PCPC Bookstore Update: May 2017
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Dear PCPC Bookstore Insider,

In this special edition of the monthly Bookstore email we want to introduce you, your friends, coworkers, and family members to a unique yet little known opportunity here at PCPC. The Pegasus Fellowship is an intensive program that invites one to grow theologically, devotionally, and practically for the good of our city. One aspect of the program involves reading and discussing great books. Blake Schwarz has highlighted some of them for us.

Blake, who has his Masters of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary, was Dean of The Cambridge School before coming to work at PCPC full time to develop The Pegasus Fellowship under our PCPC@Work umbrella. Learn more about The Pegasus Fellowship or apply for the next cohort (deadline is May 15) at www.pegasusfellowship.com.

Pegasus Picks


Celebration of Discipline

by Richard Foster


In the fellows program we want to develop spiritual disciplines that can be carried with us all over the city. As we engage in these practices we rely mostly on Richard Foster’s Celebration of Discipline. The disciplines have been traditionally categorized as “disciplines of abstinence” and “disciplines of engagement.” Foster arranges them as Inward, Outward and Corporate. For the purpose of the fellows’ curriculum, I categorize them as disciplines for personal renewal, disciplines for community renewal, and disciplines for cultural renewal.


Confessions of St. Augustine

by Augustine of Hippo


In this classic work Augustine presents to us a model of self-reflection that examines the situations, incorporates his emotions, and applies the word of God. Through his uncanny attentiveness to life and Scripture, Augustine develops the critical understanding of disordered desires and how that leads to idolatry. Our problem, he concludes, is not our desires, but the ordering of our desires and the relative strength of those desires. Lusts are those good desires that we desire too much, over and against our greatest desire to love God and neighbor.


Creation Regained: Biblical Basics for a Reformational Worldview

by Albert M. Wolters


Wolters helps unpack the profound significance of creation, fall, and redemption, particularly with respect to how our faith impacts our view of the world and our sense of calling in it. He allows the reader to see how our faith is indeed life-encompassing. At a pivotal point in the book he says, “All of this has been preparation for making the basic point that the redemption achieved by Jesus Christ is cosmic in the sense that it restores the whole creation.”


Dallas: A History of Big D

by Michael V. Hazel


In this concise overview, Hazel examines the city’s roots as a frontier market town, its development as a regional transportation center, and its growing pains as it entered the twentieth century. Ku Klux Klan dominance in the 1920s is chronicled, as well as the half-century of control by an elite group of businessmen. The narrative concludes with a look at today’s city, struggling with issues of diversity.


Every Good Endeavor

by Timothy Keller


As many of you know, Timothy Keller has been one of the leading voices in the modern faith and work discussion. In his book Every Good Endeavor, Keller highlights one of the most important aspects of the faith and work discussion by focusing on the Creation–Fall–Redemption paradigm. After all, “People cannot make sense of anything without attaching it to a storyline…if you get the story wrong, your response will be wrong.”


He Shines in All That’s Fair



Mouw helps us understand the idea of commonness, i.e. what is common between all of humanity, Christian and non-Christian alike. Functionally, we cannot operate in this world if we try to think differently about non-Christians than about ourselves. Many see the antithesis between elect and non-elect or church and world, but Mouw wants us to see it as an antithesis between sin and grace. After all, we all suffer from the effects of sin.


Lectures on Calvinism

by Abraham Kuyper


Kuyper is probably most well known for developing the concept of sphere sovereignty. This series of lectures given at Princeton Theological Seminary in 1898 represents some of his clearest thinking on the specific spheres of religion, science, politics, and the arts. His most famous line “Oh, no single piece of our mental world is to be hermetically sealed off from the rest, and there is not a square inch in the whole dominion of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry: ‘Mine!’”


Life Together

by Dietrich Bonhoeffer


There are many things that I love about Bonhoeffer’s work but the call to community is probably the greatest, "So the Christian, too, belongs not in the seclusion of a cloistered life but in the thick of foes." Nevertheless, he balances this call with practical wisdom: “Let him who cannot be alone beware of community…Let him who is not in community beware of being alone.”


Surprised by Hope

by N.T. Wright


N.T. Wright develops a deeper and richer understanding of heaven and the kingdom of God. He helps us understand our role in it as we process our calling alongside of His work, “We do not ‘build the kingdom’ all by ourselves, but we do build for the kingdom. All that we do in faith, hope, and love in the present, in obedience to our ascended Lord and in the power of his Spirit, will be enhanced and transformed at his appearing.”


For those who would like to read the coursework but may not have time to participate in a cohort at present, most of these texts can be found in our Bookstore.

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