Conversion Or Childhood?

I've been wrestling with a vexing question recently:Which has a greater impact on a person's life as an adult: a dramatic spiritual conversion or the residual effect of their childhood?Here's what I mean.  In 2 Corinthians 5:17, Paul makes one of the most...

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The Power Of Showing Up

Here's the skill set I needed earlier this week for my most impactful ministry moments since Easter:   The ability to drive.   A sense of direction.  The patience to sit for an hour.I didn't have to go to seminary for any of those.  Not...

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Top Five Tuesday — My Top Five Motion Picture Comedies

In the churches of the Eastern -- Greek Orthodox, Russian Orthodox, and the like -- the day after Easter is historically a time to tell jokes.Why?  Because in the Resurrection, God has the last laugh on Satan.  You can read about the custom here.So that set...

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Easter Services

 As we prepare for this Holy Weekend, we want to give you another reminder of the Good Shepherd Schedule for the next several days: Good Friday Friday: 7:00 p.m. in the Worship Service with reflective music, visual imagery, holy communion, and a meditation by...

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Full Circle Food Story In The News

This story appeared in a recent edition of the Charlotte Observer.  You'll love how it demonstrates what it means to be a full color church engaging in Radical Impact Projects.Packaged meals come full circle for refugee in Charlotte   - COURTESY OF THE REV....

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Top Five Tuesday — To Five Easter Songs

Let's admit it: when it comes to sacred music, Easter doesn't really compare with Christmas.Maybe it's the lack of snow.  Maybe it's the absence of Burl Ives.  Maybe it's because it's easier to sing about something all of us have seen -- a tiny baby -- than...

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Food For Thought, Week 6 — Made Men

These guys at this meal . . . . . . were actually poster children for this sermon series that a church did one time:That's right:  the Twelve at the table with Jesus in Matthew 26 were made men.To see what that meant, to see what they did with it, to see how that...

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