Bringing The Tangible To An Increasingly Intangible World

I still buy books and CDs.  Books you can touch and CDs you place in a player. My children (28 and 25) consider it almost inconceivable that I buy music in CD format and books in bound format.  To them, music & books are what you download, and I’m wasting time,...

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“I Felt Like A Pastor Today … “

Throughout the years, I have told a number of Good Shepherd staffers that as much as I love planning and preparing sermons as well as leading LifeGroup conversations, there come times when I simply have "to feel like a pastor today." By that I mean the urgency to...

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Pastoring To Preach Or Preaching To Pastor?

Years ago, I heard a clergy-coaching-type ask a rather provocative question of a group of us: Do you pastor so that you can preach or do you preach so that you can pastor? Meaning:  as one who leads a local church, do you provide a ministry of presence in people's...

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Getting From Written Manuscript To Preached Sermon

Here is "Page 2" from last week's "Shame Off You" sermon from the Bouncebackers series. What?  And what is the deal with all that purple? Well, here goes: each week, after about 12-15 hours of studying, scribbling, and outlining, I write out a nine page, 2,000 word...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Scriptures On Eternal Life

While it can be dangerous to attach too much importance to single verses of Scripture — thereby yanking them out of context — nevertheless there is something so powerful about certain sentences in the bible. Especially those that speak of eternal life. These are the...

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#TBT — Destin, Florida, 1995

In the summer of 1995, Julie and I took Taylor (then five) and Riley (then two) to a beach in Destin, Florida for vacation. We (I) chose the particular vacation property because one of its attractions was grass tennis courts.  If I remember correctly, I found an...

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