#TBT — That Time I Hit With Rod Laver

If you've been following the Australian Open at all, then you may have noticed that the featured matches are played on something called Rod Laver Arena. Laver, for those uninitiated in the ways of tennis, was a pro player from Australia who won all four Grand Slam...

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Of Strategy And Spirit

This has been one of my primary dilemmas in church leadership:  do you rely on strategy or lean on the Spirit? Here’s what I mean.  Back in the day, many churches (including Good Shepherd) adopted a model of church function and leadership that centered on a baseball...

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Top Five Tuesday — My Top Five Children’s Books

One of the treasures I brought back to Charlotte with me after a weekend in Austin, Texas was this copy of Jack London's The Call Of The Wild. ----------------------------------- My mother used to read this one to me as we sat by the heating vent in my parents'...

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Ephesians 3: Removing All Doubts It’s About The Pronouns

Over the last couple of posts, I have distinguished between ancient Greek speech making and modern American letter writing as we looked at the New Testament letter of Paul to the Ephesians. And Ephesians is 100% the former and 0% the latter. The pronouns have told us...

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Up In Arms, Week 2 — The “Justified” Sermon Rewind

Yesterday's message ... Preached the RIGHT message (I hope) at the WRONG time of year; Shifted the focus from Peter's denial to Peter's tantrum; Shifted the focus from Peter to the servant girl who was "on to him." Generated a lot of moments of silence throughout the...

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The Value Of Sleeping On It

Earlier this week, I was wrestling with a bottom line for an upcoming sermon. The passage in question was tricky. The opportunity to go in multiple directions was both alluring and bewildering. The temptation to "borrow" the insights of another preacher was real. The...

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Why Don’t We Have A Calm System?

A friend of mine recently told a group of us that he has a minor condition with his nervous system.   ---------------------------------------------------- And I asked what I thought was the obvious question:  "Why don't we have a calm system?" We have nerve...

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