“God With Us,” Week 5 — “A Bigger Bang”

A little known fact about Advent and Christmas: in Christian thinking, Jesus first appearance is designed to heighten our anticipation for his second. What does that mean? What will it look like? What about all the books, charts, and graphs that we can buy that tell...

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Christmas Eve, 2019 — The “Get A Grip” Sermon Rewind

My message from Tuesday night's Christmas Eve services ... Began with our congregation standing and reading Luke 2:1-7 out loud and together;Pivoted on Paul's affirmation in Philippians 3:12 that Christ Jesus had first grabbed on to him;Was about 2/3 the length of a...

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“God With Us,” Week 4 — “Stuck On You”

Lionel Richie may have sung it, but Paul wrote about it and I'm going to preach it. God's "with-ness" can't be separated from his "love-ness" which, as you'll see, is stuck on you. What does all this have to do with Christmas? Only everything. Check it out. Sunday....

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Who Shook Who?

In the aftermath of Sunday's sermon in which the bottom line was God shakes you up to send you out a Good Shepherd stalwart approached me. "Thank you for that sermon," she said. "I always thought that it was Satan who gave me cancer but after the message I think maybe...

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They Kinda Just Wana Hold My Hand

My Good Shepherd friend Susan Salzman brought her daughter Brooke Cantrell (right) and granddaughter Makaylah Cantrell (left), and they got a kick out of a certain photo collage that's part of our lobby gallery:

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#TBT — May, 1978, Austin, Texas

Here I am serving in the final round of the Texas State High School Doubles Championship. I was a sophomore, my partner was senior Chris Doane, and we were in the process of beating Sammy Giammalva & Mickey Branisa from Houston. In the way high school tennis...

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Pastor Or Agitator?

So what's the more profound role for a person in my role: pastor or agitator? If you say pastor, then you'll believe that the most effective leader of a local church will care for souls, pursue healing, and excel in the ministry of presence. If you say agitator, then...

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