Only Human, Week 3 — The “Human Nature” Sermon Rewind

As a lot of you know, I write these sermons eight weeks out. When I finish writing one, I put it in my "Sermons In Progress" file and then essentially don't look at it again until the Monday before I am to preach it the following Sunday. So for "Human Nature," I wrote...

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The Church IS A Body And The Church IN One Body

During a hospital visit some time ago, a young woman said quietly to me, “I like the church because there are all different races there. I wouldn’t want to go to a church that was just all white or all black.” Music to my ears, of course. And then she said something...

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The Songiest Song . . . Courtesy of James-Michael Smith

As I posted last week, my friend and colleague James-Michael Smith is leading "Let's Talk About Sex," a four week class on developing a mature, biblical sexual ethic. Last night's session focused on The Song Of Songs and was titled, appropriately enough, Hot Bible...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Reasons I Love Mike Campbell

Many if not most of you have never heard of Mike Campbell, who is the lead guitarist of Tom Petty's Heartbreakers. He didn't play The Star Spangled Banner at Woodstock like Jimi Hendrix. He didn't play the mind-bending solo on Heartbreaker like Jimmy Page. No one ever...

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“Only Human,” Week 2 — “Human Touch”

How to motivate a church to be radically generous? How to inspire people to pick up and then fill up thousands of shoe boxes with Operation Christmas Child? How to put in "only human" language the idea of "to whom much is given, much is required"? Those question were...

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“Only Human,” Week 2 — “Human Touch”

In 1992, Bruce Springsteen released an album nobody bought. Its name?  Human Touch.  Here's the title song. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85cNRQo1m3A That has nothing to do with this Sunday, other than sharing a name in common. We're moving ahead in Only Human,...

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Hot Bible Sex . . . As Taught By James-Michael Smith

This past Tuesday night, our very own James-Michael Smith held the opening session of our Fall Bible Class, Let's Talk About Sex. Many of you know that I believe JM is one of the finest bible teachers around, and that in fact his own scholarship has greatly influenced...

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Methodist Enough?

Not long ago, I had a conversation with a fellow United Methodist pastor who reminded me that she had been on the denominational building committee which approved the final drawings for Good Shepherd’s current Worship Center. (That’s denominational policy, by the way...

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