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new thread on an old subject: the baptism of babies

You’re a member (or at least a visitor) of a Reformed Church, a designation having an historical dimension (The Reformation of the 16th century) as it relates to its theological dimension (salvation is by faith alone).  In this Reformed church you see the monthly practice of baptism, and usually the baptism of infants.  That is what you find here.

But as one located in the “buckle” of the Bible Belt, you find yourself surrounded primarily by churches of a Baptistic nature.  If in a baptistic church, then baptism is reserved for those who can make a personal profession of faith; it is therefore not to be extended to infants or children who cannot enunciate their profession of faith because they do not know that profession. Read the rest of this entry »

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Don’t look now, but. . .

. . .is Anne Burns moonlighting as a “worship”-leader at a church whose identity is being withheld for its own sake?

pre-nuptial or post-nuptial: one series fits all

hey, we’re going to take several weeks (maybe 5) and talk about marriage openly and honestly, underthescrutiny of Scripture and in the community of God’s people.  Hope you can join us.  Here’s a little more detail.

Wanted you also to be aware of something PCPC is offering for free for the next several days Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

let’s really define our terms here: fellowship

if you’ve been in the evangelical sub-culture for any length of time, you’ve probably heard a word bandied about that people outside that sub-culture tend not to use: fellowship.

It’s definitely a biblical word so its use is warranted, but so is having a clear definition, lest we dilute its meaning into something less potent than its intended meaning. For fellowship certainly entails a warm and welcoming environment, but it has purposes much larger than just being together.

I don’t want to sound like a drill-sargeant about a kind of gathering that many times has no structure or noticeable purpose other than coming to know one another more fully, but fellowship, as the following words argue, does have an ultimate goal beyond “having a good time together.” Read the rest of this entry »

church-state relationship

1Tim. 2:1   First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. 3 This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Paul is unequivocal in our duties as citizens of a particular polity: pray for those in high positions.  He of course lived in monarchical systems, not in those “of, for, and by the people.”  But the difference in political context notwithstanding, I don’t think he would object to a call for yet another duty of citizenry: voting.

so, if you haven’t voted yet, one of you sent us this helpful voting-precinct finder.  So click there, find out, and go vote.

Faith and art ought never be severed

Have a look at this:
Churches Urged to be More Artist-Friendly, Transform Culture | Christianpost.com

as you know, PCPC is hosting its 2nd annual Arts Festival in April. This year’s theme centers on Genesis, but the festival allows artists to select one of several dimensions of the Genesis narrative from which to derive their work.

The linked article interviews a friend of mine from college, who laments the unfortunate paucity of artists within our churches, and moreso the ostensibly inhospitable environment churches seem to be for budding or accomplished artists. His response to that reality has been to team with area churches to host a conference on art and faith. To encourage artists of every medium to see their giftedness as a form of worship and shepherding people toward truth. If any of you would like to go to the conference the first week of April down in Austin, I’ll pay your way so long as you take good notes and bring back some recommendations on how to ensure a more robust relationship between the church and artists.

Those spearheading the arts festival here at PCPC are looking for ways to sustain the interest elicited by the festival, and more specifically to identify ways to genuinely serve the greater arts community in our city. Ideas?

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