Fresh Start, Week 3 — Fresh Water Sunday

We've had The Freshest Start. And then Fresh StartS. Then, this Sunday, it's Fresh Water Sunday. I believe we're going to see a whole lot of this: Will you prepare for this celebration by reading Acts 8:26-40?  And then prepare even more by praying it will not be...

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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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