Guest Blogger — Amy Hutchinson, Theology Student

When I saw Talbot’s post contrasting seminaries and schools of theology/divinity schools, I had to jump on it. My name is Amy, and I am a first year Master of Divinity student at Candler School of Theology at Emory University and a proud member of Good Shepherd UMC. I...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five College Football Helmets

In honor of last night's BCS Title Game between Auburn and Oregon, and with a shout out to my previous post on favorite NFL helmets, here's a list of my Top Five College Football helmet designs.The list is completely subjective. And, as you'll see, thoroughly...

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5, 7, and 9

So this is Christmas.At 5:00 this evening we'll have a high-octane Family Celebration with music, drama, and word coming from our G-Force Children's Team. Having seen the rehearsal, you can expect to be blown away.Then at both 7:00 and 9:00 we'll host Candlelight...

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What The Creed Says . . . And What It Doesn’t Say

I love the last line of the Apostles' Creed: [. . . I believe] in the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting. Amen.While the Creed may not have the same level of authority as inspired Scripture, it nevertheless represents the best of the collective wisdom...

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Blessing Houses

My cyber friend John Meunier has a interesting post on house to house visitation on the part of pastors.The timing was ideal.Just last evening, I went "blessing houses" with another preacher friend -- this one from Huntersville and he's a man I've met him in person...

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The Curse Of Knowledge

Several years ago, I heard a teaching about the curse of knowledge.It goes like this:Once you know something,you forget what it's likenot to know that thing.That's so true. And especially applicable to the world of faith and church.Once you know the bible stories, you...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Pitfalls Of Pastoral Ministry

After almost 20 years of full-time pastoral ministry, I believe I have a reasonably good understanding of how it works. Or how it doesn't.So what are those things that a pastor needs to avoid if he or she will have both an effective ministry and a vibrant spiritual...

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Wrestling In Prayer

Colossians 4:12 says this:Epaphras, who is one of you and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends greetings. He is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured.What an interesting phrase: wrestling in prayer.We...

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People & Change

Pastoral leaders are supposed to help people navigate change. It's part of the territory.Sometimes I do it well. Other times I don't.But someone said something a few months ago that has stuck with me: People don't fear change. They fear what they'll lose in change.How...

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