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Blog Archives: September 2017

RPC Deacon Assistants to be called Deaconesses

September 19, 2017
Tom Gibbs
One of the bedrock commitments of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) is its commitment to the authority and trustworthiness of the Bible. The PCA recognizes that in order to be faithful to the living Word, the Lord Jesus Christ, we must be faithful to the written Word revealed in the Scriptures. This commitment, though, comes with attendant risks. Many times the Bible’s teachings conflict with contemporary claims being made by the culture on issues like human dignity, economics, politics, beauty, sexuality, salvation, etc., which ...

Spiritual Formation classes for adults launch on Sunday!

September 08, 2017
Benjie Slaton
We want you to know about three Spiritual Formation classes for adults starting this Sunday, September 10th, including one new class. Spiritual Formation I - Christianity Explored: This is an 8-week discussion class designed to be beneficial for those just beginning to consider the Christian faith and the mature believer alike. Even if you have been a believer for a long time, this class offers a helpful, renewing return to the heart of the Gospel and equips us to speak to others about Christ. Spiritual Formation III - Faith and Vocation: ...

Come to the Table

September 07, 2017
Tom Gibbs
A few weeks ago when I was preparing the congregation for our weekly observance of the Lord’s Supper I mentioned that the world has a story that it constantly teaches us. Technology, media, news, cultural institutions, giant corporations, entertainment celebrities, and Washington politicians—they are all tacitly conspiring to spread the message that our lives will work if we achieve, or if we perform, or if we’re satisfied. This is the “air we breathe” or our sitz im lebem, a German phrase roughly translating to one’s “setting in life.” Our ...

Face Time: A Review

September 06, 2017
Tara Gibbs
Remember the pressure you felt to fit in as a teen girl? I think most of us knew the temptation to lose our identity in what our peers told us to be, what Teen Magazine told us to be, what some TV ad told us to be. Women are told how they are supposed to look and act to be the “ideal woman” from a young age—from perfect looks, to perfect grades, to perfect popularity.  But those of us who grew up pre-social media could take a break from those pressures.  We could go home and have a “time out” from school and peer demands. It was easier for ...

New neighbors

September 05, 2017
Haley Wachdorf
My family got new neighbors this week. We said goodbye to our former neighbors, who we adored, in July when they moved away. Since their moving truck pulled away, we have been on something of a stakeout. Every time we spot a car in the driveway next door, my children take up their posts in the front and upstairs windows and yell to each other what they can see. (“IT’S A MINIVAN! MAYBE THAT MEANS THEY HAVE KIDS!” If you’re going to stalk people, you might as well do it as a family.) But for two months, we would get excited only to realize it ...