Love Song, Week 2 — “Still The One”

Here's the big question about this Sunday's second episode of Love Song, a worship gathering we are calling "Still The One":Are we talking about the Orleans version from the 70s? Or the more recent vintage by Shania Twain?There's only one way to find...

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A Different Sort Of Multi-Site

Without much fanfare, Good Shepherd opened a new campus this week.Only it's not at all what you think, all you multi-site church aficianados.It's a campus lodged in the middle of a mobile home community.See, we've wanted to take seriously our mandate to invite all...

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How Purpose Shapes Form In The Gospels

The Gospels of Luke and John are both clear in declaring their purpose.Luke thesis statement comes at the very beginning:Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled[a] among us, 2 just as they were handed down to us by those...

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How Song Of Songs Got Its Library Card — Sermon Recap

The Song Of Song is scandalous.Misunderstood.Avoided.Operatic.Shockingly egalitarian.All of that and more.  And the book's own history of inclusion and interpretation is one of the interesting of all Scriptural texts.  That's why the introductory sermon in...

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Love Song Launch — “How Sweet It Is”

Here goes.For the first time in 25 years of ministry, I'm trying this:Here's where the series is headed:September 7       "How Sweet It Is"September 14     "Still The One"September 21     "Higher...

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An Anthemic Choir . . . But No Anthems

September means that Good Shepherd's high-octane worship choir is back.Here's what they look like:For those of you who have been around awhile, you know that the third Sunday of every month is the most fun of them all.  Why?That choir's leadership.It's rare that...

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Connected By Confession

Last night, I attended the fall launch of CharlotteONE, a city-wide gathering of 20s and 30s who meet in historic First United Methodist Church.  I serve on the Board of CharlotteONE, and so was eager to see how the 2014-15 year kicked off.On several occasions,...

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#Trending, Week 4 — #Declaration

Pilate asks Jesus, "what is truth?"But I ask another question today:  "How do we internalize truth?"  How do we digest it?  How does truth move from something we hear to something we believe and then to something that defines us?Those are some of the...

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