Talbot Davis

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Name: Talbot Davis
Date registered: October 23, 2012
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Latest posts

  1. The Heart Of The Matter: Good Shepherd In The Charlotte Observer — December 22, 2014
  2. The Heart Of The Matter: The Charlotte Observer Story On GSUMC Latino Ministries — December 21, 2014
  3. The Heart Of The Matter: The Next Ten Days At Good Shepherd — December 19, 2014
  4. The Heart Of The Matter: A Young Adult’s Reflection On Absolute Truth — December 18, 2014
  5. The Heart Of The Matter: Another Step Towards Full Color — December 17, 2014

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Dec 22 2014

The Heart Of The Matter: Good Shepherd In The Charlotte Observer

Original post at http://talbotdavis.blogspot.com/2014/12/good-shepherd-in-charlotte-observer.html


This story was in the Sunday morning edition of the Charlotte Observer, courtesy of correspondent Marty Minchin:

Good Shepherd Church’s Latino ministry has progressed far from the days of Latino parishioners listening to sermons translated to Spanish through special headphones.
Ten years ago, senior Pastor Talbot Davis’ father-in-law served as the church’s sole translator at the church’s 11:30 a.m. service, speaking the sermon in Spanish in real time for Spanish speakers in the pews.
This month, Good Shepherd’s Spanish-speaking service, which meets on Sunday mornings across Moss Road from the main church, celebrated its two-year anniversary and the recent increase in average attendance from 60 to more than 100.


  
“We’ve grown, and we’re doing really well,” said Sammy Gonzalez, a student at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary who also serves as pastor of the church’s Latino ministries.
The Latino ministries at Good Shepherd Church, which comprises people from 20 Spanish-speaking countries, includes the Sunday service and an after-school tutoring program at Twin Lakes Estates, a mobile home community in Fort Mill, S.C.
Gonzalez, whose heritage is Puerto Rican, moved to the Charlotte area from Connecticut to attend Gordon-Conwell. He began attending Good Shepherd in 2009 and joined the church staff 18 months later. The Spanish-speaking service, which the church describes as providing the message in the congregants’ “heart language,” began in 2012.
Davis, whose wife is half Puerto-Rican, occasionally has delivered a sermon in Spanish, but Gonzalez primarily speaks on Sundays. He bases his sermons on Davis’ sermons, personalizing and adapting them for the Spanish-speaking group.
It’s important that the Spanish-speaking service not be seen as a separate congregation, Talbot said, so all Sunday services at Good Shepherd deliver the same message.
The church is taking further steps to bring the congregations together, notably building a 17,000-square-foot building adjacent to its current facility where the Spanish-speaking service will meet. It should be open by mid-2016.
The building will be called “The Living Room,” a reflection on the church’s mission to “invite all people into a living relationship with Jesus Christ,” Davis said.
Spanish and English speakers will enter their services through a common lobby.
“It’s a place for living relationships to occur,” Davis said of the new building. “They will be connected to everyone who’s in the English service. We think there’s great possibility for connection and friendship.”
Now, the Spanish-speaking service is held in a former Hollywood Video store. Latino parents must check their children in the children’s ministry at the main building, then cross Moss Road, which can be busy on Sunday mornings.
Gonzalez said the new building will give the Spanish- and English-speaking churches a sense of being one church.
The Living Room will seat several hundred people, and church leaders hope that the Spanish-speaking service will continue to grow.
Its new ministry in Twin Lakes Estates is connecting the church with more Latino people. The church rents a mobile home in the community, and twice a week volunteers help Hispanic students who live there with their homework.
Gonzalez said the church wants to be known in the community as a group that cares about people and families and wants to serve them.
“People in this area, they have found something they love and really connect with,” he said.
Marty Minchin is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Marty? Email her at martyminchin@gmail.com.

