Listening To My Own Sermon

If you've heard any of the messages in Text Message, you know I'm big on reading the bible out loud. That's how most of the books in the bible are designed to be experienced: audibly and in community.Unfortunately, we read most of them silently and in...

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A Series And A Church

Does a great series make a great church?I've been wondering that recently.We put a lot of work into the different Sunday series. We lay it out for titles that pop, visuals that capture, music that moves, and, hopefully, messages that connect.Some of the ones I feel...

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Top Five Tuesday: Top Five Wimbledon Moments

I have never been to Wimbledon. Something about sitting in a cold rain in early July doesn't appeal to me.And for the last 20 years, I haven't been able to watch a men's final as those matches are played when I'm working. Sunday morning.Nevertheless, like any tennis...

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Pastor Rich Tuttle To Catawba UMC

Since 2006, Rich Tuttle has served as our Pastor of Congregational Care. In that time, he has demonstrated a rare gift for helping people navigate the most difficult seasons of life: grief, sickness, and family strife. He excels at what people in the ministry call a...

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Text Message Week 3: RYB

What a goal for a series of messages: that people would READ THE BIBLE.This week we get intensely practical on what that looks like.And then we'll bring some surprises as far as what happens when you actually read it. It's not what you'd expect.I'm so glad we've done...

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Take Your First Step

I truly enjoy teaching First Step, our membership exploration class at Good Shepherd.It allows me to get to know a group of 20-25 people who are new to the church in an informal, conversational setting.It gives me a forum to lay out what I believe are the essentials...

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A Slice Of Sunday Morning

This past Sunday, my message offered a "grand sweep" of the bible's story.Informed by some of Andy Stanley's work, it was more of a lecture than a sermon. I hope and believe it helped bible novices and bible experts alike have some "a-ha" moments regarding the...

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Top Five Tuesday — Five Reasons I Am Methodist

I am a Christian first of all.But within that larger confession of faith, I have identified with the particular expression known as Methodism for the last 28 years.And since I spent a couple of days last week at a uniquely Methodist gathering -- the Western North...

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ConTXT, Week 2

I like the rhythm we have going the last couple of weeks.Text in the morning. ConTXT at night.Last night, we moved the ConTXT event into the Worship Center.The event itself featured a panel discussion moderated by Chris Thayer our Discipleship Intern.Rich Tuttle, our...

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Text Message Week Two: 2GTBT

I can't wait for Sunday.I feel that most weeks, but especially this Sunday, June 13.I'll be attempting something I've never quite tried before. To borrow a cliche, it's "outside of my comfort zone."But I believe it has the potential to be extremely helpful in the...

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