The Methodists Made A Video About US!

The Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church (that's a mouthful, but that's where I have spent my professional life and that's the denominational entity of which Good Shepherd is a part) recently made and posted a video about our church. The...

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Unhappy Campers, Week 3 — Where The Wild Things Are

Many of you remember this book from childhood: The place where all those "wild things are" is a place you want to leave; an uncertainty you want to escape, a freedom you're willing to give up. Of course, Maurice Sendak had nothing on the children of Israel. They heard...

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Simply The Best …

Here are some "bests" I've encountered in my time on earth. Best tennis player I ever played with:  Rod Laver.  If you're a tennis player, you know it's virtually impossible to have a better answer than that one.  Laver, an Australian who won tennis' calendar year...

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Why Ambiguity Makes For Great Art And Terrible Leadership

Most critics will tell you that great novels and films involve more than a little ambiguity.  Characters are rounded, stories are open-ended, and the heroes and villains are indistinguishable, in large part because people are both at the same time. It's why in...

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TOP FIVE TUESDAY — Top Five Wimbledon Moments

Some thoughts I shared about Wimbledon in the space before . . . Top Five Tuesday: Top Five Wimbledon Moments   I have never been to Wimbledon. Something about sitting in a cold rain in early July doesn’t appeal to me. And for the last 24 years, I haven’t been...

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My Least Favorite Sign In The World …

... is this one: If you ever see one like it at Good Shepherd, you'll know we have ourselves a new pastor.  It's why our staff has instructions to park at the remote end of the parking lot. So, no signs like that will be up this Sunday as we move into Week 2 of...

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Grass Court Tennis & The What Ifs

So it’s Wimbledon this week. It’s hard to be at work when there’s grass court tennis going on. Back in the day, grass courts suited my game better than any other surface. Grass courts tennis rewards hard serves and aggressive play, both of which were my strengths....

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