Thrones, Week 3 — “The Embryo Throne”

This is not a political statement:   Instead, this is what Jesus looked like when his mother Mary and her cousin Elizabeth had a remarkable conversation we find in Luke 1:39-45. I can't wait to dig into that passage with you on Sunday.  We'll excavate and then...

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Where The Four Gospels Begin . . . And How They End

As we dive headlong into the Christmas season and its nativity stories, I have found myself in a couple of different settings explaining how each Gospel begins. Because I believe that how each begins also shapes how each one ends.  Let me show you what I mean. Matthew...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Most Mispronounced Words

I love hearing people talk. Especially when, with the best of intentions, they get important words just a little bit wrong. So here are five of my favorite most mispronounced words: 1.  It has to begin with a personal story.  When I was 17, I was captain of our high...

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Thrones, Week 3 — “The Joy Throne” Sermon Rewind

With the way my mind and my psyche work, I very rarely have last-minute inspirations. Yet yesterday, while eating breakfast at 5:45 in the morning, I had one.  I realized how we needed to bring the service to a close. Here's the bottom line of the message you'll read...

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Simplify The Message & Magnify The Impact

The last few years at Good Shepherd have been highlighted by a number of Sunday mornings in which we used the sermon time to give plain proclamation of what it means to be saved by grace and then used the response time to give a clear invitation for people to enter...

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How Page Layout Impacts Bible Reading

For years, my favorite bible to read had a page layout something like this: Note:  each verse stands out, separated from what came before it and what comes after it.  For years, I found such a layout to be both easy on my eyes and an aid to bible memory.  After all,...

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