Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Random Confessions

Normally when a pastor says that he has something to confess, the people of the church think, "who's involved and how long has it been going on?" Well, thankfully, this is nothing like that. However, for this Tuesday's Top Five, I want to lean toward the transparent...

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The “After The Ball Drops” Sermon Rewind

The calendar threw a curveball at pastors this year by making both Christmas and New Year's fall on a Sunday. So we obviously could not use the first Sunday of 2017 to start a new series, as you want to do that on a high attendance Sunday. Instead, I decided to...

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What’s Ahead

Three things coming up for the people of Good Shepherd:   1. This Sunday (1.1.17) we will worship at 10 a.m. at both Moss Road and Zoar Road locations.  1.  "Live" sermons at each called "After The Ball Drops."  Our Latino community will worship at 11:30 at the...

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Pastoral Calls & Inner Conflict

On occasion, I give phone calls to people I haven’t seen around church in awhile. My responses to their responses have me a bit conflicted. If they respond to my “hey, I’ve missed seeing you and want to make sure everything is OK” with “oh, sorry, I’ve just gotten out...

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Preaching For Applause?

While most Methodist churches refrain from all kinds of clapping — either the rhythmic kind during a praise song or the appreciative kind during a sermon — Good Shepherd has always been one of the exceptions. We clap during most songs on most Sundays.  We even clapped...

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What’s Ahead

  Here is a snapshot of where we are headed this weekend: Christmas Eve -- Saturday, December 24 Moss Road Campus Worship Gatherings 5:00 pm 6:30 pm 8:00 pm Note:  for the first time, we have Nursery Ministry at both 5:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Our 5:00 p.m. is the...

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Nehemiah, Sanballat, Opposition, And Christmas

In the Old Testament book of Nehemiah, the title character has a dreaded and persistent opponent named Sanballat. And . . . we all have Sanballats in our lives.  Athletically, professionally, spiritually, and personally.  So how to deal with them?  Here are some...

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The Mic Drop Sermon Rewind

I looked forward to the message all week. Now that's true most weeks, of course, but especially so for this past week.  Several staffers who had seen the message in advance told me they liked it, and, buoyed up as I am by words of affirmation, by Sunday I was ready to...

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