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

Archive for gospel-driven service

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 justice roll down like water…

The Gospel is the announcement that God is both just and the justifier of those who have faith in Jesus (Rom 3:26).  God is the One who acts justly toward sin by meting out justice upon the Savior, and on behalf of those God simultaneously justifies–acquits of sin and restores one to favor–in satisfying His commitment to justice.

As you may have heard Gary Haugen, President of International Justice Mission (ijm.org), will be preaching justice to us this weekend.  You might prepare your heart and mind for what he has to say by having a look here at an essay outlining some significant and practical steps to doing the work of justice among those in some form of sex-trafficking–not only in distant places, but right here. . . along the mean streets of Dallas.

If justice features so heavily in the most important moment of history, riding the ripple of justice and, with the Spirit’s help, channeling it toward areas needing it most seems like work worth doing.

Good Works

After meditating on how we should be moved to good because of the good God has done towards us, we have an opportunity to give to the AIDs Service of Dallas.  Perhaps you’ve considered helping out with the supper club, but can’t make it.  You can also help us reach out to their community by spending a couple extra bucks and bringing one of these items with you this Sunday.  We will have a box to collect donations for them in the 20+ classroom.

Needed Items: 

*Toilet paper

Facial Tissue
Paper Towels

help me write this sermon

preach.jpgNo, I’m not trying to outsource my responsibility, but I thought it would be…different, if not intriguing, to bring those with whom I identify the most into a dialogue about a particular passage and how it speaks to their condition.  Sermons are explanations of how a text of God’s word speaks to our condition–in what we think, feel, or do, and usually all three.

It is not a complicated text in terms of its meaning. I think it focuses on two themes, but I won’t share what I think they are so that I don’t prejudice your reading and reflecting. Read the rest of this entry »

His Will and our work, part 1 of many…

As alluded to on the July calendar, in October (yes, an announcement in July about an October thing), we’ll devote some time in October (perhaps on retreat, perhaps here at home–still deciding) to a discussion of faith and work–i.e. profession. Chuck Garriott will be here. Letters are going out within the week to several PCPC members in various professions to see if they might join us and corral those of you in the same or similar professions into a discussion of faithfulness in the marketplace. Even if you’re still in training for your profession, aspiring to that profession, or still not sure on what profession you might one day land, our time together will speak broadly enough to how to live and work for the glory of God, a la Colossians 3:15. Read the rest of this entry »

this just in from China….

Here’s an update from Erika in China….makes you glad there are diapers in the world

Daily Schedule:


Our days start at 7am with breakfast in the cafeteria.  I usually make a cup of coffee in our community kitchen in the dorm, then walk across campus to breakfast (a very American thing…walking with coffee that is).  I usually eat an egg mcmuffin type sandwich, but they also offer a rice porridge with vegetables.  After breakfast we head to a large room in the library that is reserved for the program.  We have training on various topics from 8-12.  We are being trained by year-long teachers who have decided to stay after and support the program, most will return home this week.

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Eight months in…

Can you believe the Bronson’s (Andrew and Becky) have been in Thailand for 8 months now? Here’s their latestbronsons-update-may-07.jpg update from the church-planting work in Nong Khai. Don’t forget to check in with them at their blogsite, and be sure to drop them a note to catch them up!

regarding Justice

June 3 and 10 we’ll hear from Victor Boutros and Reid Porter on the call to seeking justice. Below is an article I came across recently in First Things about how the government in India is taking on the inordinate task of rescuing unwanted female babies. Victor et al’s work with International Justice Mission dovetails with work like this. Where is the church acting with great wisdom and great faith? I hope you’ll come hear in June and how you might become part of that effort.

To the article:

Saving India’s Girls

by Ashley K. Fernandes

May 2007
Copyright (c) 2007 First Things (May 2007).

India is all the rage these days. From high fashion to high tech to the movies made in “Bollywood,” India has finally made it to the world stage. The coverage of Everything India is so ubiquitous that one is tempted to pass by India-related articles and move on to new global frontiers. Yet a recent piece in the New York Times—“Indian Gov’t to Raise Abandoned Girls,” February 18, 2007—is one that readers should note. This is not an article about the flashy new middle class in India but a story about the future of some of the world’s most vulnerable persons in an immense and overwhelming country. Read the rest of this entry »

a few good helpers….

We’re looking to help out with Union Gospel Mission on Thanksgiving Morning.  They need about 10 people on the 23rd to pack and deliver prepared meals to 2 nursing homes and couple of regular houses – we would need to get there around 8 am, pack up the meals, and take them to homes around 10 am.  If you’d be willing and able, would you contact Erika McIntyre IMMEDIATELY so she can give UGM a head count for how many they can expect from us.

This may not be your traditional way of spending Thanksgiving morning, but here’s to breaking tradition.

you could watch a scary movie, or you could. . .

. . .love on some kids Halloween Night.

As Erika mentioned yesterday, there’s a need for some willing folks to chaperone kids served by the Vickery Meadows Ministry around the fair at Northwest Bible tomorrow night.  Some details you should be aware of:

A bus from Northwest Bible will arrive to get us between 5:30 and 5:45 at the Ivanhoe, so arriving at 5:15 is wonderful, but don’t worry if you can’t be there before 5:30. We will leave the Fun Fest somewhere between 8:00-8:30, so we plan on being finished dropping the kids off by 8:45 at the latest. Wearing costumes is recommended if you can, but no pressure 🙂  I have no idea if the kids will be dressed up, but I think it will be fun for them to see us that way.

Email Erika to volunteer.