Top Five Tuesday — Top Five ‘Always’ & ‘Never’

"Always" and "never" are words you're never supposed to use in marital spats (or that you're always supposed to avoid), but I thought I'd give some of the leading "always" and "never" moments from my life.1. I've never won at Bingo. And in doing nursing home ministry...

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Sacred Marriage Video Surprise

We showed this before the sermon yesterday:We had two purposes:1) To emphasize the theme of the series: God designed marriage more to make us holy than to make us happy.2) To put a face on at least part of my family. Because we have three services and because Julie,...

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Sacred Marriage Week Two

It's provocative but it's true.God designed marriage more to make us holy than to make us happy.That's what Sacred Marriage teaches us.And it has been so rewarding to hear the response of the people of Good Shepherd. A lot more "a-ha" than "no way!"So we're calling...

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Get Smart

As we walk together at Good Shepherd, we list "growing" as one of our milestones.Meaning, we invite and expect the people of the church to grow in their knowledge and application of biblical truths.One of the best ways we've found of accomplishing that goal is...

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Fixing Your Thoughts

Hebrews 3:1 says it this way:Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling,fix your thoughts on Jesus,the apostle and high priest whom we confess.My thoughts usually range from Good Shepherd to ESPN to Julie and my kids and then back to Good Shepherd....

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Top Five Tuesday — Five Things I Like About Pathfinders

So last night we had our launch of the Sacred Marriage Pathfinders group ministry. It was another reminder of why I like this approach to group life so much.Here goes . . . the top five things I like about Pathfinders.1. More people show up than sign up. Going into...

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Weekend Odds And Ends

Perhaps it was the fact that the weekend came so soon on the heels of the Labor Day holiday.Or maybe it was because the weekend was full of both down time and up time.Or even the fact that I spent some time getting over an infection brought on by my days at high...

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Sacred Marriage Launch

Urgent.Excited.Passionate.Determined.That's how I feel about our new series, Sacred Marriage.We're throwing all our best resources at this effort to cast new light on an ancient institution: sermons, music, visuals, and, perhaps most importantly, Pathfinders groups.We...

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Methodists in Utah

These pictures are from the stunning mountainside of Park City, Utah.Julie and I were there for three days last week at a gathering of Methodist pastors.A gathering of Methodists in Utah sounds weird, I must admit. There's another religious group beginning with "M"...

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The Bible And The Self

American culture is wrapped up in the "self.'There's Self magazine.A few years ago, many of us believed that infusing teenagers with self-esteem would solve their problems -- or prevent problems from arising in the first place.Even today, we focus in on self-respect...

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