“Called” — A Student Winter Retreat

This past weekend, over 200 Good Shepherd students and volunteers ventured to nearby Crowder's Ridge Camp for their annual Winter Retreat. The theme was "Called." One of the most significant moments of the weekend included a guided journey through the Prayer Chapel in...

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A Sermon Where I Recovered My Voice

Can I tell you about a sermon in which I recovered my voice? There was a season in the life of Good Shepherd, stretching from, say 2007 – 2010, in which I had learned the technique of a one point sermon.  So that was progress.  However, during that same time I had...

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A Book Release, A Workshop, A Good Day

Yesterday was a good day. First, Simplify The Message; Multiply The Impact had its official release. Second, I was able to celebrate that release by leading a Simplify The Message Workshop in Asheboro, North Carolina, for thirty-one United Methodist pastors eager to...

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Greater Love, Week 1 — The “Movement” Sermon Rewind

Yesterday's message ... Embodied no little bit of irony.  Two days before the official release of "Simplify The Message; Multiply The Impact," a book for all practical purposes on designing and delivering one point sermons, my sermon yesterday featured four ......

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Special Delivery — Preaching Without Notes

My love language is Words Of Affirmation. (If you don’t understand that reference, check out Gary Chapman’s The Five Love Languages where you’ll see that all of us speak & receive love through one of the following: physical touch, quality time, acts of service,...

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From InterestED To InterestING

I still remember a conversation that, paradoxically, led me into full-time ministry. I was 24 at the time, and working at the Princeton, New Jersey office of the United States Tennis Association. As part of my duties, I gave presentations to physical educators,...

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