People & Change

Pastoral leaders are supposed to help people navigate change. It’s part of the territory. Sometimes I do it well. Other times I don’t. But someone said something a awhile back that has stuck with me: People don’t fear change. They fear what they’ll lose in change. How...

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The “Appearances Can Be Deceiving” Sermon Rewind

As with most preachers, I had a dilemma on Sunday: preach the planned sermon or, in light of Baton Rouge, St. Paul, and Dallas, do something much different and focus on this national moment. I ended up doing some of both.  After our Crash Test Dummies bumper played, I...

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How You Know Good Shepherd Is A Full Color Church

I received this email on Friday morning, July 8 and considered sharing it with the congregation yesterday. Ultimately, I opted not to. Perhaps the written form is better.   (My regular sermon rewind post will appear on Tuesday.)   On this day when my heart...

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I Get No Respect At Good Shepherd . . .

Here was the GS Feed from this past Sunday . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ha1sE_kxCLY&feature=youtu.be   So, am I funding my own insurrection? Or is something more beautifully benign at work? I report, you decide.

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You Only Get Rid Of . . .

I bet this happens in your life because I know it happens in mine. Somewhere in your house—or your workplace, or your car—stuff collects. For me, it’s the garage. Things just seem to collect in my garage. And in my case the “stuff” is usually little slips of paper:...

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The “Gideon Is More Than A Hotel Bible” Sermon Rewind

I felt so good about Sunday's sermon that I considered giving it on a Sunday other than the 4th of July weekend. But then I realized that God knows what he is doing, and that he would ensure those who needed the message the most would experience with clarity. So I...

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To Illustrate? Or Animate?

We preachers spend a lot of time and energy trying to bring life to our sermons through what have historically been called illustrations. Donald Grey Barnhouse, longtime pastor of Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, compiled the most famous collection of such...

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Podcasting With Seedbed On Building Good Sermon Series

At the 2015 New Room Conference, hosted by Seedbed Ministries, I led a seminar called Series That Pop And Sermons That Stick. So the Seedbed folks recently asked me if I'd do a podcast on the same topic. The result is below, with my friend and Methodist pastor...

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