Throwback Thursday (#tbt), Tennis Style

Thirty-five years ago this week -- June 16, 1979 -- I played the best tennis match of my life in winning the Texas State Championship for Boys' 18-and-under.I was 17 and was not favored to beat my 18-year-old opponent in the finals.  But it was one of those rare...

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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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