Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Things You Need To Know About Greta Van Fleet

They’re evocative yet original.

They’re derivative yet authentic.

They’re reminiscent of yet different from.

They’re Greta Van Fleet, and they had me at hello.

A couple of weeks ago, I friend sent me a link to know about the Michigan-based band.  Within one listen, I realized they have the percussive power and sonic boom of the first four Led Zeppelin albums. read more

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#OneSixtySeven, Week 3 — The “We Are All Just Prisoners Here Of Our Own Device” Sermon Rewind

Yesterday’s sermon …

  • had a title I’m proud of:  We Are All Just Prisoners Here Of Our Own Device;
  • had a subject that needs addressing: our devices;
  • had a bottom line that was a major improvement over the original one written — why be captive of the urgent when you can be captured by the ultimate?;
  • caused me no little trouble throughout the day, as I forgot major portions at 8:30 and struggled to remember some good supporting lines at 10 and 11:30;
  • set the stage for next week’s One Sixty-Seven conclusion: You Give Love A Bad Name.

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This:  Medley of smartphone sounds … email, FB ping, FB DM sound, Twitter sound, snapchat, Instagram alert.

            And this:  AV of computer screen(s) LIT UP with FB, Twitter, Instagram, and snapchat notifications. read more

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Words Make Worlds

A high school senior from Good Shepherd shared her application essay to a national Christian college.  You’ll see how Good Shepherd language has deeply shaped her Christian identity:

My personal faith and beliefs will contribute to [the college’s] mission because of the foundation of the church I was raised in. For as long as I can remember, my church has had the mission statement of “inviting all people into a living relationship with Jesus Christ.” read more

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Leading When Leadership Isn’t Your Thing

I spent a good chunk of yesterday at Clemson University speaking with a group of students from the Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity.

The trip and the talk was the brainchild of Clemson student and DSP officer Cory Brooks whom I have known since he was four years old as both neighbor and member of the Good Shepherd family.  Here I am with Cory after the presentation, as he is holding a certain book I may have brought with me. read more

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Required Resources For “Simplify The Message & Multiply The Impact”

As a lot of you know, the Western North Carolina United Methodists invited me to lead a monthly preaching workshop (technically called a “cohort”) for sixteen emerging and established pastors in our area.

I am both excited about and energized by the assignment.  You can read more about it here. read more

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One Sixty-Seven, Week 2 — The “The Oldest Religion In The World” Sermon Rewind

For sometime now, I have been amazed/saddened/perplexed at all the ways people say to God (in so many words):  I know better.

So I put it into a sermon.  Labelling the serpent’s seed of doubt in the woman’s mind as the Oldest Religion In The World, I walk the people of the church through Genesis 3:1-7, piled on some Proverbs 1:7 and I Corinthians 3:20 and landed at this bottom line: read more

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One Sixty-Seven, Week 2 — “The Oldest Religion In The World”

Well, what is it?  What is the “oldest religion in the world”?

Is it Christianity?

No.  Older.

Judaism?

No. Older.

Hinduism?

No. It’s old, but there’s something older.

Idol worship?

No. That’s really old, but there’s something older.

To see what is the oldest religion in the world, it’s … read more

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#TBT — State Title, 1978 … Happy Story With A Sad Ending

Here is the Park Cities News from May 17, 1978:

The photo and the accompanying story came in the aftermath of a Texas high school doubles state championship that Chris Doane and I won on behalf of Highland Park High School in Dallas.

He was a senior, I was a sophomore, and during that spring season of  high school tennis, we both put aside our singles games to compete as a doubles team.  Our HP coach broached the idea with us, we both resisted, and then agreed with some reluctance. read more

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The WORST Question To Ask In A #BibleStudy

We write a lot of LifeGroup questions at Good Shepherd.  In fact, we have a For Further Conversation section in our Sunday morning worship bulletin virtually every week — and many of our LifeGroups use that material (and the sermon that prompted it) as their curricula.

And, happily, many of those questions have been included in and then expanded upon for use in these books published by Abingdon Press. read more

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Things I’ve Learned This Week

A week of random learning and unexpected realizations, summarized right here.

Here are the Top Five Things I’ve Learned JUST This Week:

  1. Good Shepherd sermons are now available as podcasts at the iTunes store.  Wha-what?!

2.Roger Federer will achieve the #1 ranking in the world if he makes the semi-finals of this week’s tournament in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.  At 36, he will be the oldest player ever to reach #1. If he loses before the semis, he’ll have to be content with being #1 all time. read more

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