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Dec 21 2014

The Heart Of The Matter: The Charlotte Observer Story On GSUMC Latino Ministries

Original post at http://talbotdavis.blogspot.com/2014/12/the-charlotte-observer-story-on-gsumc.html






Good Shepherd Church’s Latino ministry has progressed far from the days of Latino parishioners listening to sermons translated to Spanish through special headphones.
Ten years ago, senior Pastor Talbot Davis’ father-in-law served as the church’s sole translator at the church’s 11:30 a.m. service, speaking the sermon in Spanish in real time for Spanish speakers in the pews.
This month, Good Shepherd’s Spanish-speaking service, which meets on Sunday mornings across Moss Road from the main church, celebrated its two-year anniversary and the recent increase in average attendance from 60 to more than 100.
“We’ve grown, and we’re doing really well,” said Sammy Gonzalez, a student at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary who also serves as pastor of the church’s Latino ministries.
The Latino ministries at Good Shepherd Church, which comprises people from 20 Spanish-speaking countries, includes the Sunday service and an after-school tutoring program at Twin Lakes Estates, a mobile home community in Fort Mill, S.C.
Gonzalez, whose heritage is Puerto Rican, moved to the Charlotte area from Connecticut to attend Gordon-Conwell. He began attending Good Shepherd in 2009 and joined the church staff 18 months later. The Spanish-speaking service, which the church describes as providing the message in the congregants’ “heart language,” began in 2012.
Davis, whose wife is half Puerto-Rican, occasionally has delivered a sermon in Spanish, but Gonzalez primarily speaks on Sundays. He bases his sermons on Davis’ sermons, personalizing and adapting them for the Spanish-speaking group.
It’s important that the Spanish-speaking service not be seen as a separate congregation, Talbot said, so all Sunday services at Good Shepherd deliver the same message.
The church is taking further steps to bring the congregations together, notably building a 17,000-square-foot building adjacent to its current facility where the Spanish-speaking service will meet. It should be open by mid-2016.
The building will be called “The Living Room,” a reflection on the church’s mission to “invite all people into a living relationship with Jesus Christ,” Davis said.
Spanish and English speakers will enter their services through a common lobby.
“It’s a place for living relationships to occur,” Davis said of the new building. “They will be connected to everyone who’s in the English service. We think there’s great possibility for connection and friendship.”
Now, the Spanish-speaking service is held in a former Hollywood Video store. Latino parents must check their children in the children’s ministry at the main building, then cross Moss Road, which can be busy on Sunday mornings.
Gonzalez said the new building will give the Spanish- and English-speaking churches a sense of being one church.
The Living Room will seat several hundred people, and church leaders hope that the Spanish-speaking service will continue to grow.
Its new ministry in Twin Lakes Estates is connecting the church with more Latino people. The church rents a mobile home in the community, and twice a week volunteers help Hispanic students who live there with their homework.
Gonzalez said the church wants to be known in the community as a group that cares about people and families and wants to serve them.
“People in this area, they have found something they love and really connect with,” he said.
Marty Minchin is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Marty? Email her at martyminchin@gmail.com.

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Dec 19 2014

The Heart Of The Matter: The Next Ten Days At Good Shepherd

Original post at http://talbotdavis.blogspot.com/2014/12/the-next-ten-days-at-good-shepherd.html



Here's where we are going over the next 10 days at Good Shepherd:

Sunday, December 21 at 8:30, 10, and 11:30
Jingle Jam, a multi-media, multi-sensory, and multi-generational Christmas experience.  Includes a compelling Gospel invitation.  You will not want to miss this!

Wednesday, December 24 at 5:00, 6:30, and 8:00 p.m.
Christmas Eve Candlelight celebration featuring music inspired by Paul Simon, Leonard Cohen, and, well, Jesus himself.  My message that night continues the Baby Invasion series and is called The First Christmas Shoppers.  Come early, get a good seat, and remember the Savior's birth with 2000 of your best friends.  Nuestro servicio de Noche Buena sera a las 5:00 p.m. en el Corner Campus con Pastor Sammy Gonzalez.

Sunday, December 28 at 10:00 and 11:30 ONLY
As is our custom, the final Sunday of the year offers two worship times instead of our regular three.  At 10 and 11:30 we will conclude Baby Invasion with a message called Truth & Consequences.

Then, as 2015 approaches, prepare to go Beyond . . .

 

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Dec 18 2014

The Heart Of The Matter: A Young Adult’s Reflection On Absolute Truth

Original post at http://talbotdavis.blogspot.com/2014/12/a-young-adults-reflection-on-absolute.html


Those who comment on the state of religion in America often remark how truth is relative for emerging generations.  You can read about that here, here, and here.

Yet in contrast to that cultural assumption -- which most of us accept as gospel without much investigation -- I offer you the email below.

A young woman who is part of our church's music team wrote to us about the song This I Believe.  A proud member of the Millenial Generation, she's full of cultural savvy and media awareness -- in other words, she could well be a poster child for the claim truth is relative.

