My Least Favorite Sign In The World …

… is this one:

If you ever see one like it at Good Shepherd, you’ll know we have ourselves a new pastor.  It’s why our staff has instructions to park at the remote end of the parking lot.

So, no signs like that will be up this Sunday as we move into Week 2 of Unhappy Campers, a messaged called “Into The Wild.” read more

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Grass Court Tennis & The What Ifs

So it’s Wimbledon this week. It’s hard to be at work when there’s grass court tennis going on.

Back in the day, grass courts suited my game better than any other surface. Grass courts tennis rewards hard serves and aggressive play, both of which were my strengths. Grass courts don’t favor people who can play consistently and run forever . . . but I never could do either of those anyway. read more

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The Nicest Thing My Mom Ever Said. So Far.

As many of you know,  I am the youngest of eight children. You may also know that I am 23 years younger than the oldest Davis and seven years younger than the #7 child. In other words, an only child with seven brothers and sisters.

Being that much younger than everyone else — and the fact that my mom was 46 and my dad was 50 when I was born — led me to assume that I was, um, accidental. read more

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“Unhappy Campers” Week 1 — The “Wild Blue Yonder” Sermon Rewind

Week 1 of Unhappy Campers was ALMOST a sermon with multiple points.  Wha-what?!

We took a leisurely tour through Exodus 15:24 – 16:36 and realized along the way that …

…when you forget God’s provision you invent his punishment;

…biblical trust is a lifestyle, not a reaction; read more

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Unhappy Campers Launch

Unhappy Campers

 

Many of us – maybe even most of us – have heard the story of the children of Israel passing through the waters of the Red Sea as if walking on dry land.

Moses – in our mind, played by Charlton Heston – stands boldly before the waters, they part miraculously, and the people march out of slavery in Egypt and towards the freedom of the Promised Land. read more

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What Do You Do With A Small Group/Life Group Oversharer?

Whether it’s a Sunday School Class, a Bible study, a Life Group/Small Group, or even a recovery meeting, one group member poses a unique set of obstacles:  The Oversharer.

You know who I’m talking about.  People who, with good intentions and a genuine heart, share too much information too soon in a group setting.  Within ten minutes of entering a group, they’ve told both their life story and current crises.  It makes for awkward dynamics in the room and a collective wondering among most:  “who will address this?” read more

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How An OLD Photo Draws Yet ANOTHER Connection Between Preaching & Tennis

This photo comes from the 1980 Texas Sectional Junior Championship (the This-One’s-For-All-The-Marbles state tournament) in San Antonio.

It’s hardly an action shot, is it?  Either my mom took it or the mother of a friend took it; either way, it shows my typical tennis pile as I waited for a match:  water jug, wrist bands, extra shirts, towel and THREE Wilson Jack Kramer Autograph rackets.   Why three rackets? read more

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five (Or More) Things You’ll NEVER Hear A #UMC Conservative Or A #UMC Traditionalist Say

So this post is pretty specific to my little world of the United Methodist Church (#UMC).

Because within that particular tribe, there are a couple (maybe more, according to this piece) of clearly defined camps:  Progressives and Traditionalists.  Liberals and Conservatives.  UMC blue and UMC red.  These distinctions are primarily in the realms of theology & Scripture, though they occasionally bleed over into politics as well. read more

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Chiseled, Week 4 — The “Waste Removal” Sermon Rewind

The concluding message for Chiseled could well have served as the series opener.

It was less about being chiseled for ministry and more about being chiseled for obedience.

And … it took a couple of detours involving violent video games, attachment to mobile devices, and . . . wait for it . . . the modern conversation around children & gender identity. read more

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#TBT — May 29, 1966 (Inspired by RIP, Adam West)

I was saddened to hear of the death of Adam West late last week at the age of 88.

In the mid sixties, West had the TV role of Batman in the ironic, campy version of that superhero’s story.

Which leads me to this picture:

I was so captivated by the TV Batman (and at five years old, was of course too young to understand either the irony or the camp) that I had my mom make me a Batman cape & mask, and then completed the ensemble with Batman T-shirt, ring, and shoes. read more

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