There is a great difference in excellency, usefulness, and comfort between people of clear, digested knowledge, and confused, undigested apprehensions. -Richard Baxter

Archive for February, 2007

Film Discussion postponed…for a good reason

We’re gonna push Film discussion Friday to later in march. Three events in a 7-day span seemed like a lot (Prayer and Praise, FDF, and AIDS Supper Club.) Not only is it too much, it’s at cross-purposes with what’s at the center of our reason for being: that we would be manifesting Him in whatever spheres we’re a part of. Can’t really do that if we’re always gathering us together for this or that. You’re adults. You can make decisions about how to spend your time. But we’d never want to send the unintended message that being His Church means being exclusively with those in the Church.

So, see a chance to spend a Friday night with associates at work, or school, or where you live? I pray you have an opportunity to spend some honest time with them–that rapport might be built, trust, appreciation…even friendship.

It’s where all this talk about how to speak salvation succinctly takes a real first step–outside the theoretical. If you ain’t with them, you’ll never know them, or hear them, or earn their trust.

Happy friday.

He is worthy of it and we are needful of it

Hope you’ll join us tonight for prayer and praise.  It always feels awkward at first; that changes.  We’ll use Nehemiah’s prayer in Chapter 1–from which Mark Davis preached last Sunday–as our “food for thought, prayer, and praise.”  We will sing.  We will hear the Word. We will sit quietly, considering what we’ve heard. And we will give voice to what we know of Him, what we’re sad to have done (or not done) before Him, what promises of His we hope in, and what things broken down by sin we need His mercy for the rebuilding of.  Here’s where we’ll meet.  See you at 7.  Eat dinner beforehand.  Or fast, if you like, before you come to pray.  Such is not without precedent–See Nehemiah 1: 4.

maybe we could work a deal with Watermark?

if a multinational corporation thinks offering “full life service” is a priority, why not a Presbyterian church?

see any downsides?

what if this weekend….

you gave yourself some sacred space in which to engage some lenten stillness….I suspect it will be nothing short of agony at first (or, i could be very wrong–it may be enormously refreshing). As per the suggestion from the blog entry yesterday, what if you went here to this site (hat tip: A Klisho) and followed its instructions?  It may kind of feel like attending an AA meeting held in a bar–that is, to seek some quiet while in the presence of a computer with an internet connection.  But there would be a way to dispense with the plugged-in part: print out the instructions, grab your Bible, and go away.

regarding your profession and your profession of faith:

work_excellence.jpgif you’re on the list below, then I know you to be interested in spending some time with an elder brother or sister in your, either present or future, occupation, and receiving some insight into how to live faithfully in whatever your occupation might be. If you’re not on this list and want to be, be sure to sign up on the clipboard this Sunday. Also this Sunday I’ll have the books that will serve to usher you and your respective mentors into a dialogue. Read the rest of this entry »

observe Lent? Here’s one way

lent.jpgStop. Click here. Sign up, if you’d like, for the daily Lenten devotional, commencing today, Ash Wednesday, and running to Resurrection Day, April 8.

Lent is often misconstrued as that season you “give up” something. I’d hope this little devotional series might give you a chance to “take up” something–something our culture largely squeezes out of us. Would you consider for these 40 days the practice of thinking on what you read? I hesitate to use the word “meditation” because it may sound so ethereal as to be something you think you could never do, much less want to do. But meditation is merely thinking over what you hear or read. And it is one means by which the Spirit “gets through” to us–confirming to us the truth and beauty of what we find, helping us to see the implications of the principles we encounter, providing us the courage (because we see the beauty of the truth) to act in faith on that truth. Read the rest of this entry »

Ceili exposed

we’re a bit closer to St. Patrick’s Day and our first annual ceili. Perhaps you saw our previous mention of it and remain…unimpressed. Perhaps your lack of enthusiasm stems from your confusion as to what a ceili looks like–and whether you’d feel dorky participating in one.

BE confused no longer. Here’s a couple samples of ceili, with a variety of skill-levels represented. Fear not. Instruction will be given beforehand.

We’ll need your help to host our church and anyone else that shows. Pass the word!

Here’s a shot from one in Dublin:

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at least this guy was already dead…

…how many (of us?) are already in said condition?couch-potato.jpg

in case you’re still on the fence

for those who have contemplated membership in the local church, but have never left their contemplative repose, here is one more reason why we so strenuously encourage membership. It’s not too late to sign up for this weekend’s Intro to PCPC Class, just email Debbie Blanton and you’ll be on the list. There will be no blood-test, body-cavity search, or inquiry into how your mother treated you. Nor will there be pop-quizzes on how much of the history of the Reformation you’re conversant in. This weekend is full of information but helpful in your thinking about why you keep showing up here week in and week out. Without that grasp of purpose and process, you will wander here, become bored, and end up setting a precedent in your own soul for attaching to a church in a half-baked way.

There are three things “dangerous” about PCPC. Read the rest of this entry »

for your review: reviews

Hey, this was forwarded to us today: a sizable collection of brief summaries of some of the books you may have heard of, but haven’t had time to read. No, not Michael Crichton or Maya Angelou or Stephen King books–they have a biblical or theological bent to them (to be fair, the former do, too, but not as explicitly).  But in light of our recent discussions on getting the word out (here, and here), making time for girding your mind for action (while you also pray for opportunities to share) by reading some of these works might be of benefit.  And now you can get a taste of each without having to buy the books themselves.

Bon appetit.