Not A Fan, Week 6 — Worry Warts

You too?The natural tendency to worry makes Jesus' command "Do not worry" all that much more infuriating.  How dare he forbid us from doing this thing at which most of us excel?Dealing with that dilemma is why I'm looking forward to this Sunday so much.We'll have...

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At The Intersection Of Bitter And Sweet

We sent this notice to the people of Good Shepherd yesterday:Dear Good Shepherd Family,I have a staff announcement for you today that defines the very term "bittersweet." After more than eight years on our team, John Pavlovitz has accepted a position on the...

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A New Way Of Praying “In Jesus’ Name”

If you've spent any time at all in church, you know we usually conclude our prayers with:InJesusNameAmenAs if it is really just all one . . . long . . . word.But what does it actually mean to pray "in Jesus' name"?Is it merely a formula to distinguish Christian...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Rush Songs

At church this past Sunday, I saw a high school senior in our congregation who had a Rush book bag.  I thought maybe it was a different "Rush" (Limbaugh, maybe?) or that it was a joke.So I asked her about it.  Sure enough, she's a fan.  Someone born in...

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Not A Fan, Week 5 — Mission Drift

Throughout the Not A Fan series, we've tried to give the people of the church some concrete, tangible ways to follow up on the Sunday morning conversations.That's why we offered the Reveal class.  People are now pursuing Jesus by digging into his Word.It's why we...

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It’s Bob Dylan, Not Nostradamus

Many of you are familiar with the books of the bible known as the prophets.Located in the Old Testament, these texts are a mix of what we call the major prophets --  Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel -- and the minor prophets -- Amos, Micah, Joel, Habbakkuk...

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K Club Update

A few weeks ago, I posted on the launch of our K-Club Pilot Project -- a way of moving Children's Ministry out of the church building and into the neighborhood.  You can read that report here.Anyway, at last week's K-Club, children were asked to name one thing...

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What “One With Them” Was All About . . .

I am so glad we did what we did yesterday.Instead of a more typical "music-video-solo-sermon" format to reinforce the Not A Fan series, we turned everything upside down on behalf of the persecuted church.We had a multi-movement, multi-sensory, and multi-cultural...

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