Exegetical Joy: The “Daredevil” Sermon Rewind

As I thought about Sunday's message -- both before and after its delivery -- the phrase "exegetical joy" came to me. Huh? Exegesis is the art and science of drawing the meaning out of a biblical text (as opposed to eisegesis which is reading a (foreign) meaning into...

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Movementum Launch — “Daredevil”

This week starts a new series at Good Shepherd:  Movementum.   Drawing from both the life and the letters of Peter, we will see together how a living relationship with Jesus Christ builds on its own motion.  The Gospel writers in particular are simply brilliant...

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If These Walls Could Talk . . .

I continue to be amazed at the level at which people share with me in counseling. It is a high privilege that people trust me and the other pastors on our staff with so much. It is also a deep responsibility. What does that combination of high privilege and deep...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Concert Moments

I've been to reasonable number of concerts in my life. Since my very first -- when I was 15 a friend and I drove (well, he drove because he was 16) from Dallas to Fort Worth and saw the Eagles on their Hotel California tour -- I've seen one or two concerts a year....

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“Record Breakers” Sermon Rewind

We concluded the On The Up And Up series with an old-fashioned yet new-fangled invitation to faith. Psalm 130:3 asks plaintively: If you, Lord, kept a record of sins, who could stand? The answer to the question on the literal level is, of course, no one. And yet...

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“On The Up And Up,” Week 6 — Record Breakers

You know all those records that will never be broken, right? Joe DiMaggio hitting in 56 straight games; John Isner and Nicolas Mahut going to 70-68 in the fifth set; UCLA's seven straight NCAA basketball championships; Pete Maravich averaging 44 points per game in...

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Reflections On A Lunch With A Friend From Angola

On Wednesday, I had lunch with a new Good Shepherd friend who grew up in Angola. My friend connected with Good Shepherd about ten months ago and has been a faithful attender ever since.  His young adult daughters are some of the best volunteers we have in our K-Zone...

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Davises, 2015

    Here we are during a recent beach trip. From left: Riley, 22, assigned to serve with Campus Crusade for Christ at the University Of Tennessee beginning later this fall; Taylor, 25, working in corporate communications in Atlanta; Julie, a Senior Vice...

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