“Telling About” Or “Giving An Experience Of”

In my early years of ministry I came across a preaching book by John Mason Stapleton called Preaching In Demonstration Of The Spirit And Power.  Not the catchiest title, but it does come straight from I Corinthians 2:4. Anyway, in that book, Stapleton goes to great...

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4U, Week 2 — Best. Offer. Ever.

What does it mean that St. Paul was Jewish? How does the fact the he had memorized large portions of what we call the Old Testament influence the way he writes major sections of the New? In particular, how does that impact the heights he ascends in Romans 8? And what...

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How To Remember A Sermon

Here's what a Good Shepherd friend put up in her office following Sunday's sermon. If God is for us who can be against us? Answer: No one.  No thing.  No how.

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What Happened In India

As a lot of you know, James-Michael Smith and I traveled to Odisha State, India from February 22 to March 5.   This is the fourth time Good Shepherd has ministered in this area, and each time our emphasis is on training and encouraging local pastors to do the...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Album Closers

Remember albums? Remember when song choice and song order mattered? Remember when artists wanted to tell a story with how they arranged their music and so a record's  closing song carried special significance? I do. So here they are: my Top Five Album Closers of them...

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Best. Question. Ever. — The Sermon That Launched 4U

Most people who give the subject any thought (and that's not "most people" to begin with) assume that St. Paul wrote his New Testament letters by sitting down and composing them on pen and parchment. But that's not what happened.  Instead, we know from the closing...

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How The Bible Got Written

To start 4U, a series drawn entirely from Romans 8:31-39, we imagined what it was like for Paul to DICTATE his letter to Tertius, his scribe (see Romans 16:22 for that). This is actually how most of the letters in the New Testament got written . . . I mean, spoken....

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4U Launches — “Best. Question. Ever.”

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1PDA68tg5M   Sometimes it's easy to feel as if the whole world is against you. When you have a run of difficulty in life, it's tempting to believe that forces beyond your control have lined up to rob you of meaning,...

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