When Church Enables

I've had a gnawing sense recently that churches in general and this church in particular need to take more care to avoid enabling unhealthy behaviors.With the best of intentions, we can reinforce behaviors and patterns in people that do much more harm than good.For...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Piano Songs In Rock

Rock & roll and the piano have long had an uneasy relationship. With apologies to Jerry Lee Lewis, the genre has from its beginnings been driven almost exclusively by the combination of guitar and drums. If the piano or keyboard play any role in most rock songs,...

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Anatomy Of A Radical Impact Project

At Good Shepherd, we have a how that goes along with our what.The big what around here is our mission:  Inviting All People Into A Living Relationship With Jesus Christ.   We love those words and that focus.But in developing that mission, we also took...

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The Church Is Going Home

For the first time ever, the blog is telling you not to come to church Sunday morning. Here's what's going on instead: To download the home worship resources, go to www.gsumc.org.

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When I’m Glad To Be Methodist

In the middle of a General Conference week, with all the built-in rancor of that event accelerated by social media commentary, it's easy to be critical of the Methodist family.My previous two posts have even been mild examples of such negativity.Yet something happened...

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Theologcial Life Support

During our recent trip to India, an eager young theologian handed me a brochure describing his theological seminary.  The material noted with some pride that the school would graduate four students in 2012."Wow, that's small," I thought to myself.  But then...

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Cal Ripken, Jr. On Parenting

During yesterday's message, I shared these insights on fatherhood from Cal Ripken, Jr.: Growing up “I love you” wasn’t’ spread around too much in our household. Not that it wasn’t meant. I could tell every time my dad told me he loved me without saying it. It’s just...

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Courageous Legacy

So far in Courageous, we've seen that . . . .Cowards have good intentions. The courageous take bold action.What you hide in order to have will haunt you.So what will it be this Sunday, April 29 as we dig into Courageous Legacy?I can't wait to tell you. But I will...

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What “Doers Of The Word” Teaches Us About The Bible

James 1:22 is one of the more familiar verses in Scripture.  I love how the King James version translates it:But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.We get the "doers of the word" part -- most of us Methodist are more than...

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