“Telling About” Vs. “Giving An Experience Of”

In my early years of ministry I came across a preaching book by John Mason Stapleton called Preaching In Demonstration Of The Spirit And Power.  Not the catchiest title, but it does come straight from I Corinthians 2:4. Anyway, in that book, Stapleton goes to...

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#TBT — Nov. 14, 1982

Here it is: a photo from Spelman Hall on the campus of Princeton University on November 14, 1982. My 21st birthday. Julie had thrown a surprise party for me. I remember opening the door to her door and being greeted with the sights and sounds of tennis teammates,...

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Work On Your Weaknesses Or Strengthen Your Strengths?

Many of you might remember Billie Jean King, a tennis heroine of yesteryear who won Wimbledon six times while also beating Bobby Riggs in 1973's "Battle Of The Sexes." What you may not know is that for all her accomplishments on court, King had a notoriously poor...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Dawes Songs

I admit it: I have been on a Dawes binge. Who -- or what -- is Dawes? A 21st century band, with a sound that echoes the Eagles, the Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan, Jackson Browne, Neil Young, and even, improbably, Big Tent Revival. A modern band with a lyrical...

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When You’re Wondering If You’re Making A Difference

One of our relatively new volunteer leaders got a job in another state recently, and moved there with his family. It happens a lot. Then on Wednesday, I got this series of messages from him: Hey Talbot hope all is well! We have been here for a couple months and...

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When A Creature Of Habit Goes Spontaneous

My Tuesdays are fairly predictable: they start early in the office with prayer and meetings and sermon prep and meetings, and then I leave around 5 to work out at the Y, and then back home for a quick dinner and sermon prep. Julie travels most Tuesday, so I have this...

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