Why Church Is More Funeral Home Than Chiropractic Office

Most of us view church as analogous to a weekly trip to the chiropractor.What happens in a chiropractor's office?The patient assumes the ready position, the doctor places his or her hands in just the right place, and WHOOSH!  A quick movement, a sharp sensation,...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Game Shows

Did you know there is now a Game Show Network?  All game shows, all the time.Which, of course, gets me thinking:  what are my top five favorite game shows of all time?Here they are: a tribute to that uniquely American contribution to the human condition, the...

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Wash Me! Week Four — The Shame Wash

We've all felt this way.Alone, isolated, and ashamed.Occasionally, shame is what we volunteer for.More often, it's what we are victims.However you get there, it's not designed to be a long stay.I believe that as we continue the Wash Me! series, God will do some...

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My Brother The Mayor

A few weeks ago, I mentioned on Facebook how my brother Harvey was running for Mayor of Hays, Texas.Well, the election was last Saturday, May 10 AND HE WON.36-24.A win is a win.  Out of my mother's four sons, one is an elected judge in Louisiana and the other is...

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You Had Me At Hello & The UMC

One of the best movie lines in the history of forever is this one from Jerry Maguire:"Shut up.  Just shut up.  You had me at hello."  In other words, Tom Cruise, you can stop talking now because I already agree with what you haven't yet said.And...

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Something Different With The Raising Of Hands

One of the things that first strikes newcomers to Good Shepherd  is the amount of hand raising that happens during praise and worship.  Occasionally people even tell us how, um, un-Methodist it seems.Not everybody and not all the time, mind you, but certain...

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Wash Me! Week Three — The Selfie Wash

Suddenly, they're everywhere.President Obama.  Ellen DeGeneres.  Kim Kardashian.  Anyone who has ever had anything to do with the Kardashians.I'm talking about selfies.As it turns out, we really are our own favorite subject.This Sunday, we'll dig...

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Blinded Me With Science. And The Bible.

Last night we had over 100 people show up for James-Michael Smith's class The Bible & Science: Friends Or Foes?Here's what it looked like:One of our core values as we invite all people into a living relationship with Jesus Christ is to engage the mind and the...

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