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

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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 »

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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giving up chocolate isn’t really the point…

lent07.jpgFar more important than coming up with amorous or angst-ridden zingers in our little contest this week is the attention you give to this moment in the church calendar too often overlooked. As we said yesterday, Lent is a season for doing life differently: for refraining from some of the ordinary pleasures of life in order to devote ourselves to some reflection on His call upon our lives. Think of it as a period of more intense training meant to fortify us for the next season of life.

I’d suggested that if you were to fast once a week, you might use that lunch (or breakfast or dinner) hour to have a look at some “X-Ray questions” David Powlison penned in his book Seeing with New Eyes. Read the rest of this entry »

Eat, drink, talk shop, bring in the Kingdom

HEY! Listen up: this is about this Wednesday, January 30th.  RSVP’s are due today, January 28th:

As you may have seen in the email update this week, coming on the 30th of this month, Pete Deison and Tracy Taylor have scheduled another breakfast for discussion and prayer concerning how to place our career in the service of our calling in Christ. You can click here for a brief synopsis of the effort’s intentions and values.

This won’t be the last time they’ll gather for discussion and prayer in service of this idea, but there’s no time like the present to get in on the discussion. It’s geared for anyone–not just those established in, or even clear on, a particular profession. So come along. Email us by January 28th (wednesday) at noon if you want to attend. Come along.

For Christ’s sake, love your Mother

If you love Christ, you will love his word. If you love Christ’s word, you will love his church. We dare not mock or treat as dispensable that for which Christ died. As the church, we are the bride of Christ. Let us labor, therefore, to make it our own, since Christ himself has made us his own (Phil. 3:12).

Justin Taylor has a brief piece on the relationship of Christ to His Church.  It’s one more voice speaking against the increasingly fashionable choice to withhold commitment from a local Body of believers.  She’s your Mother, complete with imperfections, but the One for whom Christ died.