The “Defining Prayer” Sermon Rewind

Yesterday's message at Good Shepherd . . . started with a brief version of the oldie-but-good "I Will Enter His Gates"; gave the bottom line away VERY EARLY; included a mid-sermon open mike time; concluded with a video testimony; led to an invitation for the...

read more

PrayFast, Week 2 — “Defining Prayer”

Would you like to know the best thing about this past week in my life as a pastor? How many of the people of Good Shepherd told me they were using the PrayFast Prayer Guide.  That list includes . . . A mom and her 19 year old daughter who used the guide, together, at...

read more

Night Of Worship — Friday, January 29

If you're going to do a series unlike any other, why not include a night unlike any other?   That's right.  Our first ever Night Of Worship at Good Shepherd. As a culmination of PrayFast, the Worship Arts team will be hosting a Night of Worship on January 29th....

read more

A Not Responsive Reading

In many of the more liturgical churches, responsive readings are a key element in the Sunday worship flow. Often found in the back of the hymnal book, responsive readings typically take sections of Scripture, divide them into parts for the “Leader” to read followed by...

read more

PrayFast, Week 1 — The “Living Prayer” Sermon Rewind

Yesterday's opening sermon in the PrayFast was quite a departure from the norm . . . but that's going to be the case for each message in the series. Here's some of what was different: We concluded the sermon by doing -- together! -- a "dress rehearsal" for a daily...

read more

What I’d Like To See In 2016

On this final day of 2015, here's some of what I'd like to see in 2016:   Don Henley to bring a tour of solo material to the Charlotte area. Ann Patchett to release a new novel. Roger Federer to win one more Grand Slam tournament. The Golden State Warriors to...

read more

What Difference Did The “Pause Pledge” Make?

On the last Sunday of November, 2015, we asked the people of the church to make this pledge:   So here are my questions as the month of December winds down: 1.  Did you make a "Pause Pledge"? 2.  To what extent did you keep your "Pause Pledge"? 3.  What...

read more

Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Books I Read In 2015

So I like to read a lot. I read to fall asleep.  I read on days off. I read out in the sun.  I read on vacation. I read while traveling.  I read while I'm driving. OK, that last one was a lie.  Except for text messages. Anyway, as 2015 winds down, here are the books...

read more

A Christmas Eve Sermon — “The Manger Throne”

Christmas Eve sermons are a challenge. For one . . . what can you say that people haven't heard before? For two . . . should you even say anything that people haven't heard before? For three . . . how best approach the evening?  Gently? Boldly? Evangelistically? ...

read more