The World’s Worst Question To Ask In #BibleStudy

Something about this image strangely warms the heart of those of us involved in leading, attending, or even supplying curricula for bible study: With bibles open, group members sit in circles & not rows, and share their lives together through encounters with...

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That Time I Got Prayed For By A Roomful Of Students …

This is one of my new favorite photos of all time:   Where?  When? Why? In the Living Room at Good Shepherd. Last Sunday night, at the conclusion of an "Ask Talbot Any Question You Want About Life, Faith, Scripture, and Culture" event. Because we have an anointed...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Breakup Songs

Late last week, as the song that's going to finish #1 on this list came on the radio, I thought, "Now THERE'S a Top Five Subject! Best Breakup Songs!" Blessedly, I don't have a lot of personal experience, having not dated a whole lot in high school and then staying...

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#FreshStart, Week 2 — The “Fresh StartS” Sermon Rewind

Yesterday's message ... Came from Lamentations.   Yes!  Lamentations! Was inspired by my many recovery friends; Led to a bottom line with a -- non-sexual -- double entendre:  Mercy beats you up. --------------------------------------------------------------------- So...

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Talkin’ Bout My Generation

At a recent Young Adult LifeGroup, a newleywed-ish couple shared an insightful answer to the question: "When, if ever, have you felt the power of 'fellowship' and what it means to be part of the Body of Christ." And the young couple answered, "When Ron & Eleanor...

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Why Is This Guy So Happy?

Because he just signed a contract for a sixth book with Abingdon Press, that's why. Come again? That's right.  After a few months of dreaming, praying, proposing, writing, and praying some more, I got the word last week that Abingdon will turn my preaching workshop...

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Fresh Start, Week 1 — The Freshest Start Sermon Rewind

We started the Fresh Start series with a series that focused on the signature New Testament verse about new beginnings, 2 Corinthians 5:17: Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:[a] The old has gone, the new is here!     The challenge,...

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Fresh Start Launch: “The Freshest Start”

Fresh Start  Sometimes you just want to start over.  Other times you want to begin again.  Still others you long for a re-set. Whatever you call it, most of us go through seasons in life where we want … no, we need … a fresh start. That’s what August is about at Good...

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#TBT — Kalamazoo, Michigan, August 1978

If it's early August, that means that the best junior tennis players in the USA have converged on Kalamazoo, Michigan for the US National Boys' 18 and Boys' 16 and Under Championships. Which takes me back forty years ago to when I was seeded 13th in the Boys' 16...

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