Forgetting What I Remember

I have posted before on the process of preaching without notes.While I wouldn't do it any other way, it does have its pitfalls.This past Sunday, for example, I knew that I was forgetting something late in the sermon. Because I remember things based on where they are...

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“I Can’t Believe I’m Gonna Say This!”

I like sermons in which I have some things I'm a little bit scared to say.And when I'm giving that sermon in which I have some things I'm a bit scared to say and I am approaching the time in the sermon when it's time to say them, inside I'm like "I can't believe I'm...

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Just Do It

It's more than a Nike slogan.It's what you should do when you know of someone going through grief or recovering from illness.In those situations we usually say, "Just let me know if I can do anything for you." Or we ask, "Is there anything I can do?"But people going...

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Credible Communication

Quick: which of these animals is more likely to kill you?A SHARK A DEERAnswer: The deer is more likely to kill you. Actually, it's 300 times more likely to kill you via a collision with your car than a shark is through, uh, consumption in the ocean.That's a true...

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Check This Out

We used this video to introduce Week One of Oddballs:It reinforced the words of Peter: "be holy in all you do" (I Peter 1:15). We normally think of holiness in terms of those things we avoid. That verse along with the video remind us that holiness is active, positive,...

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Sad Trip Thoughts

As I posted here, I had to travel to Austin, Texas last week to help with the memorial service for my 32 year old nephew, Christopher Davis, who died after being struck by a car while riding his bicycle. In the middle of a lot of sad, poignant moments, one stuck with...

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Oddball Week One

We gave out about 1000 of these Oddballs last Sunday.That's because Oddball is the name of our new series that starts this Sunday, October 5.It's all about I Peter, it's all about holiness, it's all about these odd red balls. How do all those things fit...

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Mission On Film

How much better is this than a group of people standing up and giving their "mission trip report"?Thanks to the heroes of Good Shepherd and to Joe Jackson for his video production.Enjoy this while I'm in Austin.

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Sad Trip

I am taking a sad trip this morning.I'm flying to Austin, Texas so that I can preside at the funeral of my nephew, Christopher Davis. Christopher was only 32 and was struck by a car while riding his bicycle early Sunday morning. He died on the way to the hospital. You...

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More Stickiness

Twice last week I posted on the influence of Chip and Dan Heath's Made To Stick on how we do ministry and communication at Good Shepherd. You can read about it here and here. Those posts talked about how effective communication is both simple and unexpected.And it is...

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