The Improbable Origin Of “Solve”

I remember exactly where I was when I first had the idea for the sermon series that formed the basis for the book Solve. At Good Shepherd Church we support a lot of recovery programs, which hold their meetings at our Zoar Road campus. Many of these meetings are open...

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The Captain Obvious Of Preaching

Maybe you've seen the recent spate of commercials for Hotels.com featuring Captain Obvious.  Here's one of the best: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DHd4ui_ZWc   I have noticed in the communication field that it is all too easy to succumb to the "Captain Obvious...

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Top Five (Christian) Books For Summer Reading

If you are at all like me, you do more reading during the summer than any other time of the year. The sun on your face, the sand between your toes, the clock permanently set at 5 o'clock somewhere and voila! you get to gorge on some reading. And most of the time, for...

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Preventology Launch — “The Road Best Taken”

A lot of us spend a lot of our time managing our crises.   We careen from one emergency to another, constantly caught up in relational turmoil, financial hardship, and even spiritual despair.   But what if there was another way?   What if a living...

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#TBT — Mt. Carmel UMC, 1992

Here's our little family when our children were little people -- in the year of our Lord 1992.     The scene is Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church in Monroe, NC. Note the pulpit, the banner, and the ever-present "scoreboard" -- the display board listing the...

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Not MY Book. OUR Book.

Not MY Book. This is OUR Book. This is me (obviously) holding our church's booklet, "Preventology: A 31 Guide To Crisis Prevention."   The people of the church wrote it in support of the new series that launches this coming Sunday, "Preventology." Thirty-one...

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Addiction Reflection

I am blessed. That might be an odd first sentence for a post with the title “Addiction Reflection” but it’s true. It’s true because people trust me with some of the most serious areas of their lives. That’s quite an honor. And the thing that keeps coming into my...

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