Christianity & Liberalism

Christianity & Liberalism

Dear HLPC family,

This year is the 60th anniversary of the publication of the book Christianity and Liberalism by J. Gresham Machen.  Dr. Machen was the founder of Westminster Seminary in Philadelphia and one of the early leaders in the founding of a sister denomination, the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC). 

Machen was a staunch advocate for Biblical truth and for the Reformed faith.  His book, first published in 1923, is still very applicable.  The February issue of Tabletalk magazine, published by Ligonier Ministries, focuses on his life and work. 

A very interesting bit of Machen history is that his mother’s family was from Macon.  Some of you with a history in Macon will recognize the Gresham name from a school named for Machen’s maternal grandfather who served as Mayor of the city.  The 1842 Inn in Macon was once the home of Machen’s grandparents, and he spent his summers there.  Most interestingly for us Presbyterians is that his grandfather served for 40 years as the Clerk of Session for First Presbyterian Church in Macon.

This Sunday evening we will have a worship service at 6PM.  We’ll sing some hymns, enjoy fellowship, and I want to preach on Acts 20:13-38 including some of the concerns Machen raises in his book, Christianity and Liberalism.  I hope it encourages and equips us.

Please come and bookend your Lord’s Day with worship and fellowship this Sunday!

Your Pastor,


Paul Bankson

Paul was born and raised in Birmingham, AL and graduated from Auburn University in 1986 with a degree in Business Administration. It was at Auburn that he met his wife, Connie. They were married in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and moved to Jackson, MS where he attended Reformed Theological Seminary graduating with a Master of Divinity in 1991. Upon graduation, Paul served as a Campus Minister with RUF, the campus ministry of the PCA, at Tennessee-Martin where the Banksons lived for 5 years. They moved to Macon, GA in 1996 to work with RUF at Mercer University and then Paul joined the pastoral staff at First Presbyterian Church of Macon as an Assistant Pastor in 1999. In 2004, Paul and his family moved to Warner Robins where he served as a church planter and then organizing Pastor of Houston Lake Presbyterian Church. In December 2014 Paul completed a Doctor of Ministry degree through Reformed Theological Seminary of Orlando. Paul and Connie have three sons, Andrew (23), Stephen (20), and Matthew (15). Paul enjoys grilling, camping with his family, and Auburn sports (War Eagle!).