How A Preacher Spends A Sunday Off

Yesterday came at the tail end of a vacation week for me, and so offered the rarest of opportunities:  a Sunday morning in which I was both off work and in town.So how did I spend it?  I went to church.  Twice.  At two very different...

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Gospel Prayer

I'm so grateful for what has happened in prayer at Good Shepherd this year.We've opened a Prayer Room.We've had more opportunities for shared prayer on Sunday mornings.We've had more of you submit prayer requests on your Connection Cards.We're hearing more...

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Some Things I’ll Can’t Quite Figure Out

There are some realities of life in 2012 that no matter how hard I try, I just will never understand.Such as . . .Why pro wrestling has such enduring popularity.Why people of all ages wear ball caps sideways.Why people snow ski.  It's wet.  It's cold. ...

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After The Dust Settles

So it's over now.If your candidate won, does that mean your life will suddenly get better?If your candidate lost, does that mean your life will suddenly get worse?Is your contentment determined by forces beyond your control?Or does satisfaction and purpose have...

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How To Make 2,000 Shoe Boxes Disappear

1.  Decide on a ridiculous goal for a church -- 2,000 Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes to be prepared, filled, and sent around the world in cooperation with Samaritan's Purse.2.  On Saturday morning, have First Serve weekend teams assemble and...

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Gospel Share & A R.I.P.

It has been awhile since we last had a Radical Impact Project at Good Shepherd.You can read about our last two here and here.This Sunday during Gospel Share we will introduce our next one.The project itself is not so radical (wait until January for that one) but the...

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The Real Romans Road

Many of you are familiar with the Romans Road, a collection of verses from that signature New Testament book designed to lead people on the "road" to salvation.It starts out with our Problem from Romans 3:23:      For all have sinned and fall...

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Mr. Wesley, President Obama, & Governor Romney

While I'm a proud Methodist, it's not often that I quote John Wesley in this space.Yet a friend sent me these words from Wesley's journal during an election year:Thur. 6. - "I met those of our society who had votes in the ensuing election, and advised them, 1. To...

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Equal Opportunity Idolatry?

I'm interrupting my normal "Top Five Tuesday" routine -- and I love my routines -- because an article in Monday's Charlotte Observer revealed that this past Sunday (October 28) was one of the saddest days for the church in this area in a long, long time.I don't know...

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