Wouldn’t You Really Like To Know?

The authors of the bible use incredible restraint.In contrast to our modern culture's tendency towards too much information, the scriptural writers were masters of understatement.Perhaps that's because the process of writing was both expensive and painful in ancient...

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Presidential And Pastoral Dangers

As you can tell from looking at the "Books I Like" column to the right, I recently read Doris Kearns Goodwin's No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt & The Home Front In World War II.The book fascinates on many levels, but most especially in its...

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How Something I Never Thought Would Happen Happened

That's me, signing a contract with Abingdon Press to publish a book of mine to be called Head Scratchers.Huh?I'm sort of scratching my head at all this myself.Here's the backstory.  For a couple of years, I have had several people in my life telling me that some...

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Pros & Cons Of A Sunday Away

I was away from Charlotte from early Thursday morning until Sunday after church.Which meant, of course, a Sunday away from the people and the pulpit (except it's really a table, but table wouldn't alliterate with "people") of Good Shepherd.So here are some pros and...

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Hidden Heroes, Week 6 — The Hulk Hogan Hero

This Sunday at Good Shepherd . . .Celebration Choir leads us in worship;That same choir does a hero medley you have to see to believe;1980s pop culture references galore -- you might even see a moonwalk;Discovery of what it means to have someone in your corner and to...

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Hosting A Leading Edge Conference At Good Shepherd

For the next couple of days, Good Shepherd will be hosting the Leading Edge Children's Ministry Conference.What is the Leading Edge? It's the collection of the 100 largest United Methodist churches in the country in terms of worship attendance.  (I think Good...

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Miscarriage, Melancholy, And A Methodist Gem

Not too long ago, I received a message from my friend and colleague Dennis Sult that a couple in our church had suffered a miscarriage.The grief was multiplied by the fact that the loss of the baby occurred relatively late in the pregnancy.Mom and Dad asked if someone...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Cars Of My Life

I mentioned in Sunday's message that among those things about which I have no doubt said "I love that" is my car: a navy blue 2009 Nissan Maxima.I think it's good-looking, and I know it's roomy, reliable, and quick.  It's for sure the best car I've ever had.But...

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Hidden Heroes, Week 5 — The Anti-Hero Hero

The bible is full of Anti-Heroes:  Pharoah, Nebudchanezzar, Cyrus, Pilate and my favorite, Demas.First, there's the name.  Alter the pronunciation just a little and presto! you've got some profanity in church.  Especially in the plural.I promise to be...

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