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

Archive for March, 2007

The Pursuit of Happyness

If you’re trying to find something to make you happy, then a gander at this when you get a chance.  Someone has written on the history of happiness after researching it for six years.  Seems the idea of happiness being linked to feeling good is newfangled.  Seems like another book mentioned pleasure not panning out.

Joy in the Dance

Thanks to all who helped us host the Inaugural PCPC Ceili Saturday evening.  Here’s a few shots from our lively time together.  Even those with two left feet (myself included in that choreographically-challenged demographic) found their footing with a little help from the Band and the Ceili Caller.

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The really interested may click here for even more photos.

can you guess who?


a little help?

05_ceili.jpgas we mentioned yesterday, we could stand to have several more helpers with the ceili this Saturday (5-8pm) in the way of 30 minute shifts in any one of the following:

  • supervising the food line,
  • running the kids’ table (face-painting, coloring), h
  • ospitality for the band,
  • and maybe helping direct traffic to the back of Oak Lawn West (to conserve parking-space for the people attending the wedding in the sanctuary parking-lot).

Stephen Kilbourn has graciously agreed to coordinate all “the help.”  Please email him if you’d be willing and able to help for even a short time this weekend.  Go raibh maith agaibh! (a gaelic thanks)

oh, for that elusive peace

our circumstances must not be the determinant of our joy

that’s a comment from a respected author that’s stuck with me recently, a comment I think came into play in our exploration of John 4 last Sunday (as well as the issue of what you would say if given the chance to explain the Gospel).  This poem by Amy Carmichael ended up in my box this morning.  I think it teases out that principle. . .that rather counter-cultural, counter-intuitive principle.

As with any art, you will not notice its significance through a hasty consideration of it.  So plan to read this a couple times at least.

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if given a foothold what territory would you cover?

yesterday we mentioned that perhaps the reason we never have a chance to share–or perhaps always feel on guard about sharing our faith–is that we can’t begin to put it into words–save the old, tired phrases we’ve heard before. Well, if you’re so inclined–I’m praying you are–here are some categories our small group came up with for what you might include in a basic Gospel explanation. [If you’re looking for some context to this comment, here’s the document that explains an “assignment” for our series on John’s Gospel.] Of course, they’ll require some thought in how to explain to those unversed in anything Christian words like deity, fallenness, atonement, faith, and the like.  And, yes, even after the message gets across the divide, objections may naturally follow. Read the rest of this entry »