Bring The Shout Back

If you Google the words “Shouting Methodist,” you’ll discover that the phrase is not an oxymoron. Instead, you’ll read these words in the first article: One name commonly applied to early nineteenth century Methodists was “shouting Methodists” – a name Methodists were...

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Hey World: I’m Religious, NOT Spiritual

Few sayings strike more fear into or evoke more apologies out of 21st Century evangelicals than the ubiquitous: I'm spiritual, not religious. We hear it from skeptical family members, from tweed-jacketed professors, from latte-slurping millennials, and we fall all...

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One Sunday, TWO Bottom Lines

Yesterday at Good Shepherd featured TWO bottom lines. What?  Did I abandon my one point sermon bonafides? Nope.  I abandoned Charlotte, NC instead.  Julie and I spent the weekend in Austin, Texas, helping my sister celebrate her 75th birthday and my mother her 100...

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You Only Get Rid Of . . .

You only get rid of what you refuse to get used to. I can hardly tell you how much I believe this, or how vital I think it is in both individual and organizational lives. And I believe it so much because I’ve lived it. In 2010, we who made up the leadership of Good...

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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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