Wake Up Call, Week 5 — Sing Spiritually

In lieu of a Top Five Tuesday (or Sermon Rewind Monday), I give you Sunday's Sing Spiritually worship gathering from Good Shepherd. Sing Spiritually was the culmination of Wake Up Call and was noteworthy for a number of reasons: Instead of a sermon, we had a guided...

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Wake Up Call, Week 5 — Worship, Wesley, Wow

I love it when a series takes me by surprise. And Wake Up Call has done just that. People have resonated with the calls to ministry, the invitations to community, and the urging to awaken to the ongoing power and ministry of the Holy Spirit. And then it concludes...

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A Better Way Of Saying “Big Church” . . .

  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 preach!” and then wrote...

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Albert Outler Makes An Appearance In 2016

Reaching into my bookcase recently, I was startled to pull out these two gems that helped move me to United Methodist ministry.  I honestly thought I had loaned them out to someone who neglected to return them . . . but there they were, right where I had left them in...

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The “Causes And Their Effects” Sermon Rewind

I think I've been preparing this sermon for 26 years. Dealing with diversity, the church, the biblical text of Ephesians, and with a few shout outs to Methodism in between, here is Causes & Their Effects. It landed at this bottom line: When it comes to ethnicity...

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Wake Up Call, Week 4 — “Causes And Their Effects”

This Sunday's Wake Up Call sermon and service is vital for understanding not only the Holy Spirit but Good Shepherd Church itself. I have love thinking about and then preparing this message, and I am unusually excited to deliver it. And as if that wasn't enough, we've...

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Personal Ministry In A Digital Age

  Here’s one of the questions I recently asked each of our staff to consider:How can my schedule be as full of face-to-face interactions with people as it is full of nose-to-screen interactions with my computer? Answering that question well is one of the great...

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