Category: Featured

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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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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The God Who is God

One of my favorite parts of helping lead Starting Point , our three-week-course for getting connected at and becoming a Covenant Partner of HP Pres, is when we have people share their story of God's work in their life. Now, some of you might be getting sweaty palms and dry mouth just thinking about this! “You have to share what?” So let me reassure you a little: we give everyone a week to think through and write out their story on their own first. We tell them it’s... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 7/26/18
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The True King Has Landed: A Renewed Vision For Church Planting

In his classic introduction to the Christian Faith, C.S. Lewis makes this bold claim: “Christianity is the true story of how the rightful King has landed, you might say in disguise, and is calling us all to take part in his great campaign of sabotage.” I love that. At the heart of our faith is this proclamation that Jesus Christ came not to strut in power but to serve in humility and to give his life as a ransom for many ( Mark 10:45 ). As a result the Apostle Paul... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 7/19/18
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Unveiled Faces

I hope you can join us at Highland Park Pres this weekend as we begin our updated Sunday schedule , with worship gatherings at 8:45, 10, and 11:15 am. 8:45 and 11:15 am in the Sanctuary will be a more classical form of worship with music led by our choir. 10 am in the Sanctuary will be more contemporary in style, with music led by our Hall worship band. All Nations  worship will gather at 11:15 am in Alexander Hall, on the second floor of the Alexander building to the east of the... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 7/5/18
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June 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. June... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 6/28/18
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A Burning Bush

A burning bush. In itself, it’s not particularly unusual. The smallest spark can set a bush, a tree, even an entire forest ablaze, as we’ve sadly seen this summer in Durango. And yet the courageous Colorado firefighters still expect that when this fire runs out of fuel, it will burn out. But that’s what made the bush at Mt. Horeb so remarkable. Though the bush was on fire, it did not burn out ( Exodus 3:2 ). It defied the typical categories of explanation. This past... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 6/27/18
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Measured By Our Love

Like so many of you, I am saddened and disturbed by reports of families being separated at our border. Sometimes the cacophony of media voices and perspectives around such a politically charged issue as immigration policy can be overwhelming, and it can be hard to know how to respond. In such moments, the love of Jesus and the authority of Scripture provide Christians their true north. As I said this past Sunday, to be a Jesus church means we will be measured by our love for the very least... Read More
Posted by Zack House at 6/23/18
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Way To Go, Church!

To the 256 leaders and volunteers who invested in the lives of the next generation this week at VBS: THANK YOU! I’ve watched this week as you’ve put on display the love of Jesus for hundreds of kids to see, and I want you to know there is no greater joy as a pastor. Way to go, church! One of my VBS highlights: there was one breakout room that had a grandmother, her daughter, and her granddaughter all teaching together the same group of children. This is truly an... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 6/14/18
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You Are Not Your Own

One of my mentors in college was a history professor and country church pastor named Allen Koop. The son of the former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, Professor Koop taught an amazing class on the history of healthcare. One afternoon, he shared with our discussion group about all of the health issues and associated treatment costs that can arise from smoking. One of my classmates raised his hand and said, “With all due respect, I could care less about any of this. I like smoking.... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 6/7/18
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“If You Were A Sheep, What Would Be Your Name?”

Erin Walsh and I asked the four-year-old Sunday School class this question as few weeks ago. As you might imagine, names ranged from: Pink Princess to Bob, with lots of Fluffy’s in between. This past month in Early Childhood, we have been studying David’s famous words from Psalm 23 . It has been a joy watching the images of this Psalm seep into children’s hearts as they stomp around like sheep, pretend to lay down in luscious green grass and lap up cool, calm water. ... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 5/31/18
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New Sunday Schedule Update

It is an exciting time in the life of Highland Park Presbyterian Church. This fall, dirt will start flying on our Transform renovation project, which will enable our church family to better live out our vision for years to come. Since the beginning of April, we have been communicating what the nearly two-year rebuild of the Hunt building will mean for our Sunday morning worship schedule, beginning Sunday, July 8. Yes, that is less than two months away! If you have yet to see Bryan’s... Read More
at 5/24/18
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May 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. May Update... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 5/24/18
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Honor Thy Relationships

Yesterday, as we sat down for dinner as a family, I said to my kids, “Tell me one thing that happened today, your favorite thing!” There was silence around the table.  I said, “Wheeler, why don't you go first — favorite thing from today!” He exhaled painfully and said, “Dad, I can't remember.” Then I got a bit more sappy, “You know it makes daddy feel loved, and it helps daddy love you, when you’re willing to... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 5/17/18
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Waking Up To The Whole Gospel

We just finished a month-long journey into and through the most amazing story Jesus ever told, about a father and two lost sons (Luke 15:11-32) . There's a little detail in the parable where the prodigal son returns home and his father gives him the family ring (Luke 15:22) . This ring wasn't just a precious heirloom. It was the family signature ring, used to seal official documents. In giving him this ring, the Father is giving authority to his younger son to manage the rest of his... Read More
at 5/3/18
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Prodigal Father

It was never just a story about a prodigal son.  If you’ve been with us the last few weeks, we’ve been looking at the greatest parable Jesus ever told. The mastery of Jesus’ teaching is that we find ourselves caught up in the story. We identify with the characters, with their emotions, their responses, and their attitudes. And as much as we connect with the rebellious younger son or the rule-keeping older brother, the real point of this parable in Luke 15 is a... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 4/26/18
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April 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. April... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 4/25/18
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Keep It Simple

Sometimes we take really simple things and make them complicated. It’s like the universal remote at my dad’s house. (Doesn’t every dad seem to have a universal remote?) The whole point of the thing is to take 4 different remote controls and program them to run through this one touch-screen piece of technology. The only problem is, I can never get that technology to work! Sometimes we preachers can take a really simple truth, or a simple, powerful passage of scripture, and... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 4/19/18
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Transform Dallas

For the last three years, Highland Park Pres has helped lead an annual day of service called Transform Dallas, where thousands of people join together in more than 100 different projects to serve our city.  Transform Dallas was born out of a dream to see the church increasingly engaged in tangible acts of service, partnering with non-profits and local organizations, in a visible demonstration of the love of Jesus. Volunteers engage in activities such as painting, prayer walks,... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 4/12/18
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