Where Apples Fall, Week 4 — “Falling Alone”

Is it possible to have the people you love the most pay a steep price for your pursuit of good things? Huh? You saw that right.  Do the people you love the most have to pay a price for the time you spend pursuing things which are good, noble, and right. That's one of...

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Raising Funds Without Ever Fund Raising

Occasionally when I speak to groups of people within this church or beyond it, the subject of fund raisers comes up.  And that's when I most love the conversation. Because at Good Shepherd we have a very simple policy towards fund raisers: we don't have them. That's...

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A Book Launch. In An Art Studio. With Real Live Dummies.

The best part about last night's launch were my three assistants.  To my left is Crash, and to my right, in order are Test and Dummy. They spent some time indoors but more time outdoors, welcoming guests, posing for pictures, and even drumming up business. They even...

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A Requiem For Last Words

Years ago, I had a District Superintendent in the United Methodist Church -- a position which functions, more or less, as a pastor to the pastors -- tell a group of us assembled clergy:  "When you want to get the last word in . . . don't." And I was thinking, "But I...

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