Passage Launch

The point of last Sunday's message was God wants to be found, understood, and loved. SO START DIGGING. Based on Proverbs 2:1-8, you can listen to it here.I'm so glad that many people at Good Shepherd have grabbed their shovels and gone to work.We launched our Passage...

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Better Church vs. Better Life

This may be wishful thinking and it is admittedly anecdotal, but I've noticed a shift in the kinds of new people coming into the life of Good Shepherd these days.In earlier seasons of this church's life, we seemed to get a lot of people who were looking for "a better...

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Addition By Subtraction

It's a hard lesson of ministry. It's a lesson I'm still learning.But it's true nonetheless.Addition By Subtraction.On many occasions, the best way to strengthen a church's impact & effectiveness is to lessen the number of things a church actually does.When a...

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What Is It About Football?

Almost every September, I vow to myself: "This year's going to be different. Football has too many injuries and I spend too much time watching it anyway. I'll spend my time more productively than parked in front of the TV."And every year I break my vow.What is it...

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Second Time’s A Charm

We're trying it again.If You Think God's Really Hard To Understand . . . There's An App For That.We got snowed out last week.But not this time.It will be the ideal way to end There's An App For That as well as to launch into our Passage School Of Theology.Sunday....

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Pen Pals

I have a couple of pen pals.One is in a North Carolina prison. The other is in the Mecklenburg County jail. Both have connections to Good Shepherd.What is most interesting about these pens pals is the speed at which they reply to a letter. It's almost as if I receive...

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It’s Not What You Do . . .

Best line uttered by one of the teaching team members at Christ Fellowship Church:"It's not what you do; it's what you do with what you do."In other words, it's not enough simply to pull off a big event -- that's what you do.The heart of ministry lies in the follow up...

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In South Florida

As you read this, I am with 25 other United Methodist pastors from Western North Carolina receiving in depth training from the leaders of Christ Fellowship Church in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.It's part of a year-long leadership development program sponsored by the...

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Preachers & Weather

So we cancelled all activities yesterday, as did the majority of churches in the Charlotte region.All of which gets me thinking about preachers and weather. I never dreamed when I entered ministry in 1990 that I'd waste so much emotional energy worrying about weather...

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Sunday Services Cancelled

:(For the first time since January 2000, we having to cancel all Sunday activities at Good Shepherd due to icy road conditions.See you next week!

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