The One Point Sermon

For years, I preached conventional three- or four- point sermons. Those of you from Good Shepherd remember me saying "you can put that in your outline" several times during a given message.Then about two years ago, thanks to Andy Stanley's book Communicating For A...

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The Important And The Urgent

One of my biggest struggles as a pastor is to distinguish between the important and the urgent. Things that are important have more of a long term value: strategic planning, creative brainstorming, sermon writing, staff development and mentoring. All those take time....

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First Impressions

I have a nasty habit.I make snap judgments on people based on first impressions. Especially if they are "long talkers."Anyway, as part of our Russia Mission Trip last month, I met some folks from other churches in other states who joined our team.And you guessed it:...

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Saddleback Pledge

Many of you who were at church on Sunday have asked for a copy of the pledge we used to close out the service.The pledge originally came from Saddleback Church in California; they used it as part of a worship service celebrating their 20th anniversary as a church....

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The Building That Didn’t Get Built

I think the best thing about our trip to Russia was seeing the building that didn't get built.Yeah, the building that didn't get built.On our last day there, my daughter Taylor and I saw the sights of Moscow. The most memorable was the Cathedral of Christ Our Savior,...

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Linkin Park & Why We Do What We Do

If you're from Good Shepherd, you would have been so proud of Chris Macedo for what he did in Russia.On the second night of the English Exchange camp, just after a "mock" wedding ceremony (no lie), Chris put on an MTV Unplugged-style concert for the 35 American...

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Back From The USSR (Part Two)

At church on Sunday, everyone asked me how the trip to Russia went. And the standard answer was: "Great."And I mean it.Eight of us from Good Shepherd travelled to Moscow on July 23. From Moscow, we then took a bus to a Soviet-era camp that is today used as a retreat...

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Back From The USSR (Part One)

Well, it's not the USSR anymore.It's just Russia.But I'm back. It was a mind-bending trip. I'll post about it in more detail next week. When I'm over jet lag.In the meantime, tomorrow's message continues Things Jesus Never Said: "I've Come To Bring Peace On Earth."...

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Preaching Without Notes

Still in Moscow. But posting from Charlotte a week earlier.I'll be returning on Friday, August 1. And I'll preach on Sunday the 3rd, continuing our series Things Jesus Never Said. Did you know that he never said, "I came to bring peace on earth"??? This Sunday you'll...

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Live (Sort Of) From Moscow

Because of the miracle of "post options" -- I wrote this on July 22 but it is published on the 28th -- I am in Moscow, Russia as you read this.Eight of us from Good Shepherd have joined with Jon and Sonnet Barr, longtime missionaries with United World Mission. You can...

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