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): ...

read more

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...

read more

Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Things I Never Get Tired Of

If you know me at all, you know I like my routines. Actually, I love them. Honestly, I live by them. And so in the middle of all that, there are five things above all others that I just never get tired of.  Here they are:   1.Listening to Don Henley's The Boys Of...

read more

“The Not Eating Habit” Sermon Rewind

How to make a sermon on fasting interesting?  Or relevant?  Or fun? Well, I'm not sure I accomplished any of the above, but I did make it practical.  We distributed a very clear Call To Action at the conclusion:  a church-wide fast on Monday, February 6, complete with...

read more

Creatures Of Habit, Week 5 — The Not Eating Habit

It's Super Bowl Sunday. It's Scouting For Food Sunday. ( See below.) And yet it's the Sunday we wind up Creatures Of Habit with a message called "The Not Eating Habit"? What in the world is that about? Sunday. 8:30, 10, 11:30 on Moss Road. 10, 11:30 on Zoar Road....

read more

Celebrate His Rule With Trembling

Here's Psalm 2:11 Serve the Lord with fear     and celebrate his rule with trembling. Yikes. I sense that few people celebrate the Lord's rule.  More object to it.  Still more re-fashion it to suit their own agenda.  Even more simply ignore it. And yet the call to...

read more

The “Habitude” Sermon Rewind

So . . . how do three pastors in two languages preach variations on the same sermon while on different campuses? Very carefully is the expected answer; I pray that Very boldly was the real one. Here was yesterday's situation:  Chris Thayer, the site pastor of our Zoar...

read more

Ministry As A Performance?

As I mentioned in yesterday's post, I've had a couple of funerals this week. And in the funeral I led yesterday -- you can read the obituary here -- the man we celebrated had been an accountant.  And a pastor. Now: vocationally, he was an accountant.  That's how he'll...

read more