Some Things I Miss About Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

As we prepare to head home tomorrow, I have been thinking of those things I miss about life in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.Not people, mind you, as I don't want this to slide into sentimentality.  Let's just assume I miss home family and church family...

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Guest Blog From Bhubaneswar — Brent Burdick

Brent Burdick here as Talbot wanted me to guest blog for him today.  That, and the fact that he is too technologically inept to upload my photos!  Anyway, this is the church I preached at while Talbot was preaching in Raikia. The church building was burned...

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Guaranteed Instability

United Methodist circles have been abuzz over the last eighteen months or so regarding the topic of guaranteed appointment.For those of you unfamiliar with our lingo, guaranteed appointment is the United Methodist practice that for all practical purposes grants...

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Preaching At Good Shepherd & Preaching At Raikia

PREACHING AT GOOD SHEPHERD AND PREACHING AT RAIKIAOn Sunday I preached at the Raikia Baptist Church, a congregation of 350 or so located in heart of the Kandhamal District in the state of Odisha here in India.(It is enough of a miracle that I have any internet...

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Teaching The Arrested

The best moment of today's teaching at the Orissa Follow-Up Ministry didn't come while I was teaching.It came in a conversation with six different pastors who all shared one thing in common.They'd all been arrested.For preaching the Gospel. Some were incarcerated for...

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Passage In India

As I write this, it's Wednesday night, India time, and Wednesday morning, US time.In other words, I've already been where you are right now.It's the way time works.Our team of James-Michael Smith, Brent Burdick, and I, along with host P.R. Misra, spent our first day...

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What I Have In Common With Bruce Springsteen

As you can see under the "Books I Like" heading, I recently read Peter Ames Carlin's new biography of Bruce Springsteen.And in reading it, I discovered something I share in common with him.Not guitar talent.Not singing voice.Not ability to write lyrics.Not...

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Who ARE These Guys?

To my right is James-Michael Smith.To my left is Brent Burdick.As you read this, we are somewhere over Asia, flying into Delhi, India.From there, we are headed to the state of Odisha, the city of Bhubaneswar, and then the regions of Balasore and Kandhamal.It's my...

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Constant Contact, Week 4 — Alone Again, Naturally

Who can forget the sheer brilliance of Gilbert O'Sullivan?  Well, actually I susspect that most of you can.  Or already have.Nevertheless, he gave me the title for a message.Because as we go deep into Constant Contact, I have a message from the life of...

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