Tongues In Speaking

I have loved researching, preparing, and then delivering the sermons for the Rubber, Meet Road series.It's given me a new appreciation for that entire process.More importantly, it's given me a new appreciation for the book of James.What I previously thought to be a...

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Earth Has Nothing

On a day I was supposed to read Psalm 76 for the Bible study I am teaching, I inadvertently read Psalm 73 instead.Now I know why.Psalm 73:25b stopped me: And earth has nothing I desire besides You.Man. Earth has nothing.That'll probably be a sermon series one day.In...

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I’m Biased

I'm not objective when it comes to Pathfinder.It's one of the best things we do at Good Shepherd, and I say that because I've been involved with it as a participant.Pathfinder is our easy on-ramp to group life at this church. It's where community begins. It makes a...

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The One Point Sermon

This past week, I received an email from someone who attended Good Shepherd for a season and then had to move to another part of the country. Anyway, part of his email said that he and his family still remember and use the phrase "forgiveness is learned, so teach it...

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Rich Man, Poor Man

I like giving messages in which I know there are a couple of "I can't believe I'm gonna say this but I'm gonna say it anyway!" moments.Week Three of Rubber, Meet Road has those moments.It's called Rich Man, Poor Man and to get ready for it, read James 2:1-9.And then...

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Ministry Happens

I don't know if I heard it somewhere or thought of it myself (probably the former, hopefully the latter), but in any event I wrote it down:Ministry happens when your fear of disappointing God is greater than your fear of disappointing people.Whew.As a recovering...

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I Learned How To Read In Seminary

With all due respect to my mother who taught me to read when I was four or five, and with apologies to my undergraduate degree in English, I really did learn how to read in seminary.As in close reading. As in learning to observe what's going on in a piece of...

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Scheduling The Unscheduled

If you're like me, you like things to run on schedule.Trains, planes, automobiles . . . and work weeks.In fact, I typically like to do the same things on the same days each week. So most weeks look a lot like the ones that came before and like the ones to follow.Maybe...

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Faith Without Works Is Dead

We showed this yesterday to hammer home the idea that "faith without works is dead":Fun to make, more fun to play on Sunday.Thanks to Sonic for their inspiration.And to WHAM for their timeless music . . .

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Some People Think This Shouldn’t Be In The Bible

Martin Luther's influence on Christianity is profound. And complex. As a German pastor and theologian of the 16th Century, he re-discovered St. Paul's doctrine of salvation by grace through faith, based on passages like Ephesians 2:8-9. He courageously stood up...

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