Why So Many Of Us PREFER Chaos To Calm

Mark 4:35-41 contains this fabulous little story whose meaning is wrapped up in its subtle choice of words:   35 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he...

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Dealing With Opposition

(No sermon rewind today as Ron Dozier preached at Good Shepherd yesterday.) I have had seasons where I’ve had somewhere I wanted to go, some things I wanted to do, and at every turn (not that I was seeking it out!) – someone or something stands in opposition. And the...

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#TBT — Texas Sectionals, Corpus Christi, TX, 1973

Here I am at 11 losing -- badly -- to Boyd Bryan in the quarterfinals of the 1973 Texas Sectionals for Boys' 12-and-under.   I'd estimate the score was 6-1, 6-2, maybe 6-2, 6-3.  Boyd never missed and when I was 11 I had already started serve-and-volleying, and I...

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When The People In Next Step Know Better Than You Do

At Good Shepherd, we talk all the time about inviting all people into a living relationship with Jesus Christ. But what exactly is a living relationship with Jesus Christ?  What does it look like? Early on, we narrowed it down to seven "marks" or "measures."  Here's...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Stages Of Sermon Preparation

You've heard of the five stages of grief?  Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance? Or on a lighter note, the Five Love Languages?  Acts Of Service, Words Of Affirmation, Gifts, Quality Time, and physical touch? So those cinco-centric lists got me...

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Some Things You May Not Know …

An assortment of reflections, observations, confessions, and odds & ends ... I like every Imagine Dragons song I hear on the radio. The Resident has become must-see-TV for me and for Julie. I read Timothy Keller's Preaching:  Communicating Faith In An Age Of...

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What A CounselOR Taught Me About CounselING

A number of years ago, I spent a season working with a particular counselor trying to help figure out the conundrum that is me. (Yes, I've had several such seasons and a few counselors and I am much the healthier for it.)   Anyway, during one of our sessions, the...

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