Dave Talley

Engaging in Gospel-Focused Competition

By Dave Talley Jun. 13, 2016 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Spiritual Formation

A few years ago, I was playing basketball with a friend, but it was very different from the way most people play basketball. We called it “Basketball Heaven Style.” We had certain unusual rules ...

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What Does It Mean to Be a Disciple and to Disciple Others?

By Dave Talley May. 9, 2016 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Evangelism, Ministry and Leadership, New Testament, Spiritual Formation

I have been studying discipleship lately so that I can become more intentional in “finishing my course,” to use the words of Paul. There is much written about it, but I am offering my own definition so that it might help you in your own journey of being faithful. First, I want to begin by simply showing you the different aspects of my definition, presented in an organized flow ...

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Grieving the Loss of a Loved One Who Was Mentally Ill

By Dave Talley Apr. 9, 2016 9:00 a.m. Evangelism, Marriage and Family, New Testament

I have a friend who was diagnosed as schizophrenic and delusional. He suffered for over 5 years with this illness, and during this time people tried desperately to come alongside of him and “help him change.” All of them experienced failure in their attempts. Those years were sad and difficult for family and friends. He recently committed suicide, and we are grieving his loss.

As a result of his illness, my friend did not always treat people properly. He left his family. He lost his job. He spent his entire life savings, including his children’s college funds. The family lost their home, and his wife did her best to keep the family together. He did not walk his daughter down the aisle or even attend her wedding. He missed birthdays, his anniversary, and Mother’s/Father’s Days. Obviously, there was much pain. And there was anger. And often this anger was expressed toward my friend ...

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Ministering to the Mentally Ill

By Dave Talley Feb. 17, 2016 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Marriage and Family, Ministry and Leadership, Old Testament

When was the last time you considered the mentally ill or, even much less, ministry to the mentally ill?

I have been remembering a good friend. He was my best friend during my freshman year in college. Our rooms were in the same suite in our dorm. We shared a bathroom. We took the same classes. We sat next to one another in chapel because my last name followed his alphabetically. We were on the basketball team. As point guard, I fed him the ball, and, as shooting guard, he made the shot. What a team we were! He introduced me to my wife. We double-dated numerous times. He was the best man in my wedding. We vacationed together as families through the years. We saw one another on at least a yearly basis, our friendship always picking up like we had just seen one another the week before. We shared something special ...

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Grace, Grace, God's Grace

By Dave Talley Jan. 18, 2016 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Old Testament, Spiritual Formation, Theology

... Grace is a concept that we have fully received, but one that we will never fully comprehend. Throughout all of eternity we will be “grow(ing) in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18). Our worship and praise of the One who has bestowed grace on us will only increase, ever and always … there will be no end of our awe ...


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Hidden Sins, Part Two

By Dave Talley Jan. 11, 2016 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Spiritual Formation

This article builds on “Hidden Sins, Part One,” which was written previously (August 24, 2012). I forgot to post Part Two, so here it is. The next question to be asked is: What are the results of “hidden sins”, and what can we do about it?

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“Baby” Jesus

By Dave Talley Dec. 23, 2015 9:00 a.m. New Testament, Theology

I love advent season. Every year at our church we have a sermon series focused on advent during the five weeks leading up to Christmas day. It is always a joyous celebration. This year our focus is on John 1:1-18 ...

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