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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Jason Isbell Songs

I am not stuck in the 70s and 80s when it comes to my musical tastes. read more

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ThanksLiving Launch — The “Thunderstruck” Sermon Rewind

Yesterday’s message, which launched the ThanksLiving series, had a couple of goals: read more

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ThanksLiving Launch — “Thunderstruck”

Thanksgiving.  It’s what we do.  We travel, we gather, we pray, we eat, we watch football, we sleep, and then we prepare for Christmas.  It’s the same year after year. read more

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Look Intently At WHAT?!

Think of all the things that get our double takes: read more

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Sing To The King …

Matthew Bates’ Salvation By Allegiance Alone has been a mind-bending, soul-shaping, and preacher-salivating read for me over the last few weeks. read more

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Things About Having A Name Like Talbot. Or About Having The Name Talbot.

One of my earliest memories — say from when I was four or five years old — is the awareness that I have a very unusual first name. read more

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Bringing The Tangible To An Increasingly Intangible World

I still buy books and CDs.  Books you can touch and CDs you place in a player.

My children (28 and 25) consider it almost inconceivable that I buy music in CD format and books in bound format.  To them, music & books are what you download, and I’m wasting time, money, and space by actually going to a store and buying something so . . . tangible. read more

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“I Felt Like A Pastor Today … “

Throughout the years, I have told a number of Good Shepherd staffers that as much as I love planning and preparing sermons as well as leading LifeGroup conversations, there come times when I simply have “to feel like a pastor today.” read more

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Pastoring To Preach Or Preaching To Pastor?

Years ago, I heard a clergy-coaching-type ask a rather provocative question of a group of us: read more

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