A Roger Federer Fan’s Take On Rafael Nadal

In William Skidelsky's Federer & Me: A Story Of Obsession, there is a chapter devoted to Federer's nemesis/foil/kryptonite, Rafael Nadal. Here's the opening page of that chapter. If you are not a tennis fan, you're bewildered. If you are a tennis fan and a Rafael...

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The “Value Of A Soul” Short Film Rewind

In lieu of a sermon yesterday, we played the Billy Graham Association's short film, The Value Of A Soul. This is the third such short film Sunday we've had -- in 2014 it was Defining Moments and in 2015 it was Lose To Gain. Each of the films weaves together art,...

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#TBT — My Dad, 1977

Some of you know that this past Monday (Nov. 14) was my birthday. As happens in the age of Facebook, I was inundated with birthday wishes. And one note in particular was especially interesting.  It came from a friend who was on my high school tennis team in Dallas. ...

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A Poster Child For The Mission Statement

A Good Shepherd friend told me this week that she is "a poster child for our mission statement." Meaning? "I knew about Jesus," she said.  "But I didn't know what it meant to have a living relationship with him til I got here." And:  "I'm not just a poster child for...

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The “In The Long Run” Sermon Rewind

How could we . . . a) receive "promise cards" (aka, pledge cards) for 2017 generosity; AND b) distribute "movie tickets" for our short film Sunday next week?   Answer:  "In The Long Run" (yes, title borrowed from chorus of an Eagles' song), a sermon with this...

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Sunday Morning Motivational Speaking?

In my occasional dark nights of the soul, I wonder:  “is what I’m doing anything other than some motivational speaking on a Sunday morning?” Seriously: do people come to Good Shepherd or to any church simply to have their ears tickled and the hearts touched?  To feel...

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