Defining Moments Week Four — Divine Appointment

We've been playing this "sermon bumper" each week during the Defining Moments series:Well, as part of our Divine Appointment, you'll see more than the trailer.The short film is poignant, provocative, and compelling in its presentation of the life-altering power of the...

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Accurate Foresight Or Ignorant Pessimism?

I'm reading When Pride Still Mattered, David Maraniss' massive biography of Vince Lombardi.Early in Lombardi's coaching career (and therefore, early in the book!), he got a job at Cathedral High School, a small Catholic institution in northern New Jersey.The...

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The Sexual IS The Theological . . .

Not long ago, I was involved in cyber-communication with a new Methodist friend, and we were discussing the same-sex conundrum within the United Methodist Church.  My friend (who knows about this post, by the way) and I align on most  issues, but I...

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Claude Kayler, Good Shepherd Founding Pastor

We had a houseguest last night:  Claude Kayler, Good Shepherd's founding pastor.  He was in Charlotte on Sunday evening before catching a Monday flight to Israel.Claude gave birth to the church in 1991 and led it until 1999.  Today, he is the...

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Defining Moments, Week 3 — Freeze Frame

Third Sundays are almost always the best around here.Why?That's when the raucous Good Shepherd worship choir leads our singing.  I love their energy, their precision, even their black shirts and blue jeans.Here's what it looked like in September:...

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What I Learned From A Day Of Reading Resumes

I spent a couple of hours on Wednesday going through some resumes & cover letters we received after posting a notice online about a job opening at Good Shepherd.While I have gone through this process several times over the last 15 years, yesterday's experience was...

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Body Talk

A friend and I have been trying to read Paul's letter to the Colossians every morning for the last couple of weeks.  Since the New Testament epistles were designed to be heard/read/experienced in one sitting, we thought we'd give it try that way.It proves to be...

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