a blog of articles, stories and ideas from your friends at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas.
Welcome to our blog. Contrary to what you might think, the picture above was not taken at a recent Westminster Session meeting. Being a congregation of the Presbyterian Church, USA, we embrace the role of women in the leadership of our church. You will also find far fewer mustaches and more smiles among our members. The picture actually depicts the one hundred and twenty-one Puritan clergymen who met at Westminster Abbey in 1643 to discuss, debate and reduce their thoughts to writings that would serve to reform the Church of England. The Westminster Confession of Faith was one of these writings. The Confession still serves as one of the standard texts of the Church of Scotland, and it remains influential within Presbyterian churches across the world, including our own.
Oscar Wilde said that "an idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all." Indeed, what would our world be like without dangerous ideas such as: "All men are created equal," "Love your neighbor as yourself," or "Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy." Not all ideas are big or world changing, but Presbyterians generally like to share ideas and Westminster is no different. If you've spent some time with us, you already know that we like discussion and we make room for differences of opinion and even doubts. We are a safe place to wonder aloud about the mysteries of this world and the God we all want to understand better. We hope you will find our posts to be interesting, insightful and sometimes humorous. Please check back often and consider dropping by some Sunday to share your "dangerous ideas" with us in person.
Published on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 @ 11:23 AM CDT
Heavenly Father, I pray that love will abound in my church,
that we will grow in knowledge of You
so that we will be pure and blameless before you.
I ask you to develop a spirit of love and unity in my church,
And that you will allow me to model Christian love
to others in my church. (I Cor. 13)
Published on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 @ 12:17 PM CDT