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Am I a missionary?

The typical image of a missionary involves intrepid westerners venturing into unexplored territory, risking life and limb in the cause of reaching distant tribes in exotic locations. The names of the missionary heroes of the past immediately come to mind: William Carey in India, Adoniram Judson in Burma, David Livingstone in Africa, Hudson Taylor in China, Jim Elliot in Ecuador. Praise God...

Editors' note: The following post from Rev. Seth Starkey is part of a  blog series in conjunction with 2014 Mission Conference at FPC Jackson. 

2014 is off to the races for the Starkey family. This has been, without a doubt, the craziest 2 months of our lives. I arrived in Jackson on Monday, December 30 with all (well, nearly all) of my earthly possessions but without my pregnant...

After Exile

In tandem with our sermon series from the Book of Zechariah on Lord’s Day Evenings, we will be doing a series of short blog posts on the Post-Exilic Prophets, giving a brief introduction to some of their themes and messages. But for now, how about a brief introduction to this obscure little section of the Old Testament called the Post-Exilic Prophets? For starters, what in the world do...

Though being without a Senior Minister is not ideal, one of the blessings we have had lately is the presence of some very fine men filling the pulpit for us here at First Presbyterian Jackson. I have been thankful and blessed by every sermon here in 2014. This coming week is no exception. We are delighted to welcome The Reverend Paul Levy to our pulpit starting...

Every year during the month-long break between the fall and spring semesters, I try to read a biography or two (Admittedly, my default response when presented with extra leisure time is to fill it with more reading). This year, I am finishing up a short little biography on the English Presbyterian Matthew Henry (1662-1714). Most well-known for his Commentary on the Whole Bible and Method for Prayer, this short little biography...

Last night, First Presbyterian Church of Jackson hosted the 29th Annual Mid-South Men’s Rally. With just under 1000 men from all over Mississippi, Tennessee, Louisiana, Alabama, and beyond,  it was a great night full of biblical preaching,  thunderous hymn-singing, and warm fellowship. Most significantly, we were treated to two stirring expositions from God’s Word by the Rev. Sandy Willson, Senior Minister of Second Presbyterian Church in Memphis, TN.

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The theme for our Women in the Church this year has been, “His Love is the Theme of Our Song,” and it was inspired by the verses from Ephesians 3:16-19, “I pray that you…may have power…to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses all knowledge.”  All of our Bible studies, Circle Studies, programs, and...

Though it is true our dear friend Ligon Duncan is no longer our senior minister, I wanted to tell you something very exciting about his ministry to us. We have been working a long time getting the entire catalog of his preaching ministry during Ligon’s tenure as our senior minister available online. This project involves converting sermons stored on audio cassettes to a digital format. So far this...

As you are well aware, we have had several changes in staffing around here since January 1st. Along with Ligon leaving, we had to say goodbye to Billy Joseph last week. I wrote to you recently about Gary Sinclair joining the staff, and I am looking forward to you getting to know Gary and his family. Another change the New Year brought us here at First Presbyterian Church...

In October of 2002, after 21 years of serving with Reformed University Ministries, Billy Joseph joined the staff of First Presbyterian Jackson. For the last 11 years, Billy has faithfully served our church as the minister of congregational care.  For those members who decided to join First Presbyterian by way of the Inquirers class, Billy has been one of the first pastors here whom you have gotten to...