The Bible & Methodism

I have preached at the Pleasant Grove Campground near Waxhaw, NC five times over the past decade.It's always a great honor as hundreds of Methodists converge there every summer for a week of worship, renewal, and reunion.I posted on last year's experiece here.But do...

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Top Five Tuesday — Things I Like About My Job

Here are the five top things I like about serving as the pastor of Good Shepherd United Methodist Church:1. Studying for, preparing, and delivering Sunday morning messages.2. Conceiving and then carrying out an entire series in which we take a fresh look at an ancient...

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Haters & Sycophants

The Eagles had their "Hotel California."Leonardo DaVinci had his Mona Lisa.Orson Welles had his "Citizen Kane."Mark Twain had "Huckleberry Finn."Mr. Holland had his opus.And here's ours. "Haters & Sycophants." We played it in church yesterday.

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Don’t Miss This Sunday

If you have a trip, cancel it.If you have an operation, re-schedule it.If you have an emergency, ignore it.If you want to sleep in, wake up instead.You don't want to miss Week Four of The Office: "It's A Jungle Out There." That's all I can tell you now. You'll see...

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People & Change

Pastoral leaders are supposed to help people navigate change. It's part of the territory.Sometimes I do it well. Other times I don't.But someone said something a few months ago that has stuck with me: People don't fear change. They fear what they'll lose in change.How...

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The “World”

I John 2:15 puts it this way: "Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him."The "world" in that setting refers to the values and attitudes that shape culture. In our day, it applies equally to the...

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Top Five Tuesday

In my never-ending quest to keep this blog fresh -- and to establish the sort of weekly routine which I crave -- today is the first edition of "Top Five Tuesday"(Notice the alliteration there? Almost like I'm Baptist!)I'll provide different personal "top fives" on...

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We Was Robbed

I posted last Monday of my introduction to the world of high school track & field competition.Well, this past Saturday, Riley and teammates travelled to the Cary Academy near Raleigh for the state meet. Riley runs the opening leg of the 4 x 200 relay race -- an...

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When There’s No Office Anymore

It's a bit of a risk doing a series on work when so many people are out of work.So we decided to tackle it head on.Because as many people as there are who "hate their boss," these days there are even more who hate that guy or that girl who used to be their boss. You...

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New/Old Insight On Pastoral Counseling

I spend a fair amount of time in pastoral counseling. Subjects range from addictions to marital strife to emotional turmoil.I believe being "available" for that type of ministry is exceedingly important.In some sessions, I feel more than capable to do what I'm doing....

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