Wake Up Call Launch — “De-Weirding”

One of Good Shepherd's core values is that we as a church are awake to the Holy Spirit. But are we? We sing songs about the Holy Spirit, we read Scriptures which reference him, and sometimes we even pray for his power. But are we really awake to the power of Jesus...

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When Grace Does More Than Save

I typically think of Grace (God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense) as that which saves us. We don’t deserve to spend eternity in heaven, but because of grace, God sees Jesus when he looks at us instead of seeing our sin, and welcomes us into his kingdom. So far, so good....

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Preacher On A Plane!

I never, never, NEVER tell "what-happened-to-the-preacher-on-the-plane" stories.    Just the fact that we're able to jet off to conferences & preaching engagements seems so . . . pretentious.  And some of my clergy brethren and sistren (what did you want,...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Southern Novels

Have you noticed it has been hot this summer in the Carolinas? This year's heat reminds me of my very first summer in Monroe, NC -- 1990, that was -- and of the times I'd look out my small office window and see red clay patches in the parsonage lawn. And when the heat...

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The Weekend Ahead . . .

Here's what's coming up over the next 72 hours:   Tonght:  5 p.m. Wedding Rehearsal 6 p.m. Rehearsal Dinner Hosting 9 p.m. Sibling Reunioning Tomorrow:  3:00  Wedding Photos 5:00 Wedding 6:30ish Reception Why so involved in a wedding? Because our son Riley...

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Full Color Futbol

Last night, at Good Shepherd's Annual Soccer Clinic at the Twin Lakes neighborhood . . . . . . I spoke to a member of the GSUMC family from Romania . . . . . . who joined a team of Anglos, African-Americans, and Latinos in delivering a futbol clinic . . . . . . to...

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The Relationship Between Provision And Obedience

While trying to help someone navigate some particularly difficult terrain in life this week, the following truth occurred to me: Provision follows obedience. The provision of God generally follows obedience to God. Usually, we want it to happen the other way around....

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My Sunday As A “Campus Pastor”

Yesterday Chris Thayer and I traded places. Meaning: he was the "live" preacher at 8:30, 10, and 11:30 on Moss Road while I was the "host" pastor at the Zoar Road Campus. It was a chance for me to meet a good number of people who had previously only known me in two...

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