Foundations of the Faith

  • Posted on Fri 4, Sept. 2015

Foundations of the Faith is a ten-week course that explores the essentials of the Christian faith and offers a clear explanation of what the Bible teaches.

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Men's and Women's Fall Bible Studies

  • Posted on Fri 28, Aug. 2015

All men and women are invited to join our weekly bible studies that meet in The Venue either on Thursday mornings or on Monday or Tuesday evenings. Our study is titled "God's Unfolding Story: A History of Salvation."

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Men's 2015 Golf Classic

  • Posted on Tue 25, Aug. 2015

Event information

Hawthorne Valley Country Club

Start Time:
Mon 5, Oct. 2015, 8:30 a.m.

End Time:
Mon 5, Oct. 2015, 3 p.m.

All men are invited to the 2015 Golf Classic at Hawthorne Valley Country Club.

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Help Make a Big Place a Little Smaller

  • Posted on Fri 21, Aug. 2015

Help make a big place a little smaller.

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Ministry Opportunities: Children's Ministry Volunteers

  • Posted on Fri 7, Aug. 2015

The mission is simple: to see unbelieving children become committed followers of Jesus Christ.

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Kids of the Kingdom is now Mission Kids

  • Posted on Fri 31, July 2015

How can children know and love Christ? How can they go and tell others the Good News?

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Sojourners' Pennsylvania Excursion 2015

  • Posted on Fri 24, July 2015

Event information

Overnight trip to Pennsylvania

Start Time:
Thu 1, Oct. 2015, 6 a.m.

End Time:
Fri 2, Oct. 2015, 7:30 p.m.

Join us October 1 and 2 for a trip to the wonderful Sight & Sound Millennium Theatre in Strasburg, Pennsylvania, to see the production of "Joseph."

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High School Youth Ministry Trip: Musselburgh, Scotland

  • Posted on Fri 17, July 2015

Every two years, our high school student ministry embarks on a short-term international missions trip.

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Parkside Bolivia 2015 Dental Team Update and Photos

  • Posted on Wed 15, July 2015

Parkside Church has been sending short term dental teams to Bolivia since 2004, to partner with Parkside missionaries Kep and Debbie James. In May, 2015 the latest team of seven made their way 5,000 miles south to LaPaz, Bolivia.

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Book Recommendation: Note to Self: The Discipline of Preaching to Yourself

  • Posted on Fri 3, July 2015

by Joe Thorn, with review by Matt McAlvey

I have a pattern of reading a couple of chapters from the Bible on a regular basis, but I also find it refreshing to shake up my routine by dipping into the devotional thoughts of someone else. 

One of the wise friends that I turn to is Joe Thorn and his book, “Note To Self.” This book is a brief collection of two-page reflections about the discipline of preaching to yourself by which Thorn means, “the personal act of applying the law and the gospel to our own lives with the aim of experiencing the transforming grace of God leading to ongoing faith, repentance, and greater godliness.” 

Thorn writes chapter titles that catch my eye and draw me in. Two of my favorites are “Know Your Idols” and “Don’t Be a Fan Boy.” I appreciate this book because it helps me see myself more accurately and see the alluring beauty of Jesus. I hope that you find the same to be true, too.

You can pick up your copy of Note to Self at Books by the Park. For more book recommendations to help you build your personal library, please visit our website.

About the Author

Joe Thorn (MDiv, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is the founding and lead pastor of Redeemer Fellowship in St. Charles, Illinois. He is an active blogger at JoeThorn.net, a contributor to The Story ESV Bible and The Mission of God Study Bible, and the author of Note to Self: The Discipline of Preaching to Yourself and Experiencing the Trinity: The Grace of God for the People of God. He and his wife, Jen, have four children.

About the Reviewer

Matt McAlvey joined Parkside's team in July 2001, and is leading Parkside's next church plant, Parkside Church Westside, in Lakewood, Ohio. Matt met his wife, Beth, in their junior year of high school during chemistry class. They have three sons, Titus, Graham, and Carter. And, despite hailing from Michigan, Matt confesses that he has become a Cleveland Browns fan. Please pray that his heart will soften when it comes to rooting for Ohio State.

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