When A LifeGroup Revealed Deepest Motivations

On a recent Thursday morning, I attended BUT DID NOT LEAD a Good Shepherd LifeGroup. The group is actually using a new Seedbed study on the book of Hebrews, authored by Ken Schenck, who was a classmate of mine at Asbury Seminary.          ...

read more

A New Look At An Old Sin

In the study guide "Lord, Change My Attitude," Pastor James McDonald offers this definition of covetousness: "Wanting something so much that you lose your satisfaction in God." I like that. I like that because I live it. Things I want so badly it causes me to lose...

read more

How Mission Connects To Discipline

Those of you who know me well know that I am a super-disciplined person. I complete projects well in advance, I show up to meetings and events early, I live by my routines, and I follow rules. Yet I am an undisciplined leader. That's right.  While focused on a...

read more

Now THAT’S Active Listening

A friend from Good Shepherd was apparently dialed in to Sunday's message.  She put this photo of her notes up on social media: This is rewarding on two fronts:  1) it lets you know that the joyful work of preparing, internalizing, and delivering a sermon is really...

read more

Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Facts Related To Geography

A collection of interesting geographical facts, some of which I just knew, and others of which I had to research.  The Cincinnati Airport is in ... Kentucky.  The most northern point in Maine is 300 miles south of London, England.  Neither Florida nor California have...

read more

#ForCLT Finale — The “For The Church” Sermon Rewind

Yesterday's message ... Recognized that the "High Priestly Prayer" of John 17 is NOT a series of commands.  It's not exhortation.  Instead, it's a prayer and we get to eavesdrop in on it. Talked about how "truth bridges" are more important these days than old tribal,...

read more