Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Required Resources For “Simplify The Message & Multiply The Impact”

As a lot of you know, the Western North Carolina United Methodists invited me to lead a monthly preaching workshop (technically called a “cohort”) for sixteen emerging and established pastors in our area.

I am both excited about and energized by the assignment.  You can read more about it here. read more

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One Sixty-Seven, Week 2 — The “The Oldest Religion In The World” Sermon Rewind

For sometime now, I have been amazed/saddened/perplexed at all the ways people say to God (in so many words):  I know better.

So I put it into a sermon.  Labelling the serpent’s seed of doubt in the woman’s mind as the Oldest Religion In The World, I walk the people of the church through Genesis 3:1-7, piled on some Proverbs 1:7 and I Corinthians 3:20 and landed at this bottom line: read more

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One Sixty-Seven, Week 2 — “The Oldest Religion In The World”

Well, what is it?  What is the “oldest religion in the world”?

Is it Christianity?

No.  Older.

Judaism?

No. Older.

Hinduism?

No. It’s old, but there’s something older.

Idol worship?

No. That’s really old, but there’s something older.

To see what is the oldest religion in the world, it’s … read more

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#TBT — State Title, 1978 … Happy Story With A Sad Ending

Here is the Park Cities News from May 17, 1978:

The photo and the accompanying story came in the aftermath of a Texas high school doubles state championship that Chris Doane and I won on behalf of Highland Park High School in Dallas.

He was a senior, I was a sophomore, and during that spring season of  high school tennis, we both put aside our singles games to compete as a doubles team.  Our HP coach broached the idea with us, we both resisted, and then agreed with some reluctance. read more

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The WORST Question To Ask In A #BibleStudy

We write a lot of LifeGroup questions at Good Shepherd.  In fact, we have a For Further Conversation section in our Sunday morning worship bulletin virtually every week — and many of our LifeGroups use that material (and the sermon that prompted it) as their curricula.

And, happily, many of those questions have been included in and then expanded upon for use in these books published by Abingdon Press. read more

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Things I’ve Learned This Week

A week of random learning and unexpected realizations, summarized right here.

Here are the Top Five Things I’ve Learned JUST This Week:

  1. Good Shepherd sermons are now available as podcasts at the iTunes store.  Wha-what?!

2.Roger Federer will achieve the #1 ranking in the world if he makes the semi-finals of this week’s tournament in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.  At 36, he will be the oldest player ever to reach #1. If he loses before the semis, he’ll have to be content with being #1 all time. read more

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One Sixty-Seven Launch: The “What A Fool Believes” Sermon Rewind

Planning.  Praying. Dreaming. Scheming.  Empowering.

Aligning.

That’s why I am so excited about One Sixty Seven:  everyone is aligned.  Children, teens, G3 groups, existing LifeGroups, Sunday worship, and daily blogs.  All aligned.

That alignment showed through this weekend as 210 students and volunteers had a One Six Seven retreat, as we began the grand G3 experiment with over 160 hosts, and as I delivered a message with a bottom line taken straight from the inspired words of Paul: read more

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“One Sixty-Seven” Launch — “What A Fool Believes”

Whew.

I’ve been dreaming, scheming, planning, preparing, and praying over the One Sixty-Seven series for months now.

We have 130 G3 groups signed up already.

Our Children’s Ministry has customized its own curriculum so that what the young ones learn in the K Zone parallels what their parents are hearing in the Worship Center. read more

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Writing Your Prayers

Earlier this week, I received this email from a Good Shepherd friend.  The email came in response to a section of Sunday’s sermon on Psalm 13 in which I mentioned that for the past 18 months I have been writing the majority of my prayers.

(If you think that is somehow less spiritual than speaking, whispering, or thinking your prayers, consider how many written prayers are in Scripture.) read more

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Simplify The Message; Multiply The Impact Launches

This group of 16 preacher friends from Western North Carolina Methodism descended on Good Shepherd yesterday for the launch of an eight month workshop I am leading called Simplify The Message; Multiply The Impact.

Everyone who signed up showed up.  That’s no small victory.

For the bulk of 2018, this group will gather on the first Tuesday of each month and go through sermon design and delivery together.  I have given them assignments in between our workshops, including the fiction of Ann Patchett and the music of Jason Isbell. read more

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