Lost And Found, Week 4 — Lost Trust

Ah, the dreaded Trust Fall.If you've ever been on any kind of youth retreat -- especially during the 80s and 90s -- you've probably taken part in one.Trust is difficult to earn yet easy to lose.  Hard to give and simple to take back.Yet when our lives are...

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Some Recent Odds, Ends, And Realizations

Here's a collection of some things I've seen, some other things I've learned, and some things that have simply happened in my life over the last couple of months.1.  I just started using the Calendar feature on Outlook.  That means that only in the summer of...

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Dictation & Inspiration In The Letters Of Paul

When we think of Paul authoring his New Testament epistles -- whether it's the theological tour de force of Romans or the personal plea of Philemon -- we typically envision him in this posture:Alone with his thoughts and his God, pen in hand, parchments on desk, and,...

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Lost And Found, Week 3 — Lost Hope

Back against the wall.Feel like giving up.No good options.Had enough.Whatever the cliche, you feel like the guy in the picture when you stop believing that tomorrow will be any better than today.It's where some of you are.It's also where Elijah found himself --...

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How The #UMC Is Like Donny & Marie Osmond

Wait. You're thinking that the Osmonds are Mormons for goodness sake, and no matter how much theological latitude we allow in the United Methodist Church, we're not that.Except that's not what the post is about.Instead, many local United Methodist congregations...

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A Family Snapshot

Here is our family in a snapshot taken on a recent beach vacation:There I am on the far left.To my left is our 24-year-old daughter Taylor who graduated from Vanderbilt in 2011 and now lives in Atlanta where she works as an Account Manager in a public relations...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five REM Songs

If you were at Good Shepherd this past Sunday, you know what we launched our worship gathering with a terrific rendition of REM's Losing My Religion.How else could we possibly begin a service with the overall title of "Lost Religion"?You can watch those opening...

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