“Value Of A Soul,” Week 2 — Priceless

The song "Question" is typical Moody Blues:  overwrought, self-serious, and, in spite of itself, pretty good. In fact, as a teen it made a brief appearance in my "All Time Top Ten Songs" list (and yes, I still make those lists in my 50s).  Here it is:...

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Strategically Sweet. Or Sweetly Strategic.

On any given day, I’m called on to make a number of decisions. Usually, those decisions are strategic in nature: how best to align the staff, how most effectively to extend our influence, how to maximize the impact of our facilities. Sometimes I find those decisions...

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Methodist Emotion

Most of us in this current era assume that Methodists and emotion have an uneasy, awkward relationship. Now: Good Shepherd has its share of worship enthusiasm.  There's clapping, amen-ing, and even the occasional "WOOH-ing," especially at our 11:30 gathering.  So,...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Hills I’ll Die On

Have you noticed people want you to take a stand these days? To make your decision, your position, your viewpoint known. It's true in politics, it's true in theology, and it's true in Methodism. And in thinking on these things I've realized that there are some topics...

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Value Of A Soul Launch — “Precious”

How much is a soul worth? Yours?  Mine?  The one belonging to the person you don’t know and likely will never meet? What is the ultimate value of that part of us that endures, literally, forever? Those are some of the heavy questions we’ll address during The Value Of...

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What Fitness Training & Spiritual Health Have In Common

One time several years ago, I was at the local YMCA and while doing my little workout eavesdropped on a couple of guys doing their big workout. And one said to the other, "If you work on the stuff no one sees, you really help what everyone sees." In other words, if...

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