The “Force Of Habit” Sermon Rewind

Oh, what a weekend. We had faux snow in south Charlotte (the real thing hit north Charlotte) and so we spent much of Saturday deciding whether or not to have church. We ultimately decided, yes, normal schedule AND we're going to start the series "Creatures of Habit"...

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A Simple Guideline For Church Meetings

Church meetings are legendary, aren’t they? And not in the way, say, Michael Jordan is legendary in basketball. Or Joe Montana in football. Or even Roger Federer in tennis. No, church meetings are legendary for the bloodshed — real and imagined — that they involve....

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Resourcing What We Are Teaching

I was really excited when these arrived at the Good Shepherd office yesterday.   What are they? Creatures Of Habit Devotional Guides. In English and Spanish. Written by the people of Good Shepherd, these guides are designed to resource and empower the very habits...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Random Confessions

Normally when a pastor says that he has something to confess, the people of the church think, "who's involved and how long has it been going on?" Well, thankfully, this is nothing like that. However, for this Tuesday's Top Five, I want to lean toward the transparent...

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The “After The Ball Drops” Sermon Rewind

The calendar threw a curveball at pastors this year by making both Christmas and New Year's fall on a Sunday. So we obviously could not use the first Sunday of 2017 to start a new series, as you want to do that on a high attendance Sunday. Instead, I decided to...

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What’s Ahead

Three things coming up for the people of Good Shepherd:   1. This Sunday (1.1.17) we will worship at 10 a.m. at both Moss Road and Zoar Road locations.  1.  "Live" sermons at each called "After The Ball Drops."  Our Latino community will worship at 11:30 at the...

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Pastoral Calls & Inner Conflict

On occasion, I give phone calls to people I haven’t seen around church in awhile. My responses to their responses have me a bit conflicted. If they respond to my “hey, I’ve missed seeing you and want to make sure everything is OK” with “oh, sorry, I’ve just gotten out...

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Preaching For Applause?

While most Methodist churches refrain from all kinds of clapping — either the rhythmic kind during a praise song or the appreciative kind during a sermon — Good Shepherd has always been one of the exceptions. We clap during most songs on most Sundays.  We even clapped...

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What’s Ahead

  Here is a snapshot of where we are headed this weekend: Christmas Eve -- Saturday, December 24 Moss Road Campus Worship Gatherings 5:00 pm 6:30 pm 8:00 pm Note:  for the first time, we have Nursery Ministry at both 5:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Our 5:00 p.m. is the...

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