Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Statement Songs

During the height of his Reformation battles, Martin Luther reportedly said, "Here I stand; I can do no other."  With slightly lower stakes and sometimes lesser motivations, popular musicians have turned their songs into the same kind of statements.  These songs...

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Movementum, Week 3 — The “Fail” Sermon Recap

Sunday's sermon brought out the English major in me. Huh? By that I mean it all hinged on John's use of language -- his wordplay, really -- in describing the circumstances around Peter's three-fold denial of Jesus.  At every turn in the story, Peter is either a...

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Movementum, Week 3 — “Fail”

What do Elton John . . . . . . the Gospel of John . . .     . . . and the Movementum series have to do with each other?   Quite a lot, as you'll see on Sunday. 8:30.  10.  11:30.

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Just An Appetizer . . . .

We're adding a parking lot. We're remodeling buildings. We're hiring staff. We're mobilizing volunteers. We're praying over the site. We're replicating what it means to invite all people into a living relationship with Jesus Christ. We're getting ready for Good...

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Competition, Comparison, Futility

From the ages of 8-18, I had one goal in life: to become the number one tennis player my age in the state of Texas. The good news is that it actually happened. After a string of second place finishes, I finally won it all when I was 17. I liked it well enough that I...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Biographies

Listen below are some biographies I have read and thoroughly enjoyed in recent years. I'm not including either autobiographies or memoirs in this list -- primarily because there are a lot more Tuesday ahead for which I must find top five something. So here we are with...

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“Entourage” Sermon Rewind

Entourage was one of those sermons that was all about who we are and where we are going as a church. My prayer is that its strategic place on the calendar, coupled with its logical next step of our LifeGroup Launch event, will lead to an increase in both our number of...

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Movementum, Week 2 — “Entourage”

So am I preaching about a TV show that became a movie? Well, not exactly.  Actually, not at all. I am giving a message that has everything to do with the heartbeat of Good Shepherd, a sermon that gets to the core of what it means to have a living relationship with...

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When Vocabularies Don’t Expand

Of all the statistics and anecdotes regarding the differences between those raised in chronic poverty and those raised in middle class comfort, this one has haunted me the most: Vocabulary of a three year old in a professional home: 1,116 words Vocabulary of an adult...

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What NOT To Say . . . And Then What To Say

In ministry -- whether as a member of the clergy or a member of a church -- what you DON'T say is almost as important as what you DO say. Sometimes even moreso. This is especially true in times of grief. What are some things you simply shouldn’t say to families or...

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