A Valedictory Speech From A Good Shepherd Student

Just this week, Good Shepherd's very own Amber Carter was named the Valedictorian of Renaissance School Of Olympic High.  Amber has literally grown up in our church, preached for me last November, and this week is serving as a leader in our Vacation Bible...

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Becoming More Wesleyan By Looking Less Methodist

Early Sunday morning, I tweeted out these words:Discovering that the less Methodist a #umc church looks, the more Wesleyan it becomes.A number of my friends in the Twitterverse asked me to "explain" or "unpack" or "elaborate" . . . none of which are you really able to...

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Head Scratchers, Week 2 — Hate Your Father & Mother

Oh, c'mon Jesus.  "Hate your father and mother"?!Why would you use such inflammatory language?And why would a church EVER choose to use such a reading as the basis of its message on Father's Day?And what in the world could any of this have to do with my living...

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Ministry Caricatures

You're all familiar with how political cartoonists create caricatures of our presidents.  Caricatures have a way of emphasizing the part and thereby obscuring the whole.For example, in the hands of political cartoonists, Richard Nixon became little more than a...

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Some Questions For Paul

A friend and I have been reading the book of Ephesians together.For over a year.We go down a lot of rabbit trails during our time together, but when we zero in on Ephesians, the rewards are rich indeed.Spending that much time on that short a book, however, also raises...

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Thirty Years Ago Today . . .

A couple of 22-year-old kids got married on a 100 degree day in a steaming gothic cathedral located in the center of a college campus in New Jersey.We didn't know anything about anything.Sometimes, we still don't.But every once in awhile, we do.  Maybe...

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Head Scratchers Launch — “The Violent Bear It Away”

Jesus said what?Well, he said all kinds of things.  Many of them comforting, like “my yoke is easy and my burden is light”  and “I have come that you might have life and have it more abundantly.”But other times, what Jesus said was . . . well . . ....

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My Red Dirt Road

Every time my wife travels to and works for a few days in Dallas, the city where I grew up, I think of this song by Brooks & Dunn:I didn't grow up on red dirt road.But I have enough memories and nostalgia to realize that it has life on both ends.

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