Therapeutic or Theocentric?

As we continue to navigate what we want Good Shepherd to do and be and how we want it to feel, the following distinction keeps roaming around in my head: Are our experiences therapeutic or theocentric? Now those are big sounding words but they actually communicate...

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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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#TBT — May 6, 1984

My college tennis coach, David Benjamin, attached this photo in a recent email. The picture was taken at the opening of the (then) brand new Lenz Tennis Center on Princeton's campus late in my senior year of 1984. What is most surprising about the photo (aside from...

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A Good Idea Involving Go Eat Pop Corn

For the last six months, my Men's LifeGroup and I have been reading the same Scripture each morning. After I read the day's segment, I then send an email to all the guys giving some background, context, and insight regarding what we've read. Several of them have told...

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Peter, Paul, And Scary

As part of our ongoing series “The Fine Art Of Belly-Aching” we’re encouraging the people of Good Shepherd Church to begin their days in the Word and not in the world. I am devoting this space to reading prompts so that we can resource the same people we encourage....

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MORE GETTING CARRIED AWAY WITH PAUL

In 1986, I was in a dark place spiritually. I was living as a mid-80s yuppie, feeling disconnected from any call into ministry, and wondering at times if it wouldn’t just be easier to live without any faith claim at all. Yet prevenient grace intervened. I made friends...

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