Staff Field Trip

Today, I'm taking the Good Shepherd staff on a field trip.To South Park Mall.Not exactly high culture. Nor is it continuing education.It's blatant consumerism.But it's also my expression of thanks at Christmas.I've gotten each of them a gift card they can use anywhere...

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Making Blog Out Of Nothing At All

If you remember the 70s at all, you have to remember this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lE6Htee0sA Today, I feel about blogging like Air Supply did about love. I got nothing. Zip. Zero. Nada. Now, I have a lot of stuff I want to blog about. But some of those things...

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The Church Being The Church

We dedicated a Habitat For Humanity house on Saturday.We parntered with Selwyn Avenue Presbyterian Church as well as some corporate sponsors in Charlotte.It took 14 Saturdays of volunteer labor to build a house for and with the Hoover family. The Hoovers worked right...

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How Methodist?

Notice anything about these two church logos?Neither mention Methodism.Yet these are two of the most influential and effective Methodist churches in the USA -- one of them in Indiana and the other in Houston.There's some interesting conversation in the blogosphere...

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Hospitals

I'll be visiting in the hospitals later today.Occasionally I'll hear that pastors of churches the size of Good Shepherd don't do hospital visitation anymore.Now I don't do all of it. I share responsibilities with Rich Tuttle, our Pastor of Congregational Care, who has...

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Planning A Series

So today we had a planning meeting to lay out the first Sunday morning message series of 2009.And as always happens, more and better ideas emerge out of that group than I could ever come up with on my own. Those meetings are why series like Oddballs and Loved have...

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“No” Is A Complete Sentence.

I'm quite fond of telling parents "'No' is a complete sentence." It gives parents a renewed sense of authority and strength.However, I not nearly as good at realizing the same thing is true in church.Most church leaders are like me: someone in the church has an idea...

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ChristmasTIME

I love the way Galatians 4:4 puts it:"But when the fulness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law . . . " (NASB).The "fulness of time" is our focus this Christmas season at Good Shepherd.The times we are in are unprecedented....

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The Dangers Of Competency

In recent weeks, I have been nostalgic for the attitude and spirit I had when pastoring at Mt. Carmel Church in Monroe from 1990-1999.It was a small church tucked in an out-of-the-way location. The only way you drove by the church was if you were going to the church....

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Calling In Sick

For the last two mornings, I have had this strong desire to call in sick.Now I'm not sick, mind you.But the bed felt awfully warm. And there were some things on my schedule that I simply didn't want to face. And I knew the days ahead were long.So I thought, "wouldn't...

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