The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

No, it's not Christmas.It's Wimbledon, which starts today.The image to the right is of Centre Court, the most famous venue in all of tennis.This year, they have added a retractable roof to Centre Court, making rain delays into a distant memory.What could be better?...

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They’re All Hypocrites!

Two faces are pretty frightening, aren't they? That's how a lot of the world beyond the church perceives the world inside the church: as full of two-faced people. Hypocrites, in other words. So this Sunday at Good Shepherd, we'll talk about becoming the kind of people...

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A Ministry Trap

I recently heard a pastor-teacher say, "We can get so wrapped up in what God is doing through us that we neglect what God needs to do in us."So true. Guilty as charged.Pastorally speaking, it is easy to become enamored with all the things God does through us: lead...

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Help

Psalm 28:7 stopped me in my tracks recently:The Lord is my stength and my shield;my hearts trusts in him,and I am helped. It's the last line that gets me.Not "I hope to be helped." Not "I might be helped." Not "sometimes I am helped." Instead, a simple, powerful...

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Subtle Influences?

Yesterday's post ended with a question: what seen and unseen influences might have led me to sense that God was moving me towards pastoral ministry?I've thought about that question for the last several days.As far as I know, there were not any pastors on either side...

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Reflections On Reflections On My Call To Preach

While in Lake Junaluska last week, I picked up and read a delightful little book by Fred Craddock called Reflections On My Call To Preach. Craddock is professor emeritus of preaching at the Candler School of Theology, the United Methodist Seminary at Emory University....

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Christians In A Bubble

Paul Simon sang about The Boy In The Bubble on his classic 1986 album Graceland.You can see and hear it here. It's well worth your time.The bubble in the image to the right and on the song is designed to protect and to insulate. Of course in the case of serious...

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Methodist Holy Land

For the next couple of days I am at Lake Junaluska, NC attending the 2009 meeting of the Western North Carolina Annual Conference for the United Methodist Church.That's a mouthful.It's the yearly gathering of every United Methodist pastor and one lay member per pastor...

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Churches & Money

You'll need your bible for this one.To find out how to pull off a church barbecue, check here: Acts 29:13.To read about the successful bake sale they had in Corinth, look here: II Corinthians 8:28-29.To get biblical instructions for a profitable yard sale, study...

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Quarter Century

The picture on the right comes from June 9, 1984.So today marks the 25th wedding anniversary for me and for Julie.Some reflections from that day 25 years ago:1. It was hot. 100 degrees hot. In Princeton, New Jersey. And the Princeton University Chapel, where we had...

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