Best Of 2013, Good Shepherd Style

On this next-to-last day of the year, it seems appropriate to take stock of some of the best happenings in and around Good Shepherd in 2013.Without further adieu, here's the Best Of 2013 with hyperlinks to the relevant blog posts:Best Moment:  Telling the church...

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Wildest Dreams, Week 5 — Dream On

Let's acknowledge something: it is impossible to grow up in the 1970s, have a sermon series with "Dreams" in the title, and not title one of the sermons Dream On.While Steven Tyler won't be making an appearance (though did you know Aerosmith guitarist Bradley Whitford...

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The Biblical Library & The Christmas Story

On most Sundays at Good Shepherd, we remind the people of the church that the bible is not a book; it's a library.  I often have people tell me of the jolt of insight they received upon hearing those words and that understanding for the first time. And the...

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Wildest Dreams Week 4 — Dream Come True

My adrenaline has been flowing all week long in anticipation of Dream Come True, the fourth message and worship service in the Wildest Dreams series.Why?Several reasons:1.  We will be led in worship by an 80 voice children's choir.  This is not a children's...

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Staff Christmas Field Trip 2013

Here's a photo of almost all of the GSUMC staff taken yesterday just before we departed for a Christmas Field Trip.What happens on a Christmas Field Trip for Good Shepherd staff?First, I thank God for the good work the staff has done this year and for the fact...

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How Did We Ever Get Here?

How did we ever get here?A United Methodist pastor in suburban Philadelphia receives a 30-day suspension for performing a same-gender wedding involving his son and now that the penalty has concluded is challenging the denomination to restore his credentials so he...

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Psalm 150 Revisited

Last night, my men's LifeGroup concluded its study on Invitation To The Psalms by looking at Psalm 150, the rousing hallelujah that brings the Psalter itself to a close.Here's the ancient text of Psalm 150:Praise the Lord.[a]Praise God in his...

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