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

Archive for May, 2008

simplest terms, fullest sense

Mark’s been reminding us the last couple weeks (here, and here) that, though evangelism may not be your gift, it’s everyone’s calling.  

Interestingly, the most common google search phrase that ends up leading people to this blog is “fear of evangelism.”  (yesterday even, the search phrase that led them here was “I don’t want to evangelize!”) Google leads them to this post most frequently.

Well, if you’re wanting to take Mark’s instruction from Acts to heart, here’s where you can find your marching orders: an attempt at summarizing the Gospel in its simplest terms but without reducing it from its fullest sense.  Keller outlines the Gospel’s two foci: individual and corporate transformation, the former being in service of the latter. To emphasize one to the neglect of the other can lead to a misshapen, misleading Gospel.  As they say, you can’t have one without the other.  

Read and then see if you, too, can be simple without being reductionistic.  Use God’s word but find your own voice.

It’s high time to address your calling.  What’s the worst that could happen?

he’s done it again

our fellow PCPC member and ostensibly cynical deadpan has done it again: E. L Kersten, COO of Despair.com has rolled out a short film on teamwork

Part One

Part Two

laugh again

staying untied

should you ever marry?  isn’t it too much of a minefield?  haven’t we seen enough relational and familial carnage to look at marriage with deep suspicion?

Mike Bullmore has a few things to say on the matter. It’s one sermon in a series found here.

2 Corinthians 8:1-15

in case you missed yesterday’s announcement:

 

In response to the devastating earthquakes that took place in China this past week, PCPC has set up a special fund for Earthquake relief. You can give to this effort by submitting your donation marked “China Earthquake” to:

Park Cities Presbyterian Church
c/o China Earthquake Relief
4124 Oak Lawn Ave.

Dallas, TX 75219

 

the beautiful counter-intuitiveness of the gospel

the most expensive expression of forgiveness continues to put and end to a devastating cycle of violence and retribution.  Where does one gather the resources to be able to forgive without simply denying the pain of what’s been lost?  Read here.

let our forbear in the faith bear his soul to you this summer

Cynthia Nielsen is leading a summer study on St. Augustine’s Confessions on tuesday nights.  Cynthia brings, to put it mildly, a depth of insight into our forbear in the faith.  Click here if you’d like more information on the study.

still hounded after all these years

in case you wanted to read more of Thompson’s poem we referred to last Sunday, here’s a link (with a nice feature, I might add: run your pointer over the underlined words, and wait for the balloon to appear with a gloss of the colloquial word or phrase!)

 

and then here’s a little wikipedia article on him, too.