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Blog Entries from 2014

May

Pastor's Perspective on May 21, 2014

What a glorious night we had here at First Presbyterian Jackson this past Lord’s Day evening. It was an evening designed to bring praise and worship to our Lord Jesus Christ. It was an evening designed to celebrate together God’s gracious provision of a new Senior Minister. Celebrating and worshipping were exactly what we did as we installed David Strain to his new office of Senior Minister.

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Pastor's Perspective on May 14, 2014

This is part two of a two-part Pastor’s Perspective on how to benefit from preaching. Part one ran in the May 7 issue of The First Epistle.   2.   Commit! We live in a day of constant busyness and activity. The kids have sporting events and extracurricular activities that demand our time, often over weekends. Work requires us to be away sometimes. And on top of that...

Pastor's Perspective on May 7, 2014

This is part one of a two-part Pastor’s Perspective.  Look for part two in next week’s First Epistle.   Having taken time to address the priority of prayer in the life of the church in general, and the importance of the prayer meeting in particular, last time, I thought it might be useful to think about the centrality of preaching this time.  My interest here is...

April

Pastor's Perspective on Apr 30, 2014

One of the great highlights on my calendar every year is the Twin Lakes Fellowship. The Fellowship is an annual pastors’ fraternal, offered free to pastors and elders, church planters and missionaries from around the country. It is one of the best ministries of our church, impacting many thousands for the kingdom through your generosity. This year was a wonderful time of worship and study, reflection and fellowship...

Blog Entry on Apr 24, 2014

Over the next few months, thousands of students in the Jackson area will graduate from high school and start the rest of their lives. Are they prepared? Can they flourish? Can we say that Christian men and women are leaving our churches and ministries equipped for life after high school? I’m not specifically talking about graduates being prepared for difficult professors and stressful job interviews. But the question...

Pastor's Perspective on Apr 23, 2014

Dear Friends,

It has been a strange season in the life of First Presbyterian Church. Over the last week or so, there have been glorious highpoints and sweet seasons of grace, and there have been times of deep sorrow and grief. We’ve had the joy of Easter Sunday, where, amidst a packed sanctuary, we celebrated the resurrection of our Lord from the grave. This...

Blog Entry on Apr 17, 2014

The thrust of Haggai is essentially this: The restoration of the Lord’s house by the people of God will mediate God’s presence. After the Exile, the Lord is renewing his promises to his people and calls on them to finish rebuilding the temple so that he might be with them and fulfill his promises to bless the whole world through them (2:9), particularly through the Messiah from the...

March

Blog Entry on Mar 19, 2014

To the Congregation of First Presbyterian Church

I am writing on behalf of the nine-person Pulpit Search Committee: Ned Currie, Beverly Harmon, Paul Hurst, Laura Husband, Ben Roberson, Jerry Shivers, Bill Stone, Danny Story and myself. The Committee is very excited about our unanimous recommendation to you to call David Strain as the next senior minister of First Presbyterian Church.

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Pastor's Perspective on Mar 12, 2014

I am so pleased with the announcement that David Strain has been unanimously nominated by our Pulpit Committee to be our next Senior Minister at First Presbyterian Church. This will now be put to a vote by the congregation on March 30 and is subject to Presbytery approval on May 6. I am absolutely confident the Pulpit Committee worked hard and reached the correct decision. The following was...

Blog Entry on Mar 12, 2014

The thrust of Zechariah is essentially this: After the discipline of the Exile, Zechariah declares that God is renewing his commitment to restore Judah as his treasured people.

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Blog Entry on Mar 7, 2014

On Thursday, February 27th, David Robertson and Ted Ammon debated the question of whether or not someone can be morally good without God.  From the Christian perspective, it was a treat to see Robertson, a fellow believer, using the opportunity to major on man’s sin, which ultimately pointed those of us in the room to the need for a gracious God to provide a Savior.

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February

Blog Entry on Feb 28, 2014

Going on a mission trip for the first time can be daunting, especially if it is to a foreign field where you don't know the language or customs. Just thinking of the strange food you'll eat, strange bed you'll be sleeping in, the cultural faux pas you might make, or even the dangers that you may face, can be enough to give you serious doubts about going. The...

Blog Entry on Feb 28, 2014

The following posts are part of the blog series "The Harvest is Plentiful", and was done in conjunction with 2014 Mission Conference at FPC Jackson. Clink on the links below to read the entire series.

Pt. 1 "First Month of Ministry at RUF Belhaven" by Rev. Seth Starkey, RUF Belhaven

Pt. 2 "Am I Missionary?" by Rev. David Strain, Minister of Teaching and Mission, FPC Jackson...

Blog Entry on Feb 27, 2014

My mom tells me that when I was born she would hide my face in public. True story! She couldn't handle the grimacing looks people gave when they saw me. Apparently, I was so hideous that she took very few pictures of me as an infant. This was mostly due to a massive stork bite that rested right between my eyes. I know you're thinking, "O bless his...

Blog Entry on Feb 25, 2014

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...

Blog Entry on Feb 24, 2014

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

Blog Entry on Feb 18, 2014

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...

Pastor's Perspective on Feb 13, 2014

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...

Blog Entry on Feb 7, 2014

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...

Blog Entry on Feb 1, 2014

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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