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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Steps In First Time Guest Follow Up
February 21, 2017 0

How’s that for a technical blog post? But aside from posts about playing tennis or delivering sermons, this is probably the activity on which I have spent the most time.  Because we take our guests seriously at Good Shepherd, and we do what we can to ensure they come. Here’s our process: 1. Obtain Connection Read the full article…

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The “This Will Hurt Me More Than It Hurts You!” Sermon Rewind
February 20, 2017 0

Oh, what a dilemma. Does God allow pain in our lives or does he cause it? Wesleyan Methodists are traditionally much more comfortable with the former while Calvinists often embrace the latter. But what does the author of Hebrews say? Among other things, that’s a topic that week two of The Path Of Most Resistance Read the full article…

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#TBT — Davis Family, Fall, 1998
February 16, 2017 0

Here we are in the fall of 1998 in the living room of the parsonage at Mt. Carmel Church in Monroe, NC. Riley was then six and Taylor was nine.  Julie and I were . . . 19 years younger than we are now!

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The Idol Of Clergy Self-Care
February 15, 2017 5

This post is not likely to make me many friends in United Methodism. But here goes:  the current mantra in UMC circles of “clergy self-care” has moved from concern to caricature to idol. Over the last couple of years in my Annual Conference, we have heard lectures, been given books, received mailings, and taken part Read the full article…

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Rock Love Songs
February 14, 2017 0

What other kind of list could I possibly compile for Valentine’s Day? And no, “Feel Like Makin’ Love” didn’t make the cut.  Nor did “Whole Lotta Love.”  Or even “Love Gun.”  To make the list, a song has to have at least a little subtlety as well as the recognition that love itself involves a Read the full article…

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