Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Phobias

There are some things about which I have irrational fears.These are the kinds of things that keep me up at night or give that sinking feeling in my stomach if I'm already awake.So here they are:5. That I'll drive up one Sunday and NO ONE will be at church. Of...

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Two Signs Of Grace

Over the past weekend, I saw two small acts of kindness that communicated large measures of grace.Both of them involved teenagers, and both were reminders that God is still at work in the world.First, on Friday night as we were watching Riley's football game -- they...

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First Serve & Serving First

First Serve is back.It's one of the best things we do at Good Shepherd as several hundred of us fan out in ministry on the first Saturday of each month. You can see the different ministry options and sign up for the one that stirs your adrenaline here.And for the men,...

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The God Who Sees Me

To say that Hagar is not a biblical hero is something of an understatement.We easily preach sermons on Abraham, Moses, Ruth, and even Jacob.But Hagar? Not so much.She's a maidservant for goodness sakes. She's "the other woman" -- in a sense used by Abraham for...

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Where Have All The Editors Gone?

The book I am currently reading (not listed in Books I Like on the left, by the way) contains this sentence:A tough customer who was determined to leave it all on the field, Somerville, like many of his teammates, played way above his head.Let's see. That's three...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Things About A Texas Weekend

I don't ride horses, wear cowboy hats, hunt deer, or eat barbecue brisket.But I am Texan.It's hard to understand if you're not from there, but if you are you know what I mean: it's always home.So I was excited to travel there this past weekend with my 18 year old son...

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While I Was Away . . .

While I was away this weekend (more on that trip tomorrow), we showed this in Sunday's worship:Rebecca Grayson then followed that with a killer sermon called "The Love Laboratory."Something else interesting happened in worship yesterday: we received an award from Adam...

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Sacred Marriage Week Three – The Love Laboratory

A laboratory that produces love.Full of mistakes, miscalculations, and then, when you least expect it, strokes of genius.That's what this Sunday is about.Sacred Marriage, Week Three: The Love Laboratory.Don't miss it. The Spirit's moving.Sunday.8:30. 10. 11:30.

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Small Things Are Big

One day this week, I took one of our staffers along for a pastoral visit with a family in the early stages of grief.As some of you know, it's the kind of work that I find challening but invigorating.On the drive back to the church, my Good Shepherd colleague and I...

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Wednesday Groups & Sunday Classes

This semester, we're dividing up our Passage classes into two different days meeting two different needs.Wednesday nights are care-oriented classes and groups. We launch both GriefShare and Financial Peace University tonight. Considering that the bulk of my pastoral...

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