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A small group of ladies gathers around a table in the Club Room at Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury in Irvington. At its head a rather distinguished looking gentleman in sweater and tie beams greetings at them, calling each by name. He hands each one a printed sheet with selected verses from the Old and New Testament. It’s time for Rev. Winfield Talley’s Wednesday Bible study class to begin.

Talley, known as “Reverend” or “Preacher” to many who worshiped with him over the years, and “Big” to his close associates and friends, is a man with a broad smile, a strong voice, and an abiding commitment to his faith. Anyone who spends five minutes with him could not imagine his having done anything else with his life. Now officially retired, each week Talley serves as volunteer leader of a small but devoted group that wishes to deepen their appreciation for the Word of God.

Years of experience as a pastor and preacher make Talley the ideal leader for these Bible study sessions. You can see from his interaction with the group that he relishes the chance to share the gospel with them. His voice resonates melodiously in the confines of the room as he performs an exegetical exercise that makes the language of the bible come to life. Real-world examples and references to the history of the period aid his audience in understanding the broader context in which these Biblical stories arose. 

These lessons aren’t simply free; they’re priceless.

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posted 02.27.2013

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