This is David Tarkington's Typepad Profile.
Join Typepad and start following David Tarkington's activity
Join Now!
Already a member? Sign In
David Tarkington
Orange Park, FL
Lead Pastor of First Baptist Church of Orange Park & the First Family Network
Recent Activity
Image
Every summer, messengers from Southern Baptist churches throughout the world gather in predetermined cities for our annual meeting. This year it will be in Dallas, Texas in June. For those outside the SBC tribe, this is basically a two-day business... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2018 at davidtarkington.com
Image
When Matt Chandler, Pastor of The Village Church, spoke at the MLK50 Conference in Memphis, Tennessee, he asked this question... "What kind of white people come to a conference like this? That wasn't a joke. I don't know why you... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2018 at davidtarkington.com
Image
After leading five trips to Israel, spending time with and having deeply meaningful conversations with Jewish friends, learned teachers, guides, and theologians, I acknowledge that most Christians (myself included) have much to learn regarding Jewish traditions and the Hebrew roots... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2018 at davidtarkington.com
Image
Laura M. Holson recently (March 17, 2018) wrote an article about a young, large, fast-growing church in southern California for The New York Times. Dr. Albert Mohler referenced the article and church in his podcast The Briefing, posted on March... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2018 at davidtarkington.com
Image
I have been leading our church through a study of Ezra and Nehemiah on Wednesdays recently. We have discussed much about the rebuilding of the Temple and walls of Jerusalem. We looked at the significance of rebuilding these structures and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2018 at davidtarkington.com
Image
Among western, and especially American evangelical churches, a sense of territorialism has been a reality for as long as I can remember. "Church A" has been in a community for a while. "Church B" exists in a neighboring community. A... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2018 at davidtarkington.com
Image
Today, I led our MidPoint Bible Study through the last two chapters of Ezra. I won't take the time to dissect all that is in these powerful chapters focused on a people's repentance, but will address the primary sin of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2018 at davidtarkington.com
Image
It's Monday and for pastors out there reading this, I want to remind you "Never resign on a Monday." Sundays are big days for pastors. Days of preparation, even if to the average church attender, every Sunday feels like every... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2018 at davidtarkington.com
Image
Each month, I gather with a group of friends, some Christians, others not, at a local comic book shop to discuss the connection between stories, theology, and culture. We call our gatherings CHAT (Costumed Heroes and Theology) and the open... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2018 at davidtarkington.com
Image
We live in an era of quick fix methodology in life. The church is not immune to this. As statistics for the American church continue to show decreases in baptisms and consistent attendance, many long-time local churches now find themselves... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2018 at davidtarkington.com
Image
In 1926, the second week in February was declared "Negro History Week" by historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. Why February? Why the second week? The week was chosen based on... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2018 at davidtarkington.com
Image
It has been said that the world is shrinking. With the propagation of 24-hour news channels and the growth of social media, events taking place on the other side of the world (like the Olympics) are viewed in real-time. What... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2018 at davidtarkington.com
Image
I came to serve on pastoral staff at First Baptist Church of Orange Park in 1994. Our senior pastor, Allen Harrod saw something in me that led the church to say "yes" when the time came to call a new... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2018 at davidtarkington.com
Image
Well, I know the title of this post may draw some attention (and that's the intention) but to be honest, this was the very naive question that I had almost thirty years ago when I was interning at a Fortune... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2018 at davidtarkington.com
Image
I have the honor of serving with and leading numerous young pastors and church planters. These men have a passion for God and a heart for the gospel. Yet, there are those moments when pastoral expectations and responsibilities are thrust... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2018 at davidtarkington.com
Image
A few weeks ago a gentleman came to our Sunday service and afterward shared his desire to know Jesus, follow in believer's baptism and become a member of our fellowship. These moments are always exciting and remind us that God... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2017 at davidtarkington.com
Image
Any long-time church attender in our nation, who has been part of a Sunday School class (or small group, or life group, or home group, or fellowship group, etc.) has likely, at one point, experienced "prayer request time." Now, I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2017 at davidtarkington.com
Image
I have served in pastoral ministry for almost thirty years. When I surrendered to God's calling as a pastor, I began counting down the months until graduation at the university I was attending. I knew, immediately, that seminary was my... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2017 at davidtarkington.com
Image
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where there just wasn't anything to talk about? For some, the answer is a resounding NO, because there always seems to be something to talk about, right? The weather, your fantasy team,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2017 at davidtarkington.com
Image
Last Sunday as we continued our sermon series through the Gospel of Matthew, we focused on Matthew 19:1-12. The issue of divorce is something that is often tip-toed around in the church, for fear of offending someone or eliminating leadership... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2017 at davidtarkington.com
Image
As a pastor, I have the privilege and honor of standing before couples and presiding over services that unite them as husband and wife in holy matrimony. Over the years, I have learned some things about weddings and marriage. Many... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2017 at davidtarkington.com
Image
I have been preaching through Matthew's gospel account and recently I shared of Jesus' instructions regarding the lost sheep and how the shepherd leaves the ninety-nine in the flock who are safe to go find the one that is lost.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2017 at davidtarkington.com
Image
I received this email from a member of our church yesterday. I asked permission to share the information in this blog post, believing it may be helpful to others who have felt alone, empty, and forgotten, not to mention those... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2017 at davidtarkington.com
Image
For the past week, it seems that every news report, trending topic, and entertainment update has been about the fall of Harvey Weinstein. Weinstein, along with his brother Bob, founded Miramax and the Weinstein Company. The multi-millionaire entertainment mogul has... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2017 at davidtarkington.com
Image
A few days ago, I posted an article intended for other pastors and church leaders. The article was titled "People Will Leave Your Church - And It Hurts Every Time." It drew a few more clicks than other articles I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2017 at davidtarkington.com