Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Fleetwood Mac Songs

On the day after #Eclipse2017, how could I do any except pay brief tribute to a band with a song called Sisters Of The Moon?

For the sake of clarity:  when Fleetwood Mac had its peak popularity with its Rumours album, I was hesitant to like it very much for fear it would detract from the Eagles’ Hotel California. read more

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Hell Or High Water, Week 3 — The “Who The . . . ?” Sermon Rewind

Yesterday’s message …

  • Was an example of “biblical theology” in that it took a tour of several places in the biblical library;
  • Suggested that perhaps we shouldn’t ask, “who goes to hell?” but instead, gulp, “who DOESN’T?”
  • Landed at this bottom line in answering “who the?”:  Every ONE who gets what EVERYONE deserves.

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Years ago now, 1971 in fact, in the Cotton Bowl stadium deep in the heart of Dallas, TX, the U of T was playing Notre Dame in college football.  It was an enormously important game, with National Championship implications, and the UT fans were there, dressed in their burnt orange, waving their cowbells (More Cowbell!), and holding up their “Hook Em Horns” signs (AV).  One fan in particular was particularly enthusiastic.  He happened to be sitting behind a row of nuns dressed in their habits, including their very large, the Flying Nun style “hats.”  Because, after all, ND is a Roman Catholic institution.  As it turned out, ND was winning in this particular game in pretty convincing fashion.  And for every good ND play, the row of nuns would jump up & down and celebrate in most un-nun-like fashion. read more

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Hell Or High Water, Week 3 — “Who The . . . ?”

So far in Hell Or High Water, we’ve seen that . . .

Hell is that awful, final, forever realm in which too late comes too early (that’s the WHAT); and

The well-deserved wrath of God will stand forever in vivid contrast to the undeserved favor of God (that’s the WHY);

but now, perhaps the most important question of them all:  WHO? read more

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Revive Us Again

Here I am with Danny Miller, pastor of Bethesda United Methodist Church near Lexington, NC.

I spent the last four nights preaching at Bethesda’s annual Revival Series.

Along the way, I gave the people a sneak preview of material from Crash Test Dummies and prompted a number of them to pick up their own copies of The Storm Before The Calm, Head Scratchers, Solve, and The Shadow Of A Doubt. read more

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What? A NEW TalbotDavis.Com?

Yep.  It’s new.

Some new photos, easier navigation, ministry highlights, books, more books, and soon a place to access recent messages from Good Shepherd.  We wanted to update it in preparation for the September release of Crash Test Dummies. It looks something like this:

Check it out at the page that hosts this blog, www.talbotdavis.com read more

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Random Thoughts On A Day At The PGA

I spent Friday morning tooling around the PGA Championships with both my wife Julie and my father-in-law Ted.

It’s an annual tradition, developed first at the Wachovia, then at the Quail Hollow, and ultimately at the Wells Fargo. This year, of course, “the” course was used for the PGA, golf’s final major championship of the year. read more

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Hell Or High Water, Week 2 — The “Why The . . . ?” Sermon Rewind

Week 2 of Hell Or High Water.

Whew!

Recognizing that our status as relatively comfortable Christians makes us ask very different questions than the persecuted believers asked in Thessalonica, the message landed here:

The well-deserved wrath of God will stand forever in vivid contrast to the undeserved favor of God. read more

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Hell Or High Water, Week 2 — Why The … ?

Hell Or High Water got off to an excellent start last week.

Minds were opened, hearts were softened, and, praise God, souls were saved.

There’s more of the same this week, I believe.

Why The … ? is a message that asks “why in the world would there be such a realm at all?  Why would God establish or allow or tolerate a domain in which too late comes too early?” read more

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Our God Is An Emotionally Secure God (It Doesn’t Have QUITE The Ring Of “Awesome God” But Hey …)

Many of you have heard of Gideon because his name is on the cover of every hotel room bible you’ve ever seen.

But the Gideon inside the pages of the bible is more interesting than the one on the cover.

And the inside Gideon found himself bargaining with God in Judges 6.  His nation is overrun by the invading Midianites and he hears a summons to action.  To say that he balked is an understatement.  Here’s what happened: read more

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How God Answers The Worst Prayer In The Bible

In I Kings 19:4-5, in the aftermath of a roller coaster season of spectacular success and stunning betrayal, the prophet Elijah prays this prayer:

‘Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.’ Then he lay down under the bush and fell asleep.”

It’s the worst prayer in the bible.  It’s a suicide prayer. read more

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