Nehemiah, Sanballat, Opposition, And Christmas

In the Old Testament book of Nehemiah, the title character has a dreaded and persistent opponent named Sanballat. And . . . we all have Sanballats in our lives.  Athletically, professionally, spiritually, and personally.  So how to deal with them?  Here are some...

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The Mic Drop Sermon Rewind

I looked forward to the message all week. Now that's true most weeks, of course, but especially so for this past week.  Several staffers who had seen the message in advance told me they liked it, and, buoyed up as I am by words of affirmation, by Sunday I was ready to...

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Confession: I Learned How To Read In Seminary

With apologies to my mother who taught me to read when I was four or five, and with all due respect to my undergraduate degree in English, I really did learn how to read in seminary. What I mean is that while at Asbury Seminary, I learned a method of close reading I...

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The “God Drops In” Sermon Rewind

What do you get when you combine . . . A classic Union County saying, John's epic version of the Christmas story (don't blink or you'll miss it), A "stand up" invitation, and A John Piper (yes, UMCers!) inspired insight that he who had no beginning began everything?...

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Calling In Sick?

There have been a handful of mornings in ministry when I have had a strong desire to call in sick. Not on days that I've actually been sick, mind you. But days when the bed felt awfully warm. And there were some things on my schedule that I simply didn’t want to face....

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We Read The Bible All Wrong

Ann Patchett's novel State Of Wonder opens with this: The news of Ander Eckman’s death came by way of Aerogram, a piece of bright blue airmail paper that served as both the stationary and, when folded over and sealed along the edges, the envelope.  Who even knew they...

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Top Five Tuesday — Guest Blogger Devin Tharp on SRV CLT

We had a wonderful night serving around Charlotte Sunday night for SRV CLT.  Good Shepherd and Steele Creek Church of Charlotte came together for the effort as we sent out 120 students, 35 adult leaders to 8 ministry locations.  Here are just a few of the things we...

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