The Convenience Conundrum

Since its inception in the early 1990s, Good Shepherd has sought to make church convenient for worshippers. It's why we have casual dress.  Why we have music that is radio-friendly.  Why we provide children's programming at all the hours we have worship services.  Why...

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A Lethal Confusion

Many churches make a critical mistake in ministry when they confuse activity for effectiveness. In this line of thinking, the busier a church is, the more it is doing for God. So the goal becomes to fill up the calendar and clutter up the bulletin with as many events,...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Cereals I Can’t Eat Anymore

I grew up eating cereal every day of my life.  You know the morning comfort -- easy prep, just you and your bowl, and then if no one is looking that secret delight of slurping the last bit of milk without the interference of the spoon. That was me. But no more. For...

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The “Wash. Rinse. Repeat.” Sermon Rewind

It was 1995 at Good Shepherd yesterday. As our Worship Center undergoes some technology upgrades in preparation for the Zoar launch, we had no technology. So we wheeled in an overhead projector, used transparencies, and sung the new/old "classics" like Lord I Lift...

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Some Lessons I’ve Learned

While these aren’t all the lessons I’ve learned in 25 years of full-time parish ministry, they are the ones freshest on my mind this week . . . People like it when you remember their names. The more digital our culture becomes, the more effective are hand-written...

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What Would It Look Like If I . . .

What would it look like if I woke up every day more concerned about proclaiming God's glory than expanding my own platform? I'd view other clergy as collaborators rather than competitors. I'd be less satisfied that people come to hear me preach and more motivated to...

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Mad People Disease, Week 3 — Detecting Deflection

Franco Harris' "Immaculate Reception" is one of the most famous plays in NFL history.  Here's the clip, complete with audio by the late Curt Gowdy, whose distinctive voice I still miss: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMuUBZ_DAeM   The pass was intended for...

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