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David Tarkington
Orange Park, FL
Lead Pastor at firstFAMILY Church
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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 3 days ago 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
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I have been teaching on Wednesday evenings this month on biblical forgiveness. You'd think this would be a basic study, but I'm discovering how many Christians and those, like me, who have been raised in churched families have missed some... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2017 at davidtarkington.com
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Internet and Email scammers have been around for years now and unfortunately, many have lost money and some have been "catfished" through the process. It makes for interesting stories on news programs and talk shows. Photo credit: BioDivLibrary via Visual... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2017 at davidtarkington.com
What happened to all the youth pastors? I was asked that question a while back and one answer given was "They're all church planters now." I'm being facetious, but in this podcast I address the historical growth of student/youth ministry... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2017 at davidtarkington.com
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What is the difference between a campus plant and a church plant? What is best? To plant a campus or new church? We've been talking about both for years and yet, it is clear that the differences are not fully... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2017 at davidtarkington.com
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When it comes to the calling to ministry, the church seems to struggle, though not overtly with the concept. Whether it be in service to God through the local church as a deacon, elder, minister or pastor or as a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2017 at davidtarkington.com
It seems that everyone was posting that 2016 was the year to survive as we neared December 31. The seemingly high number of celebrity deaths played into this sentiment. Why is it so many Gen Xers and older adults were... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2017 at davidtarkington.com
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This year has been...different, it seems. While there truly is nothing new under the sun (Ecc 1:9) this year has been chock-full of strange, somewhat surprising, and shocking news stories. The advent and immediacy of social media pushes news (real... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2016 at davidtarkington.com
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Like most churches, we order curriculum items to help us as we teach the Bible in small groups across the generations. We order material every quarter and, like many churches we often have left over or "gently-used" material at the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2016 at davidtarkington.com
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Much has been reported over the past few years regarding police officers, race, violence, justice, and injustice. To discount the issues facing our nation and especially those in the black community would be not only a disservice to a significant... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2016 at davidtarkington.com
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A number of weeks ago a good friend and pastor, Dres Lavanderos contacted me regarding the possibility of bringing a sister church under our wing for a season for the purpose of revitalization. Church Planting We believe in church planting... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2016 at davidtarkington.com