When The People In Next Step Know Better Than You Do

At Good Shepherd, we talk all the time about inviting all people into a living relationship with Jesus Christ. But what exactly is a living relationship with Jesus Christ?  What does it look like? Early on, we narrowed it down to seven "marks" or "measures."  Here's...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Stages Of Sermon Preparation

You've heard of the five stages of grief?  Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance? Or on a lighter note, the Five Love Languages?  Acts Of Service, Words Of Affirmation, Gifts, Quality Time, and physical touch? So those cinco-centric lists got me...

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Some Things You May Not Know …

An assortment of reflections, observations, confessions, and odds & ends ... I like every Imagine Dragons song I hear on the radio. The Resident has become must-see-TV for me and for Julie. I read Timothy Keller's Preaching:  Communicating Faith In An Age Of...

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What A CounselOR Taught Me About CounselING

A number of years ago, I spent a season working with a particular counselor trying to help figure out the conundrum that is me. (Yes, I've had several such seasons and a few counselors and I am much the healthier for it.)   Anyway, during one of our sessions, the...

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Easter 2018: The Days Ahead

Here's what we got: Today, Friday, March 30 -- Good Friday Good Friday Worship at 7 p.m. in the Moss Road Worship Center.  Full color worship with communion plus a reflection on the meaning of the cross and its "remembering." Saturday And Sunday, March 31 & April...

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Jonah And Theological Relativism

I read Jonah awhile back and noticed a verse tucked away in its opening scene that I had long overlooked. As the storm gathered strength against Jonah's flee-to-Tarshish cruise liner, All the sailors were afraid and each cried out to his own god (1:5). At first...

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Turning Defense Into Offense

One thing I have noticed in my frequent watching of the Tennis Channel is a new phrase in on-court commentary:  "He is a master at turning defense into offense." In other words, certain players through their combination of foot speed and racket skill can hit an...

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