The Real Competition

I am hopelessly, helplessly, relentlessly competitive.The easy explanation is that my competitive streak stems from a lifetime of trying to become the number one ranked tennis player for kids my age in Texas. And you don't do that or get there without beating other...

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Time Well Spent

I spent most of Monday at a seminar with other pastors from the Charlotte District of the United Methodist Church. Gil Rendle, a consultant with The Alban Institute, led our time together, and issued a number of provocative observations about leadership in the local...

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More Cool, Free LoveDare Stuff

So yesterday was the second week of LoveDare.The sermon focused on I Corinthians 13:5: "[love] is not rude." I talked about the reality that many of us say things to our families, behind closed doors, that we would never say to people in public. How sad. My prayer is...

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LoveDare Week 2 — Finishing School

This is a door. And it has everything to do with Sunday's message, which is called "Finishing School." It's the second in the LoveDare series. To see what in the world it has to do with a door, you'll want to be at Good Shepherd. Sunday. 8:30. 10:00. 11:30.

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Not So Much

One day last week, I had a rather breezy post on things that I appreciate about life.For today, not so much.Here are some pet peeves:When, in an attempt to be grammatically correct, people get their personal pronouns all wrong. The worst is "God so loves you and I . ....

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The Burden Of Potential

The phrase "you've got a lot of potential" is a double-edged sword.On the one hand, it is certainly an encouragement to know that you have talents and abilities that are just waiting to be unleashed.On the other hand, a lot of people allow their "potential" to become...

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LoveDare, Week One

Here's the video that closed our service Sunday:Jerry & Eleanor helped bring home the point that is the foundation of LoveDare: lead your heart, don't follow it.If you haven't signed up for the LoveDare Pathfinder Group launch on Wednesday night, there's still...

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Snow Day Reflections

This is what Charlotte looks like today.So I spent the first half of the day at home before venturing out this afternoon.It all got me thinking to snow days gone by.Growing up in Dallas, Texas, we didn't have too many of them. In fact, I remember several very serious...

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LoveDare Is Coming

This Sunday launches LoveDare, a new series based on the book of the same name. This series will address relationships, romance, and, yes, marriage. Check it out:Why this series at this time? Because we're serious about addressing the marriage crisis in our community....

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Some Things I Like

Random reflections on things I really appreciate about life:Lime Tostitos. Once I eat the first one I can NOT stop.Colin Cowherd. ESPN Radio host each day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. He makes mid-day driving a treat, not a chore. Smart, witty, insightful. I would like to...

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