Driver’s License Day

Today my 16 year old son Riley goes for his Driver's Test. If he passes, he'll be driving our 2000 Toyota Camry with something over 100,000 miles on it.But Riley's rite of passage got me thinking about some of the cars I've driven through the years.When I got my...

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Hold On Loosely

I heard someone teach not too ago that "Leadership is stewardship -- it's temporary and you are accountable." There's a lot in that one sentence. But the word that draws me in is "temporary." I believe that leadership is at God's discretion, not ours. I serve at Good...

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Seminary At Church

I loved my time at Asbury Seminary. I loved the classes, the teachers, the friends, and everything that school stood for and stands for.That's why it's so cool that we have a mini-seminary at our church. We call it Passage (part of Walking Together, with the double...

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Heroes Takes Flight

Yesterday was one of those days that makes me love being a pastor. The look and feel of the service was just right. The music was strong. The visuals made it so you didn't just "hear" the message; you "saw" it as well. But most importantly, many, many people responded...

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The Hero Within

I know I always get excited about new series around here.And Heroes is no exception. In fact, I think it might be the best one yet.You'll love the videos, the banners, the T-shirts, the music.And oh yeah. You'll love the truth.The source of this week's truth is John...

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Pathfinder Launch

The Pathfinder launch was terrific last night. I had given a description of it and prediction for it here.It showed the power of simplicity: we promoted this one thing and promoted it heavily, it is now our one way of starting new small groups, and it has easy...

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Inspiring Confidence

Not long ago, I ran across a two part quote that I'll actually touch on this Sunday:Good leaders inspire people to have confidence in them (the leader).Great leaders inspire people to have confidence in themselves.Whoa. In my dealings with the other staff here at Good...

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An Inconvenient Truth

Job puts it this way:[God] wraps up the waters in his clouds; yet the clouds do not burst under their weight.By his power he churned up the sea; by his wisdom he cut Rahab to pieces.Byhis breath the skies became fair;his hand pierced the gliding serpent.And these are...

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What If

What if I lose my job?What if she's pregnant?What if he doesn't come home tonight?What if she gets in a wreck?What if he doesn't get into college?What if I get caught?What if, what if, what if.Living in the "what ifs" leads to a life of anxiety and stress.Come out...

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Reflections On The Top 100 Meeting

I got back Wednesday night from the meeting of the pastors of the 100 largest United Methodist Churches in the country. Monday's post described the meeting and its leadership.Some highlights:The leadership team gave a call to large church pastors to take the lead in...

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