The Beyond Experience At Zoar

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text] It's a Methodist Discovery Place, an Art Gallery, a Road Trip, and a Peaceful Retreat all rolled up into one. What is it? It's the Beyond Experience At Zoar Road.... As we prepare to launch a Sunday morning worship...

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Presence Versus Process

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]A colleague of mine at Good Shepherd recently summarized a ministry dilemma in two words:  presence vs. process. My friend correctly observed that I place an extraordinarily high value on the ministry of presence -- that I personally...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Songs I Forgot I Liked

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]You've probably had this experience: you're driving down the road and a song comes on either the radio or you iPod and you realize, "Oh, I haven't heard that song in forever and I forgot how much I like it."   It's a song you...

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New Week, New Look

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]If you come to this space regularly, you'll notice that www.talbotdavis.blogspot.com has become www.talbotdavis.com and the design of the page has been considerably modernized. Why? Well, I'd had the previous design uninterrupted...

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#TBT — Tennis In Fiji, 1976

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Date:  May, 1976 Place: Fiji Islands Player:  Me Age: 14 Racket:  Spalding La Vitesse Court Surface: Grass Footwork:  Absent How in the world did I get to Fiji and on a grass tennis court? Well, in January of 1976, when I was in...

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How A Reluctant Mentor Learns To Be An Adequate Leader

If you've read this space before, you know that I have made confessions like:I'm better at leading the congregation than I am at leading the staff; orI'm a disciplined person but not a very disciplined leader; orI'm better at dealing with one or with 2,000 than I am...

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The Beyond Now Sermon

Below is yesterday's sermon involving hand motions, focusing on the generations, and confessing to my own therapeutic need to deal with balls bouncing in church:   I’m going to do a few hand motions and I want you to do them with me, OK? This is not like Sweatin’...

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Beyond, Week 2 — Beyond Now

Just think of all the phrases in our lives that focus on the now. "Right this minute."   "I need this ASAP!"   "Right now!"   "This instant."   "Stay in the moment."   On and on it goes. But what if all the focus on now, today, this moment prevented us from seeing...

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