Dave Talley

A Story of Genesis 11: “And He Walked West”

By Dave Talley May. 23, 2017 9:00 a.m. Old Testament

Everyone loves a story. I think that is one of the reasons the Old Testament is primarily a story. However, many of the stories of the Old Testament often lack the kind of details that help you understand the characters. A good practice for you is to think through certain stories of the Old Testament and seek to create some depth to the characters. Of course, you have take some freedom and read between the lines, but it can be a lot of fun and very enriching to you and others. It can also serve as a discussion starter. I am offering you one such story based on Genesis 11. I simply try to draw the reader further into what it was like to be a character in the story. Happy reading ...

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The Baker Book of Bible Charts, Maps, and Timelines: An Interview with Jack Beck

By Dave Talley Apr. 19, 2017 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation

There are many helpful resources for those who want to engage the Bible on a deeper level. The big question is how to know which resources might be the most helpful. Periodically, I encounter resources that I think distinguish themselves from the myriad of available options. It is a safe bet that a resource book on Bible charts, maps, and timelines will not hit the bestseller list. However, Jack Beck’s The Baker Book of Bible Charts, Maps, and Timelines has recently been published, and I think it will benefit Christians, pastors, and scholars, who want to engage the Bible more deeply. I have reached out to Jack and asked him to answer a few questions that might help you in understanding the purposes behind this new book ...

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The Worship Pastor: An Interview with Zac Hicks

By Dave Talley Feb. 22, 2017 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Ministry and Leadership

Recently, I learned of a book, and for some reason I felt like I knew the author. So I did some searching and found the website for the church where the author now serves. His bio confirmed the connection. He had graduated from Biola University with a B.A. in Music in 2002 . Since the town I call home (Birmingham, Alabama) is where his church is located, I decided to pick up the book, flip through it, and then get together with him so I could congratulate him on his book. For no particular reason, I was not really expecting to benefit from reading the book. My goal was simply to be an encouragement to one of our graduates.

But I did not just flip through the book. I found myself reading each chapter closely because this book was thoughtful, well-written, informative, and full of wise and reflective teaching ...

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The Six “R”s of Prayer

By Dave Talley Dec. 9, 2016 12:00 p.m. Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation

I have grown in prayer through the years, although there have been numerous ups and downs. As a result, there are certain practices that have helped me. I want to share one of them with you today, and perhaps add another in a later blog post ...

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An Explanation of Advent Candles

By Dave Talley Nov. 28, 2016 10:10 a.m. Culture, Marriage and Family

Do you like the idea of Advent candles, but you are confused about how to approach this family time? One of the biggest difficulties in our home through the years has been to find an advent candle reading plan that fit our family. We bought many books, searched websites, and listened to the ideas of others. Eventually, I made my own. I think that the following is a compilation of many resources, but it is what we have used to celebrate advent through the years. It is good for young and old alike, and I believe that it crystallizes the advent story.

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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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