In Case You Hadn’t Noticed . . .

. . . South Korea just elected its first female president.. . . the NHL has yet to drop its first puck.. . . the all-electric Chevy Volt has set the worst kind of sales records.. . . despite reports to the contrary, Cam Newton is really good.. . . so is Russell...

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Preaching For The Applause

While most Methodist churches refrain from all kinds of clapping -- either the rhythmic kind during a praise song or the appreciative kind during a sermon -- Good Shepherd has always been one of the exceptions. We clap during most songs on most Sundays.  We...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Christmas Hymns

Well, it is just around the corner, you know.So here are my five favorite Christmas songs from the sacred genre.  Which cuts out offerings by Burl Ives, Bruce Springsteen, and John Lennon.5.  God Rest You Merry Gentlemen.  I don't really like this one...

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Preaching In Tongues

Yesterday our student ministries pastor, John Pavlovitz, delivered the sermon at the 8:30, 10, and 11:30 services.Why?  Well, he's a really good preacher.But there was another reason:  because I spent the 11:30 hour in our Corner Campus preaching a sermon to...

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Good Shepherd In The News

This week's Lake Wylie Pilot ran a nice feature on Good Shepherd.  You can read it here and find out what happened, what's happening, and what's fixin' to happen.

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What Happened Between Romans 11 And Romans 12?

Yesterday I posted on a new understanding I've gained on Paul's much debated conclusion in Romans 11:26 that "all Israel will be saved."  And those words are really but a prelude to the doxology of Romans 11:33-36:33 Oh, the depth of the riches of...

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“And So All Israel Will Be Saved . . . “

Nearing the conclusion of his personal wrestling with the relationship between Jews and the church, Paul makes this enigmatic claim:And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written . . . (11:26)That verse and its wording have been the source of no little...

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When It’s OK To Say ‘Dog Pile’ In A Sermon . . .

. . . when it's in the bible.Philipians 3:8, as a matter of fact, which in most translations uses the much gentler word "rubbish" to translate what Paul literally meant as "excrement."  He was using vivid imagery to make a salient point:  all his...

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Christmas On Memory Lane, Week 2 — Repaving Memory Lane

The road gets bumpy, filled with cracks, almost impassible for cars, and what must be done?Repaving.It's true of my street and your street.And it's also true of Memory Lane.  Just when we get tempted to live there -- whether the memories be good or bad -- then...

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