Michael Talbot in Mount Pulaski
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[June 10, 2010]
MOUNT PULASKI -- John Michael
Talbot made his long-awaited appearance in Mount Pulaski Tuesday
night, performing for a delighted and enthusiastic audience of not
only locals, but those who drove in from Decatur, Springfield,
Lincoln, Rochester, Peoria and other outlying areas.
A blend of his created gospel music and his
gospel-based messages kept everyone glued to this well-known
personality who has undergone his own personal transformation from
his rock group Mason Proffit and the Janis Joplin drug and
liquor-filled days of agnosticism back to Christianity.
Now a Catholic monk who has founded an
integrated monastic community in the Ozark Mountain area of
northeastern Arkansas, John Michael sadly relates: "On one
particular evening we were opening for the queen of rock herself,
Janis Joplin. I watched her backstage as she downed bottles of
Southern Comfort like it was soda pop."
The sight seized him deeply, and when the
concert was over he walked back onto the empty stage. Looking out
over the arena floor, he was shocked to see lying before him a sea
of bottles, beer cans and drug paraphernalia littered as far as he
"Suddenly," he recalls, "the rock-star life
seemed empty and sad. It wasn't at all what I wanted my life to
It was a prophetic experience for the youngster
that caused him to question his whole lifestyle as he began to ask,
"Isn't there something more?"
A John Michael Talbot ministry is unlike any
other you've ever attended. Through music, teaching and meditation,
John Michael leads Holy Spirit-filled evenings that many have called
mini-retreats, renewals or missions.
John Michael is promoting for all an
alternative living concept in the midst of our hedonistic and often
misguided modern civilization. The Mount Pulaski mission of three
days finishes Thursday at 7 p.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Church.
John Michael shows that you need not live in a
monastery to know the peace of God and be a blessing to the world.
As John Michael tells us: "The world is my
cloister, my body is my cell, and my soul is the hermit within!"
He inspires all of us to live the life of the
spirit as expressed by our spiritual forebears.
"You can cultivate solitude, silence and sacred
stillness on the spot where you are standing," he says.
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In the fall of 2009, John Michael began
returning to his gospel roots.
As he reports: "We are experiencing a fresh and
powerful new wind of the Spirit in my ministry and community. I want
to share that enthusiasm and joy with you!"
The beauty of the three-day ministry is that
excitement builds from night to night, and more and more people come
each night as the word spreads from person to person.
John Michael goes on to say: "Our biblical model for this is St.
Paul, who went to a local area and stayed there evangelizing and
building up the local community before moving on to another region.
"The more primary model is from Jesus himself,
who went from village to village in spiritual simplicity to preach
the Good News to all God's people.
"Of course, the example of the saints like St.
Francis of Assisi and the early Franciscan preachers is also a great
inspiration for this ministry. They went in gospel simplicity from
village to village and church to church, preaching the Gospel of
Jesus using music, art and proclaimed words."
John Michael travels from place to place -- not
with buses, flashing stage lights and extravaganza -- but rather
simply using his own guitar and vocal gospel music, his thoughtful
meditation, and his gospel-based message to show and tell us all how
to improve our relationship with God in a more meaningful and
[Text from file
received from Phil Bertoni]