The Storm Before The Calm Week 1 — The Eye Of The Storm

A few weeks ago, during a post on the different roles that are embedded in the one task of "preacher," I mentioned how although I was at that time preaching a series called Old School, I was nevertheless preparing a new series called The Storm Before The Calm. ...

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Multi-Site, Good Shepherd Style

As we announced during a recent worship gathering, Good Shepherd has added a new campus effective July 1, 2013.The former Zoar United Methodist Church is now the Zoar Road Campus of Good Shepherd Church.How did this happen and what does it mean for our...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Songs About America

It's Fourth of July week, which can only mean one thing: flags are everywhere.Which of course brings up another vital issue for Top Five Tuesday: what are the five best songs of the rock era that either deal with America or have American in the name?Great question!So...

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Singing On A Sunday

On most Sunday mornings, I don't sing.Not because I'm a jerk or a skeptic or even tone deaf.But because I want to protect my voice.If I'm going to preach three times on a Sunday and then usually do some teaching on Sunday night,  it's going to take a lot of...

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Methodists, Light Bulbs, Directed Giving & Naming Rights

There is an old joke in Methodist circles that goes like this:Question: How many Methodists does it take to change a light bulb?Answer:  You can't change that light bulb!  My daddy gave it to the church!And that is why, following the lead of some churches we...

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Help Me Understand . . .

For some time, I have had a question for those of you who stand to my theological left when it comes to the issue of homosexual intimacy and same-sex marriage within the United Methodist Church.I don't ask it to be flip or sarcastic but out of a genuine desire to see...

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De-Weirding The Holy Spirit

When it comes to the Christian doctrine of the Trinity, the Apostle's Creed spends a lot of time talking about the Father and the Son and relatively little in speaking about the Holy Spirit.In fact, it's:  I believe in the Holy Spirit.  And that's it.Which...

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