Called to Rise

Last July, Dallas Police Chief David Brown was thrust into the national spotlight as he helped lead our city through the aftermath of a shooting spree that left five officers dead. It was a truly horrific day for our city and nation, and yet many believe it was Brown’s leadership before and during the crisis that kept things from being far worse. One of the recurring prayers that can be overheard in our congregation is, “God would your kingdom come in Dallas, just as it is in... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at Thursday, October 12, 2017 | 0 comments
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Jesus Wept

Recently we have all been confronted with what seems like an unending series of national, global, and nearer-to-home tragedies. In the wake of this week's mass shooting in Las Vegas, we are once again heartbroken, angry, and we cannot begin to imagine what the victims and their loved ones are going through right now. As I reflect on these times of crisis and strife, I'd like to share a few words of encouragement. First, I would encourage all of us to resist speaking in religious... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at Thursday, October 5, 2017 | 8 comments
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In All Generations: Dominican Republic Photo Essay

Now to Him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think—according to the power that works in you— to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20–21 This past summer Highland Park Pres sent a multi-generational team of 24 volunteers to the Dominican Republic to serve the communities of Cielo and Nazaret. The Dominican Republic is a Caribbean nation with a rich history.... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at Monday, October 2, 2017 | 0 comments
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Our Greatest Legacy

I once knew a fascinating man whose life included major feats like performing plastic surgery on Raquel Welch’s nose, shooting under his age in golf a handful of times, and a dedication in retirement to going on medical mission trips to fix facial deformities for people in Third World countries. I met this man while dating one of his granddaughters (now my wife Erin) and I still have fond memories of listening to the larger than life stories he told us. On a regular basis we would play... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at Thursday, September 28, 2017 | 2 comments
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Team Animal House

I am now proudly the parent of a soccer player. Team "Animal House" played their first game Monday night, battling to a 4-4 draw. Watching four year olds swarm after a soccer ball is truly one of life's great joys.  In the days leading up to Wheeler's first organized sports event, I found myself praying far more often than normal. It was something like, "God please don't let this be a disastrous experience for my son, and please help his father not to... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at Thursday, September 14, 2017 | 2 comments
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Completion of a Journey

Recently one of my oldest and closest of friends moved back to Dallas. We grew up together, and I still remember the day Travis invited me on a Student Ministry Retreat where I heard about having a relationship with Jesus for the first time. In the months that followed, I went through an experience called Confirmation, where I learned the basics of being a disciple of Jesus. I studied the core teachings of the Scriptures, reformed theology, and spiritual practices like prayer and... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at Thursday, September 7, 2017 | 0 comments
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Diapers and Dollars

Along with so many of you, I continue to grieve the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey in the city I called home for most of my childhood years. We have been in frequent contact with leaders from our sister churches in the Houston area, including First Presbyterian of Houston, Memorial Drive, and Grace Presbyterian. As a church we have committed our support to each of these churches, and will walk alongside them as they coordinate with other local organizations in relief efforts... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at Thursday, August 31, 2017 | 1 comments
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Talking With Your Kids About Natural Disasters

If your household is anything like mine then with the recent and ongoing chaos of Hurricane Harvey your kids might be asking larger questions like, “If God is so powerful why doesn’t he just make it stop?” You may even be asking those questions! I woke up this morning praying and asking God to blow the storm away.  He is that powerful. As a family we remind ourselves that God is Sovereign (big word that means he is in control and has a plan all the time). We... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at Wednesday, August 30, 2017 | 0 comments
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Opening Doors

Last week, we opened our doors to 74 kids and volunteers for our second year of Chinese Vacation Bible School . At the end of the week, kids and students were invited to place their small hearts into Jesus' big heart, and 11 made that decision! We join our Chinese church plant in praying that this younger generation would share what they've learned about God with their families in the coming year! Then, last weekend, we hosted over 70 new SMU students from China at a welcome... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at Thursday, August 24, 2017 | 2 comments
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Know The Word, Do The Word

I forgot how fun it is to not sleep. These past few days shared with Collier Jane and with her amazing mom have been some of the best of my life. I keep returning to that verse from James 1 , that every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights.  And I cannot thank you enough, church family, for your prayers and your words of encouragement along the way.  I remember watching the news about Charlottesville, as we stayed up together... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at Thursday, August 17, 2017 | 3 comments
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