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Personal Ministry In A Digital Age
August 25, 2016 0

  Here’s one of the questions I recently asked each of our staff to consider:How can my schedule be as full of face-to-face interactions with people as it is full of nose-to-screen interactions with my computer? Answering that question well is one of the great challenges of ministry in the digital age. Yes, we want Read the full article…

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What Happened When We STOPPED Teaching A Class On Methodism . . .
August 24, 2016 0

For over 17 years now, I have taught the new member class at Good Shepherd.  The group’s current name is Next Step, as in “helping you take your next step in your living relationship with Jesus Christ.” In all of its iterations, one session out of the four (or five, or six) has remained constant:  Read the full article…

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Things About Having A Name Like “Talbot”
August 23, 2016 0

  One of my earliest memories — say from when I was four or five years old — is the awareness that I have a very unusual first name.And early on, I didn’t like it. First, it was easy to make all kinds of vaguely insulting nicknames out of it.  TalBUTT was the name of choice Read the full article…

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Wake Up Call, Week 3 — ReWeirding The Holy Spirit
August 22, 2016 0

For the second week in row, my Wake Up Call sermon wasn’t really about the sermon. Last Sunday, it led to my interview with Ron Hall. And yesterday, it served as the set up for an interactive time of “praying in the Spirit.” I must say, the movements of breathing, raising, singing, and speaking worked Read the full article…

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Baiting And Switching
August 18, 2016 0

Maybe it’s because we’re in a series on the Holy Spirit. Maybe it’s because I see the cultural and individual fallout from casual Christianity. Or maybe it’s just because of what I see in the mirror. But the whole notion of a Jesus “bait and switch” is on my mind recently. Here’s what I mean.  When Read the full article…

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