Month: October 2017

Shame & Repentance

Shame is a powerful motivator. Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton learned this the hard way a few weeks ago when he was disrespectful towards and dismissive of a female reporter’s question, simply because she is a woman in the masculine world of pro football. After 24 hours of dominating the news cycle, and being denounced by anyone within shouting distance …

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#YOUTOO?

Like many of you, I’ve sampled the sad string of news stories that have recently come out concerning allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault involving a Hollywood mogul.  I couldn’t help thinking of surgery-analogy; something that has festered under the surface for years, is now being exposed so it can be excised.  It’s painful, not only for the people …

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Saints & Criticism

 Starting a new job can be awkward to say the least. On the one hand, you want to be authentic and on the other, you want to be absolutely perfect and adored by all. Sadly, in a fallen world they don’t quite go together. Right now, I’m honeymooning (with joy I might add) but in due time, the criticisms will …

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How to Make Sense of…Anything

When I arrived at GRC in 2004, everything was simpler.  No church office, only a few part-time staff doing their thing from home, one service on Sundays, a skinny ministry calendar that majored on Growth Groups.  And with fewer opportunities to see our 50 members, I decided to share a weekly blog-like email, “From the Pastor’s Desk.”  Since then, we’ve …

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