Guest Musician At Good Shepherd

During Sunday’s 11:30 worship gathering, I looked to my left and there saw this little boy, Jacob, along with his mother.

Jacob had to sit on the front row because he had to be able to see the guitarists and play along with them with the axe he brought.

So throughout each song, as the band led, Jacob played along. read more

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When You Meet The AUTHOR Of The Book You’re Reading

I am currently leading two LifeGroups through The Rewritten Life, a short-term bible study written by Jessica LaGrone.

Rev. LaGrone is the Dean Of The Chapel of Asbury Seminary (my alma mater) and has a way of writing that is simultaneously profound and approachable.

We’ve been exploring some of the biblical characters who received a name change, starting with Abraham & Sarah and then moving through Jacob, Naomi, Daniel, Peter, and ultimately the “unnamed woman” of John 8.  Both groups have thoroughly enjoyed the work we’re doing together as well as LaGrone’s contribution to it. read more

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Top Five Tuesday — My #NotMyTopFive Tuesday List

The following acts will not, by executive decree, ever make an appearance on this blog’s “Top Five Tuesday.”

Primarily because there is no way that I could five songs by all of them combined that I actually like.

Here they are:

5.  REO Speedwagon.  It’s time for them to fly.  Away.  For good. read more

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Bouncebackers, Week 2 — The “Horrible Bosses” Sermon Rewind

Yesterday’s message …

  • Hinged on an obscure detail from an already-obscure story in Jeremiah 38;
  • Continued my commitment in the Bouncebackers series to looking at characters and narratives that normally float under the biblical radar;
  • Covered work issues that, apparently, many people struggle with;
  • Landed at this bottom line:  Why be life’s pawn when you can be God’s partner?

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One way I KNOW we could get sidetracked for a good long time here is if we gathered you all in circles and threw a question up on the screen (do it!) that said:  TELL US ABOUT THE MOST HORRIBLE BOSS YOU’VE EVER HAD.  And you would launch right in!  It’s such a common subject, such a familiar feeling that they even made a movie with that title (AV)!  Now: two rules before we would actually do that: 1) NO ONE who works here at GS could participate; and 2) if you’ve never had a boss because you are still in school you could edit it to the most horrible teacher or counselor or even coach.  Yep, I know our discussion would be lively, animated, and lengthy. read more

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Bouncebackers, Week 2 — “Horrible Bosses”

Ever had one of these?

I daresay that most of us have.  Whether boss, coach, teacher, pastor, or politician, almost all of us have felt at the mercy of someone in a position of authority over us.

And what do you do if that authority is unpredictable or malevolent or both?  How do you bounce back from that? read more

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Most. Perfect. Gift.

A friend from Good Shepherd gave me this on Sunday.

I’m just going to leave this here and let you bask in its truth, wisdom, and beauty.

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Gideon’s Math. And His Aftermath.

Most of you who have heard of Gideon have done so because his name is on virtually every hotel room bible in the USA.

But then others of you know him because of his math: he took an army of only 300 soldiers and defeated many thousands of Midiantes.

That’s Gideon’s math.

But do you know his aftermath?   Here it is: read more

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Reflections From The “Battle Of The Sexes” Movie

I’m not really Movie Review Guy.

If you frequent this space at all, you know I’m much more likely to comment on music and books than I am on film.

Yet last Friday Julie and I went to see the early 70s period piece Battle Of The Sexes.  (We asked for and received the Over 55 discount AND WE WEREN’T CARDED!  Yes, I’m bitter.) read more

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Bouncebackers Launch — The “Victor Of Circumstance” Sermon Rewind

This was a message with good content and good storytelling (David, Abigail, Nabal from I Samuel 25) and a good title, but ultimately in search of a bottom line.

I started out with It’s not your fault, but it is your chanceThen I moved to God adds his intervention to your initiative.  I thought of It’s your chance to start taking the responsibility you used to avoid.  read more

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Bouncebackers Launches Sunday — “Victor Of Circumstance”

We get knocked down.

We get up again.

You’re never gonna keep us down.

Or so we hope.

We’ve all been there – knocked down and presumably out for the count.  For a lot of us the wounds are self-inflicted.  For others, we’re victims.

But when we’re down in spirit, in relationships, in finance, and in hope, how do we bounce back?  Where are the sources of resilience, perseverance, and strength? read more

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