Yet here's what she wrote of her experience while singing the song:

However yesterday, while singing with the choir I was empowered with a new love for it because of how defining and declarative the song is. Just one part of a verse and the chorus make the unique claims that separate Christianity from all other religions of the world. The song makes claims that defeat other major Christian cults and defines Christianity as the one true religion. When I realized this yesterday, I was overcome with new love and appreciation for this song. Yes, I know it's the creed in song form...but it was so much more powerful to me when singing (and declaring) it during worship. These beliefs I'm singing about are the very ones that people died for and they are the very ones that caused great schisms in the Christian faith that resulted in major cultish movements.

I believe in God our Father
I believe in Christ the Son (Mormonism redefines the deity of Christ)
I believe in the Holy Spirit (Scientology and other new-age cults don't acknowledge the Holy Spirit)
Our God is three in one (Jehovah's Witnesses don't believe in the Trinity.)
I believe in the resurrection
That we will rise again
For I believe in the name of Jesus


  
Singing = Defining = Declaring = Separating . . .  separating one truth claim from all others.

That's one of those that applies from generation to generation.

Here's This I Believe, a tune that masterfully engages both mind and heart:













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Dec 17 2014

The Heart Of The Matter: Another Step Towards Full Color

Original post at http://talbotdavis.blogspot.com/2014/12/another-step-towards-full-color.html


As a lot of you know, Good Shepherd opened a different sort of multi-site in the Twin Lakes Mobile Home Community this fall.

Serving a primarily Latino population, our staff and volunteers provide after-school tutoring, snacks, and love.

Anyway, a crew of high impact volunteers just completed this new mural in one of the rooms in our mobile home:


Full on, full color is one of our church's stated values; it provides much of the why behind the what of inviting all people into a living relationship with Jesus Christ.

Because we know that ethnic diversity in the 21st century church is not at all limited to "black" and "white."  It instead includes the "full color" of God's creation gathering together to worship the Lord of life.

We want all of our worship gatherings to be a dress rehearsal for eternity.  And what is happening in eternity?  Revelation 7:9 suggests that it looks like this:

After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.

Full on, full color, now, mobile, and forever.



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Dec 16 2014

The Heart Of The Matter: Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Christmas Presents EVER

Original post at http://talbotdavis.blogspot.com/2014/12/top-five-tuesday-top-five-christmas.html


If you can trace the history of your life through Christmas presents you have received -- the ones that catch you completely by surprise and fill you with wonder and gratitude -- then I have been blessed indeed.

This list is front-loaded a bit . . . but isn't that when Christmas means the most to us anyway?

So here are the five most memorable Christmas gifts I've ever received, from most ancient to most recent.

1.  At six years old, I received a drum set from my older sister.  Because our family was so large (eight children, of whom I am number eight), we drew names. So you only had to buy a gift for that one person.  Names were drawn at Thanksgiving, intrigue and espionage ensued throughout December, and then the big "reveal" on Christmas Eve.  When I was six, my oldest sister Libby -- who was 23 years older than me! -- drew my name and got me the perfect gift.






2.  At seven years old, a football uniform from the same sister.  The next year, unknown to me, Libby drew my name again and gave me an even more perfect gift: my very own football uniform with helmet, pads, and straps.  I still remember that it came in a Hutch box just like this one:


 3.  When I was 14 my mom got me the "World Of Tennis" coffee table book.  I had longed after Richard Schickel's comprehensive pictorial history of the game whenever I saw it at the B. Dalton Bookseller (remember those?) in the local mall.  It was full of tennis lore from the late 1800s until 1974.  I actually thought it was too good to be true that I'd ever own the book, and still remember the absolute shock I felt when I opened the package and there it was. You know what's great?  I still have the book.


  
4.  As an adult in seminary, Julie got me a Washburn acoustic guitar.  The thinking was that in ministry I could use it to lead youth group music.  (Problem: you need to be able to sing to do that.  And play guitar with the right timing.)  Anyway, I took lessons, learned how to play On The Road Again by Willie Nelson, Do Lord, that southern gospel staple, and then slow motion version of the intros to both Hotel California and Stairway To Heaven.


5.  This year, Julie is giving me tickets to John Mellencamp in March at Ovens Auditorium.  Our seats are good, the venue is intimate, and Mellencamp's most recent album, Plain Spoken, is superb.


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