Dawes And The Power Of Analogy

Dawes And The Power Of Analogy

My music tastes run decidedly to Classic Rock. The soundtrack of my youth has become the background of my, um, not youth, and I’m always good to listen to Led Zeppelin, the Eagles, the Rolling Stones, or Tom Petty. All classic, all the time. Until Dawes, that is. Who?...

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What A Presidential Biography Taught Me About Preaching

What A Presidential Biography Taught Me About Preaching

I’ll admit it: I’m somewhat obsessed with reading biographies of some of our best-known Presidents. In fact, I have labeled one of our bookcases my very own “Presidential Library” as it’s full of tomes on Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, FDR, Harry Truman, Richard...

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When One Word Makes All The Difference

When One Word Makes All The Difference

Something happened recently in the preparation, preaching, and aftermath of a sermon that I just have to tell you about. During a series on the intersection of relationships, faith, and politics, I delivered a message with this as the pointed point: Don’t burn a...

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Ending When You’ve Finished

Ending When You’ve Finished

Some of you may have seen or at least heard of Sophie’s Choice, the 1982 film for which Meryl Streep won an Academy Award for Best Actress as she played the title character. I am old enough to have seen the movie, in person, in a theater, over a Christmas break while...

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Files. Files. Files.

Files. Files. Files.

I have an entire file drawer dedicated to sermon illustrations. Beginning with one for “Abortion” followed by one for “Addictions” and then continuing on to places like “Grief,” “Healing,” “Methodism” (over which I have some grief and is in need of healing!), then...

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The Three Don’ts Of Election 2020 Starts – The “Don’t Confuse” Sermon Rewind

The Three DON’Ts Of Election 2020

Unprecedented. Historic. High stakes. Contentious. All those and more describe this season we’re in. Pandemic + Conflict + Election = Chaos. What in the world is a church to do in the middle of a land living through such division? How in the world can individuals who...

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The REAL Romans Road

The REAL Romans Road

Many of you are familiar with the Romans Road, a collection of verses from that signature New Testament book designed to lead people on the "road" to salvation. It starts out with our Problem from Romans 3:23:       For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of...

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A Big Church … Or Something Else?

A Big Church … Or Something Else?

Several years ago during a  Next Step group, a woman made the most interesting observation about Good Shepherd: This is not a big church.  It's a church where a lot of people belong. And I did what I always do in a situation like that:  exclaimed "that will...

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