Jesus Is The Way

Taking time away from the busyness of everyday life, a group from HP Pres traveled to a small village in Spain where pilgrims of the Camino de Santiago rest from their soul-searching journey. The team invites in voyagers to have a hot meal in the midst of the 500-mile long trek. One night a couple of Frenchmen stumbled into the dinner a few minutes late— Valerie and Kent Krause took note of these men, but assumed that they missed the opportunity to have a valuable conversation with... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 10/11/18
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Called To Lead

When Buff Amis first heard about the plans for a church plant in Old East Dallas, her attention was immediately grabbed. Buff’s passion for Reconciliation Outreach, an HP Pres ministry partner in East Dallas, matched a central theme of Peak Street Church’s vision, and the fact that she was familiar with the neighborhood only confirmed that God was drawing her to the idea of helping with this church plant. Soon after feeling the pull of the Holy Spirit in her heart, Buff and her... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 10/3/18
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A Heart For Justice

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Posted by Communications Ministry at 9/27/18
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September Session Update

The Session of Highland Park Presbyterian Church is the ruling body of our congregation, charged with governance, overseeing the Church’s spiritual health, and guiding its mission for Christ in the world. In order to better do this, the Session communicates frequently with the congregation of HP Pres to report its decisions and activities. You can visit the Elders page ( hppres.org/elders ) to see other updates from the Session and to send messages to our Elders and pastors. ... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 9/26/18
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Iron Sharpens Iron

Between the 12 men in Dan Strodel’s group who meet on at Ascent on Tuesday mornings, there are about 30 children, a handful of businesses, and a community that is dedicated to encouraging one another in the celebrations and concerns. Dan has been dedicated to this group since before Ascent’s launch almost five years ago. Each one of them comes from varying backgrounds but all have a desire to pursue God in every aspect of their lives whether it be in their career, marriage, or... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 9/19/18
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The Merciful

Yesterday, I exercised my civic privilege of reporting for jury duty. (Did you know that you're offered a free DART ride when you're summoned for jury duty? Riding the bus to the municipal building downtown made me thankful for our public transit system in Dallas—it was great!) As I waited in that courtroom, I couldn’t help but think about the sermon passage I’d been studying all week: “ Blessed are the merciful... ”  Matthew 5:7 . Imagine a judge... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 9/13/18
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It's All Jesus

“I work out with his dad at Cross Fit,” Ryan Smith laughed right before his interview. He didn’t yet know Riter White’s dad all that well, but he was encouraged to be asked to serve as Riter’s  confirmation  mentor. Ryan was concerned though about the weight of responsibility. Sharing his personal faith so intensely with someone outside of his family was new territory, but Ryan was encouraged to step out of his comfort... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 9/13/18
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Completing a Journey

This Sunday marks the completion of a year long discipleship journey, called Confirmation, for 55 students at Highland Park Presbyterian Church. They have grown in their faith through mentoring, mission, and the study of God's Word. This weekend they will go public with their trust in Jesus, becoming fully fledged covenant partners of our church. A primary goal of our church is preparing the next generation to lead in God’s kingdom. I hope you can join us for worship Sunday as... Read More
at 9/6/18
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Anchored in Christ

Brandi Hull was in a season of serious instability, but she felt a nudge from the Lord to take the risk of stepping out of her comfort zone and into community. When she heard of Anchor, she decided to follow the Lord’s leading and try out this women’s Bible study. Upon arrival, she immediately felt a wave of peace—the hospitality of the women encouraged her to feel comfortable. She was seated at a table with women from all ages and backgrounds, and she quickly learned that... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 9/6/18
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Upside Down Blessing

I was meeting yesterday with some longtime elders in our church, and one of them asked me: “Why is the sermon series on the Beatitudes called Upside Down? What does that mean?” In an effort to answer this question, we started to rewrite Jesus’ blessings in a way that our world might more quickly recognize as #blessed. Blessed are the self-confident, for they can build their own kingdom. Blessed are those don’t take life too seriously, for they have a lot more fun.... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 8/30/18
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August Session Update

