No Problem, Week 3 — The “Stubborn Problem” Sermon Rewind

Yesterday’s message …

  • Began in a “liturgical” fashion with me inviting viewers to stand and read the Scripture out loud and together as we began;
  • Deal with the thorny issue of the demonic in Scripture and in life;
  • Used Colossians 2:13-15 to bring light to Mark 1;
  • Landed at this point:  No problem is too stubborn for his authority.

29 As soon as they left the synagogue, they went with James and John to the home of Simon and Andrew. 30 Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they immediately told Jesus about her. 31 So he went to her, took her hand and helped her up. The fever left her and she began to wait on them. read more

Where’s The Beef

On Wednesday night our Children’s Ministry Team hosted a drive through Hamburger Project.

Huh?

We offered prayer, resources, gift bags, hamburger coupons and, most of all, an opportunity for children and their families to make eye contact with Good Shepherd leadership.  Ryan Gordon and Brooke Presley, aka Ketchup & Mustard, provided the leadership the fun. read more

Preaching For DECISION While Remembering MOTIVATION

As thrilling as it is to ensure that at least a moment in every sermon points to Christ and him crucified, it is even moreso when sermons issue an urgent yet loving appeal to surrender to his Lordship. Doing this well involves doing it with variety. It includes recognizing that people come in with very different understanding of their own needs. read more

Top Five Tuesday (Cinco De Mayo Version!) — Top Five Stages Of Sermon Development

You’ve heard of the five stages of grief?  Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance?

Or on a lighter note, the Five Love Languages?  Acts Of Service, Words Of Affirmation, Gifts, Quality Time, and physical touch?

So those cinco-centric lists got me thinking: are there five stages of preparing a Sunday sermon? read more

“No Problem” Week 2 — The “Big Problem” Sermon Rewind

Yesterday’s message …

  • Dug a bit deeper into the short story from Mark 1 that is our basis for the entire “No Problem” series;
  • Acknowledged that some people actually like their problems and derive their identity from them;
  • Led to an opportunity to say Yes to Jesus, even with a text message option;
  • Had this point:  No problem is too big for his ability.

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So last week we talked about Small Problems as the NO PROBLEM series started, and this week, as you can tell by the title of the message, it’s about Big Problems. And do you know what the primary difference is between small problems and big problems? A small problem is the one that SOMEONE ELSE has and a big problem is when YOU HAVE THE EXACT SAME THING. Kinda like “minor surgery” is the surgery happening on the other guy; anything happening to you and on you is major surgery indeed. read more

Losing My Voice. And Finding It Again.

One time I lost my voice.

Here’s how I found it again.

There was a season in the life of Good Shepherd, stretching from, say 2007 – 2010, in which I had learned the technique of a one point sermon. So that was progress. However, during that same time I had become enamored with another, larger church from a different part of the country … what I have earlier called a “church crush.” That church’s signature strategy involved harnessing the power of pop culture to communicate the Gospel, and so it developed sermon series that were trendy, relevant, and, most of all, cool. read more

Turns Out You CAN Come Home Again …

Here’s our son Riley Davis and his wife Natalie enjoying ice cream on the recently re-opened streets of Prague, Czech Republic.

They have been stationed there since last summer, working on behalf of Cru (formerly known as Campus Crusade For Christ) with college students in that historic city.

The good news is that when their assignment ends in mid-summer, they will return to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where Riley was recently named the Director of Cru Ministries.  Natalie will continue to work for Cru as well, often managing to put skin and bones on Riley’s spontaneous ideas. read more

Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Rolling Stones Songs

Last week the Rolling Stones released an extraordinary song inspired by the Coronavirus Pandemic:  Living In A Ghost Town.  It’s a little bit of “Miss You,” a little more of “Shattered,” and a little most of “Your Love Is Strong” all rolled into one.  Check it out: read more

No Problem, Week One — The “Small Problem” Sermon Rewind

Yesterday’s message …

  • Launched a series inspired by Professor Joseph Okello of Asbury Seminary with whom I had a lively interaction about “points” preaching or “pointed” preaching back in October of 2019;
  • Leaned heavily on the pacing of the early sections of Mark’s Gospel;
  • Led to an invitation for prayer requests via Facebook Live and the Good Shepherd website;
  • Landed at this bottom line: No problem is too small for his attention.

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Sometimes in thinking about the bible and Jesus and faith, I find it very helpful to consider what the bible DOESN’T say and what Jesus DIDN’T do. Looking at it that way highlights even better what he DID say and what he DOES do. Some easy ones (AV). Like the bible doesn’t say FOR GOD SO LIKED THE WORLD, does it? Loves the world. It doesn’t say THE LORD IS MY SHEETROCKER, does it. Shepherd. It doesn’t say I HAVE COME IN ORDER THAT YOU MAY HAVE LIFE AND HAVE IT MORE AVERAGELY, does it? Abundantly. read more

“No Problem” Series Begins With “Small Problem”

“No problem.”

We hear it from the lips of friends who assure us we’re not a bother.

We hear it from the lips of customers who assure us they’ll wait.

We hear it from the lips of vacationers who assure us the laid back lifestyle really is the best.

We even say it to others to assure THEM that they have our forgiveness, our attention, and our patience. read more