Multiple Roles In A Single Day

As I think back on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 -- that is, yesterday -- I realize with no little gratitude all the different roles I played in one day as pastor of Good Shepherd.First, there was sermon internalizer.  Way before I left the house yesterday, I spent...

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And THAT’S Why We Do What We Do

Last week, I received an email from a friend at Good Shepherd.  My friend is in recovery from alcoholism, so that is a frequent subject of our conversations together, and he knows how much joy I get from his journey to sobriety.Here's part of his email:...

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Hidden Heroes, Week 2 — The AWOL Hero

Hidden Heroes is such a good series that it has not one but two sermon bumper videos!Here's the first, revealed last week.And here's the second, revealed right now.I wonder which one we will play on Sunday?The best way to find out?Sunday.8:30.  10. ...

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When NOT To Go Into Ministry

As I round the bend of life into my 50s, and as I see some of the highest of the high profile preachers step away from active ministry, I've been thinking:Why should an individual enter vocational ministry in the first place?In processing that question, I've come up...

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Now THAT Was A Fun Wedding

Here I am with newlyweds Hal Watson and Nancy Donosky Watson.They are from Dallas, TX and yet had a Charlotte, NC wedding.  On a Tuesday.  Huh?Here's the backstory.  Hal is the stepson of my oldest brother Harvey.  Thirty years ago, when Hal was...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Nostalgic Songs

There is something about music that connects you deeply with time and place, isn't there?You hear a certain song and IMMEDIATELY your mind takes you back to where you were and who you were with when you a) heard that song for the first time or b) heard it so often in...

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Sermon Recap: The “What Can Brown Do For You?” Hero

It's hard to preach poorly after the band does a cover of Paramore's acoustic cover of the Foo Fighter's "My Hero."Not that I didn't almost pull it off, mind you.  But the morning set up was such that I got the ball deep in enemy territory.And what followed was a...

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