The Session of Highland Park Presbyterian Church is the ruling body of our congregation, charged with governance, overseeing the Church’s spiritual health, and guiding its mission for Christ in the world. In order to better do this, the Session communicates frequently with the congregation of HP Pres to report its decisions and activities. You can visit the Elders page ( hppres.org/elders ) to see other updates from the Session and to send messages to our Elders and pastors. August... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 8/30/18
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The Power of Hope

This summer a group of our Highland Park Students traveled to Jamaica to help with home construction. During their time there, they visited an infirmary— a place that held the ill outcasts of the parish. Many of the students were apprehensive about this visit, but their anxieties were immediately put to rest when the patients greeted them with wide smiles and vulnerability as many patients shared their life stories. Blake Hudspeth talked with a man named George, who was a taxi driver... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 8/29/18
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Three Things To Be Excited About

Summer can often be an opportunity to slow down, reflect, and pay attention to what God is doing in our midst. Personally, I am so grateful that as a church you allow me to devote extended time in the summer for study, prayer, and writing. I’m not exaggerating when I say this is the most excited I have ever been about a coming season of life together.  As we jump into this new ministry year together at Highland Park Pres, I’d love to share three things I’m... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 8/23/18
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Jesus Rescues

As part of our family of churches, the Mandarin Chinese Church is a congregation we strive to support through resources, prayer, and celebration. This past week, they hosted a VBS experience involving seventy kids and volunteers, which included worship, dancing, and bilingual Bible lessons. “This is our third year,” Chinese children’s coordinator, Ting Cai, mentions. “About half the kids speak English and most speak Chinese. We translate a couple songs so the kids can... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 8/22/18
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Met By Grace

Forced into attending a mission trip over her summer plans, 11-year-old Kay Rachal (on right) found herself frustrated as her mom pushed her to get involved at church. Little did she know, her life would be transformed through this experience. While serving the people of San Antonio, Kay’s heart began to soften. Through the final night prayer stations, serving, and worship events, Kay’s eyes were opened to the good news of Jesus. She reaffirmed her commitment to Christ and was... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 8/15/18
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The Impact of Generosity

I just had a chance to watch Jurassic World, the latest in the Jurassic Park series of movies. In it, several dinosaurs escape containment on their tiny island, paving the way for years of follow-up blockbuster sequels. As I watched the movie, a word kept flashing through my mind. That word was impact. Running into a hungry T-Rex would certainly impact my life, but thankfully I don't have to worry about that because of another impact that took place a long time... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 8/13/18
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Feed the Body, Feed the Soul

The line starts forming early Saturday morning at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in downtown Dallas. Hungry men and women patiently wait for the basement door to open as they anticipate the hearty and hot breakfast that will be served up inside. For the last 20 years, volunteers from HP Pres have come not just to prepare a meal for many of the homeless people in our city, but to try to satisfy a hunger of the heart by sharing the Gospel too.... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 8/9/18
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The Storybook Bible

Have you ever wondered why the Bible is filled with far more stories than instructions? Why instead of offering bullet point directions on how to find God, the Bible recounts the lives of those who have actually encountered God’s presence?  We’re given Moses’ life-altering detour at the burning bush rather than just an instruction to “turn aside and draw near;” Joshua’s shocking encounter with the commander of the Lord’s army rather than only a... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 8/9/18
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Growth Pathway

I need to confess. I’m one of those people so proud of having 20/20 vision. I can read signs from a far distance. I gloat over reading 8-point font. But this summer, my vision started getting a little blurry. Am I getting old? Naaah. Most of us drop by the eye doctor periodically to get our eyes examined. Most of us need a little correction, or perhaps a lot, from time to time. Whether you wear contacts, glasses, or both, you know how wonderful it is to get some help with... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 8/2/18
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How He Loves

Growing up, Michael was involved in church. He became familiar enough with the Christian culture to hide that his faith was non-existent. As a college freshman, church was low on his priority list. He found satisfaction in his successful grades and new girlfriend.  A sudden break-up started to crack the foundation of Michael’s identity. Anxiety and depression overcame him as he struggled to make it to class. Soon, absences stacked up and forced him to withdraw from school for the... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 8/1/18
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