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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Who Is The Guy With The John Wesley Bobblehead?

This rather improbable picture was taken at the United Methodist Publishing House in Nashville.     As I mentioned in Tuesday's post, I spent several days last week in Middle Tennessee at the New Room Conference.  While there, I wanted to visit with the...

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Pre-Emptive Confession

Have you noticed how everyone is sorry for their sin . . . after they get caught? The repentance gear seems to kick in once the light exposes the dark places of people’s lives. Jimmy Swaggart’s tears, Mark Sanford’s press conference, and Ted Haggard’s apology all come...

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