March (Family) Madness

I’ve heard people say that they don’t watch college basketball until March Madness begins because, interestingly enough, there’s something about filling out that bracket with your friends or office pool that suddenly makes you care who wins, and every game becomes a big deal. It’s amazing that when we lean into something, even with as little action as filling out a bracket, that our affections start to get involved. We start to care for players and coaches, even though... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at Thursday, March 23, 2017 | 1 comments
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Longing for Hope

In his book Mere Christianity , C.S. Lewis writes the following about hope: "Most people, if they had really learned to look into their own hearts, would know that they do want, and want acutely, something that cannot be had in this world. There are all sorts of things that offer to give it to you, but they never quite keep their promise. The longings which arise in us when we first fall in love, or first think of some foreign country, or first take up some subject that excites us,... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at Thursday, March 16, 2017 | 0 comments
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Going Public

This is what transformation looks like in public. The first thing Jesus did when he began his public ministry is the first thing he invites us to do when we begin a relationship with him. Baptism is how we mark and then make known what Jesus has done in raising us to new life. At Highland Park Pres, it is our deep joy to celebrate life change, and it’s an honor to have the opportunity to share in that celebration with those who wish to be baptized on Easter Sunday. If you want to... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at Thursday, March 9, 2017 | 0 comments
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Transforming Together

"If one day this church disappeared, would our city notice?” Someone once shared this question with me, as a challenging reminder that the church always exists for the flourishing of our city and the world.   Over the past year we have established a growing friendship with Wil McCall, the executive director of the Dallas Leadership Foundation (DLF), to help ensure that the answer to that question is a resounding yes. For three decades, Rev. McCall has committed his life to... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at Thursday, February 23, 2017 | 1 comments
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What was the last book you literally could not put down? This past summer, I read The Boys in the Boat , an account of the 1936 U.S. Men's Olympic Rowing Team. It's a story of resilience, teamwork, and overcoming unthinkable odds. I'm thrilled that we will be hosting the author, Daniel James Brown, as he speaks next Wednesday at our annual Carolyn Brown Literary Series event. ( You can register here ). I want to share with you one lasting image from his book: There is... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at Thursday, February 16, 2017 | 1 comments
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It's Not Me, It's You

I can't believe it's already that time of year, when we're bombarded with ads for the ideal Valentine's gift. My favorite of all time may be the International Star Registry —you can literally name a star after your special someone. Nothing spells romance like being able to look up in the sky and say, “ honey, that one's named after you!”  (That's a hypothetical line I haven't used it with Ali...yet.) My wife and I don't make a big... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at Thursday, February 9, 2017 | 0 comments
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Becoming the Beloved

Sometimes you have this sense during a sermon that the preacher is talking directly to you. I had one of those moments last Sunday during John Ortberg's message when he said, “stop praying that the people in your life would become more lovable, and start asking God to make you a more loving person.” Mic drop.  I've been thinking this week about how often I'd rather wait for the other person to change, rather than delight in the privilege of loving someone... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at Thursday, February 2, 2017 | 2 comments
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Everybody's Normal

The first time I heard John Ortberg preach was in the Sanctuary of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, just down the road from my dorm room at Stanford. A friend dragged me to the 8 am service, an ungodly hour for a college freshman. The Bible was still new territory for me, but the way Ortberg opened up the text – with depth, humor, and a winsome transparency about his own struggles – stirred in me a passion for Jesus and a hunger to know his Word. I can't wait to sit... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at Thursday, January 26, 2017 | 1 comments
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So Close to Power

Last month, I was researching and reading about some areas of technology that are changing from day-to-day. The advances are very intriguing, and I find new apps and gadgets fascinating, especially when it can make a fun and wonderful difference in our daily activities. For example, one reviewer of a household tech toy gave examples of how one device could play music, locate other devices, control smart items in the house and much more. They concluded their review writing,... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at Wednesday, January 25, 2017 | 0 comments
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It's Okay To Not Be Okay

Recently the founding pastor of a well-known megachurch stepped down from his position. As he shared this stunning news with his church on a Sunday morning, there was no mention of a moral failure or a bitter leadership divide. He simply said, "Leaders who lead on empty don’t lead well. For some time, I’ve been leading on empty."  He went on to share this with his church: "We’ve said that this is a community where it’s okay to not be okay, and... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at Thursday, January 19, 2017 | 7 comments
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