A Living Relationship With . . .

  . . . Jesus Christ. That’s how most of us at Good Shepherd have grown accustomed to completing that sentence. We consciously chose the word "living" rather than "personal" (the more common term in most evangelical circles) because "personal" too easily devolves...

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#TBT — Davis Family, Fall, 1998

Here we are in the fall of 1998 in the living room of the parsonage at Mt. Carmel Church in Monroe, NC. Riley was then six and Taylor was nine.  Julie and I were . . . 19 years younger than we are now!

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The Idol Of Clergy Self-Care

This post is not likely to make me many friends in United Methodism. But here goes:  the current mantra in UMC circles of "clergy self-care" has moved from concern to caricature to idol. Over the last couple of years in my Annual Conference, we have heard lectures,...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Rock Love Songs

What other kind of list could I possibly compile for Valentine's Day? And no, "Feel Like Makin' Love" didn't make the cut.  Nor did "Whole Lotta Love."  Or even "Love Gun."  To make the list, a song has to have at least a little subtlety as well as the recognition...

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What A Day That Will Be

A lot of you know that I spent they years 1990-1999 pastoring in Monroe, North Carolina, a medium-sized town about 30 miles south and east of Charlotte.  As is typical of United Methodist pastors, I served two churches at the same time (called a two-point charge): ...

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Wordsmithing And The One Point Sermon

Not long ago, I received an email from someone who attended Good Shepherd for a season and then had to move to another part of the country. Anyway, part of his email said that he and his family still remember and use the phrase “forgiveness is learned, so teach it...

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