and Oregon, and with a shout out to my previous post on favorite NFL helmets, here's a list of my Top Five College Football helmet designs.The list is completely subjective. And, as you'll see, thoroughly...

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GSUMC In The News

We've gotten some nice -- and unsolicited -- publicity for our What Child Is This effort in the battle against human trafficking.Just last night, the local Fox News affiliate ran this piece on our project:Why was Fox News even aware of What Child Is This? Because of a...

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My Life Stinks Launch

Here's our new series at Good Shepherd:As Paul says in 2 Corinthians 2:14-16:But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him. For we are to God the aroma of Christ...

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Spur One Another On

For a variety of reasons, Hebrews 10:24 has been on my mind recently:And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.Well, since the author of Hebrews asks us to "consider" how it is that we can "spur on" others in the Body of Christ to...

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“Both And” Vs. “Either Or”

Methodism at its best has long been known for its ability to hold competing approaches to the faith together at the same time. In theological circles, we're known as "both/and" people as opposed to "either/or."Historically, you see this in Methodism's emphases on . ....

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Church Numbers From 2010

This past Sunday was a different sermon experience at Good Shepherd.The "Red Dot Sermon" was more a state of the church - a "You Are Here" message -- than a clarion call to action. (We'd had enough of that during What Child Is This.)As part of the message, I shared...

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