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David Tarkington
Orange Park, FL
Lead Pastor at firstFAMILY Church
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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 4 days ago at davidtarkington.com
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Feb 14, 2017
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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
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Last week, as we celebrated Thanksgiving with family and those in our community, I was once again reminded of the strangeness this week now holds. On Thursday (Thanksgiving) people gather with friends and family and pause to reflect on how... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2016 at davidtarkington.com
The four connections are our church's prescription for healthy Christians. However, this seems to be shocking to many who have never broken out of the traditional expectations and schedules of local church life. Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2016 at davidtarkington.com
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A number of years ago I led our church t... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2016 at davidtarkington.com
It's the day after the election. Welcome to Bizarro World! What does this mean for the the church, race relations, the future, and American Christians? Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2016 at davidtarkington.com
Recorded November 3, 2016 The Cubs won the World Series last night in amazing fashion. Why is it so many of us love the underdog (BTW - it's hard to call a 100+ win team an underdog, but the Cubs... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2016 at davidtarkington.com
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It's the most popular Bible verse for American Christians during election year. The verse is found in the Old Testament and centered on God's people and the building of his temple by Solomon. While the context is clearly for the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2016 at davidtarkington.com
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I'm seeing postings on the web and am actually getting postcards and mailings from churches promoting church and community-wide prayer gatherings. Most of these are tagged with "Pray for the USA" or "Pray for Our Nation" and are focused on... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2016 at davidtarkington.com
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I have written about this before (here) but the propagation of therapeutic forgiveness among Christians continues to muddy the waters when it comes to to understanding biblical forgiveness. Never in Scripture is there indication that "forgiving oneself" is expected, much... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2016 at davidtarkington.com
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Yesterday I had the opportunity to emcee a panel discussion for the Jacksonville Baptist Association focused on best utilizing technology in the church. To begin the session I shared a list compiled by some of the panel members and attendees... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2016 at davidtarkington.com