Say You Think God Is Really Hard To Understand . . .

. . . if so, we have an App For That.Actually, we don't.God does.You can find it in Proverbs 2:1-8, a section unique in Proverbs in that all the verses fit tightly together.Usually, Proverbs features incomparable wisdom in couplet form, with each couplet having little...

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When My Head Grew Heavy & My Sight Grew Dim

Over the past couple of weeks, my head grew heavy and my sight grew dim.No, not because I was headed back to the Hotel California.More like a return to seminary.I've been preparing for some messages two series from now. As in the one after the one after There's An App...

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A Gem On The 27th

Like many people in the Good Shepherd community, I am reading a chapter a day in the book of Proverbs during the month of January. Out loud.So today being January 27th, I was naturally in Proverbs 27. And 27:21 made me do a double take while also interrupting my...

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Passage Classes Begin Next Week

A scholar from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.A budding Ph.D.Four pastors from Good Shepherd itself.Some of the nicest, smartest volunteer teachers in our community.That's the faculty for our spring semester of the Passage School Of Theology at Good Shepherd.I...

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Answered Prayer, $57,000, And Strategic Confirmation

Yesterday at the end of church we announced that we had just written a check for $57,000 to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) in support of its efforts in Haiti.There are a couple of things about that gift that explain why we did what we did and why we...

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Say Your Kids ARE The Wild Things . . .

It's one thing when the wild things are in a classic book or an inventive movie.It's something else entirely when they are in our house.It's an issue when our kids are the wild things.Is there an app for that?We believe so.It involves rescuing one of the most...

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Health Kits For Haiti

We have three responses to Haiti:1. As part of First Serve on February 6, we will have a massive Meal Packing Project in which we'll assemble hundreds of dehydrated, ready-to-eat meals that will then be shipped to Port-Au-Prince.2. We have sent a check to UMCOR, the...

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My Faith Shall Be My Eyes

Chris Tomlin's "I Will Rise" has a lyric that stops me cold:There's a day that's drawing nearWhen this darkness breaks to lightAnd the shadows disappearAnd my faith shall be my eyes The last line is the one that gets me: "my faith shall be my eyes." Those of us who...

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Australian Reflections

The Australian Open began this week.It's one of the four "Grand Slam" tournaments of professional tennis, along with the French Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open.It also brings me back to the time I lived in Sydney, Australia for five months when I was 14.My father was...

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Things Other People Should Say

There are certain phrases that those of us who are part of the church in general and ministry in particular should never use as self-descriptors. In other words, we should never say them about ourselves . . . but we should be grateful if others say them about us.Here...

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