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David Tarkington
Orange Park, FL
Lead Pastor at firstFAMILY Church
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So Paul, standing in the midst of the Areopagus, said: “Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious. For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at davidtarkington.com
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A few years ago, in one of our network's church planter assessment meetings, my wife and I served as coaches and assessors as we have done for years. At times, we meet men who are wrestling with the call into... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at davidtarkington.com
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The Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting concluded yesterday with quite a bit of public media attention and continued talk of what is next in the SBC. Steve Gaines, Pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, Tennessee was reelected for a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2017 at davidtarkington.com
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The 2017 Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting has ended. The second day of our annual gathering traditionally has welcomed less-than large crowds following lunch. In recent years, required business, for the most part, was completed during Tuesday gatherings. Wednesday has... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at davidtarkington.com
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I am currently in Phoenix, Arizona for our denomination's (Southern Baptist Convention) annual meeting. I am serving as a messenger (a representative) from my church (First Baptist Church of Orange Park, FL.) This is not the first annual meeting I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at davidtarkington.com
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While most of America was watching, or at least aware, of the Senate hearing last week featuring former FBI Director James Comey, there was another hearing taking place in Washington DC that flew under the radar for the most part.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at davidtarkington.com
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While I do not pretend to be up-to-date on all the latest software and hardware features available today, I do try to find best uses for some of the more prevalent ones. On a recent post on Thom Rainer's blog... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2017 at davidtarkington.com
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In a culture that seeks to be spiritual, but not religious (which ultimately is impossible) a certain version of religiosity has developed over the years. In the early 2000s, researcher Christian Smith surveyed adolescents in the United States of various... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2017 at davidtarkington.com
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Students are putting on ill-fitting mortarboards and unattractive robes as symbols of accomplishment throughout our nation. It is that time of year where high school students receive their diplomas and college and university students are honored with their degrees. Commencement... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2017 at davidtarkington.com
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Here in the South, the previously known "Bible Belt," many local schools and youth sports leagues used to avoid scheduling games and practices on Wednesday evenings. Some leagues and schools still avoid this day for sports. For those who live... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2017 at davidtarkington.com
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It seems that as pastors and ministry leaders we continually find a full calendar of events and "opportunities" for those in our church. All this is good, because the ultimate goal is to reach more people for Christ and to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2017 at davidtarkington.com
It's easy to poke holes in the false "prosperity gospel" that permeates our church culture with "name it and claim it" promises, while taking advantage of the generosity of undiscerning parishioners and television viewers. Yet, there is another false gospel... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2017 at davidtarkington.com
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By now, many in our community know we're launching a new campus of our church in the community known as Fleming Island (yeah, we know...it's not really an island.) When those in our launch team and others in the church... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2017 at davidtarkington.com
David Tarkington added a favorite at Pastor Ricky Powell
Apr 6, 2017
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It seems that we are addressing issues that were never even thought of prior to our current era. While the nuances may be unique, the truth remains. There truly is "nothing new under the sun." We are almost two years... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2017 at davidtarkington.com
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Ashley O'Brien has been active in church her entire life, raised in a pastor's family and now serving on the Leadership Team of firstFAMILY (FBC Orange Park) as Director of Social Media _______________________________ I genuinely get excited when someone surrenders... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2017 at davidtarkington.com
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The Prosperity Gospel As Baptists and Bible-believing evangelicals, the lies of the prosperity gospel are easily identified. This "name it and claim it" theological version of the gospel that lives somewhere at the far-end of DirecTV and on late-night television... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at davidtarkington.com
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As I reflect back to my life growing up in a Baptist church, I am amazed now at some of the things we did that just seem so wrong nowadays (and to be honest, they were likely wrong then as... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2017 at davidtarkington.com
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The lack of creativity in Hollywood has been spoken of in various venues over recent years. While it may not be waning creativity on the part of the filmmakers and artists, it does not take long to realize that remakes,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2017 at davidtarkington.com
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For the past few years, church leaders and evangelicals have been lamenting the loss of younger people in the church. While some new church starts and mega-box churches have seen growth in seeming success in reaching the younger generation, the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2017 at davidtarkington.com
David Tarkington added a favorite at Pastor Ricky Powell
Feb 14, 2017
David Tarkington added a favorite at Pastor Ricky Powell
Feb 14, 2017
We are seeing over 900 churches close down annually in the SBC. The numbers are daunting and cannot be ignored. Yet, the question remains "What should be done?" The truth is that some churches need to close. They forsook their... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2017 at davidtarkington.com
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Last year's election cycle revealed what many of us already knew - echo chambers exist and it's easier to see that others live within them and difficult to acknowledge when we do. What is an "echo chamber?" The practical definition... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2017 at davidtarkington.com
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Local news for the past few days in Jacksonville, Florida has featured stories centered upon the Jacksonville City Council and the Human Rights Ordinance proposal before the city. This is not the first time the ordinance has been presented and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2017 at davidtarkington.com