#TBT — Summer, 1971, at 3605 Rosedale, Dallas Texas

Here I am at 10 years old -- on my way to my first state ranking ever, #5 in Texas for Boys' 10-and-under -- practicing my serve in the driveway of our home in Dallas.   I am serving towards our detached garage (I have noticed some subdivisions in Fort Mill, SC...

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A Good Night At Good Shepherd

Tuesday ended up being a good night for me at Good Shepherd. And there are two reasons for that assertion -- one planned and one spontaneous. First as I walked to my car, I saw three young men in the Good Shepherd parking lot.  As I drove near them, I noticed they...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Sermon Starters

We preachers spend a lot of time crafting the opening moments of our sermons. Or, if we don't, we should. Because it is in those moments that you either capture your listeners' attention or lose it.  In the opening you either establish common ground with the...

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The Perfect Gift

One of the guys in my LifeGroup brought me this gift earlier this week.   It's the perfect concept for a book and the perfect gift for this pastor.

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“There Had To Be Something That Never Came Into Being”

Whew. The opening page of John Piper's Seeing And Savoring Jesus Christ. Heavy, mind-boggling, soul-stretching stuff, and I for one am grateful to have the chance to read it. Now Dr. Piper doesn't just love Wesleyan-Arminians, but we have so much to learn from his...

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Love Handles Launch — “Explanations & Excuses”

Love Handles  Some of us have them. Some of us hold them. Some of us want to get rid of them. They’re love handles. But they’re actually more than a part of our mid-section. They’re the source of a question:  do you have a handle on love?  Romantic love?  Family...

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