Overflowing Thankfulness

A few years ago when my children were much younger, I read Winnie the Pooh stories to them and found a quote from the book that has made its way deep into my heart. Perhaps it was the way A. A. Milne introduces real life “adult” lessons through a children’s story or perhaps it’s the Read the full article →

Creating Advent Traditions

I’m sure you have beloved Christmas traditions that you can’t wait to keep with friends and family during this time of year. Almost everyone can recount in detail the exact order of events in their childhood home on Christmas Eve or morning. For me, I always half-listened to the nativity story from the book of Read the full article →

Is Your Family Tech-Wise?

Some of you may know this, but I really, really love Andy Crouch. He is one of maybe a handful of Christian voices who writes with confidence and clarity about what it means to live a kingdom-centered life in our present context. His books aren’t filled with wispy abstractions—he genuinely seeks to offer wisdom that Read the full article →

Thursday Share: How to Think

I’ve been a big fan of Alan Jacobs since I took a class from him back in college. Since then, Dr. Jacobs has moved to Baylor and become a prominent Christian intellectual. Like C.S. Lewis (about whom Jacobs has written a great biography), Jacobs doesn’t cloister himself away with his fellow scholars, writing books beyond Read the full article →

The Mind of Christ

There are a lot of troubling things going on in the news today:  a boat of women and children capsizes while fleeing from Myanmar, tensions between the United States and North Korea are escalating, Mexico City is in ruins after an earthquake, a Guatemalan mudslide kills several people, the commonwealth of Puerto Rico is without Read the full article →

Magnitude and Direction

Recently, among my usual grab bag of sermon illustrations, I mentioned Despicable Me, a movie adored by my boys (OK, fine, and me). The film’s villain is named Vector, because—as he explains with enthusiasm—he commits crimes with both direction and magnitude. Jesus asked his disciples a crucial question: who do you say that I am? Read the full article →

Rising Water Have Created Saturated Hearts of Compassion

If you are like me and you’ve seen pictures of Hurricane Harvey or have listened to the news, you just can’t help but feel compassion for the victims who have lost so much. The fact is though we might sympathize with their suffering, the truth of the matter is we do not have an idea Read the full article →

Fall Fiesta Preview

School has started and fall is almost here, though I see that nobody told the weather. At Restoration this means that we are beginning the Church Season with a celebration to gather everyone after the summer and renew our commitment to the life together within the church. Following worship on Sunday we invite everyone to Read the full article →

Tell Me Your Story

This summer I have read more books than usual and they have all been memoirs and biographies. My husband is an English teacher and, I must admit, has much more sophisticated literary tastes than my own. He can make an articulate and well-reasoned argument for reading widely in all genres of literature but when it Read the full article →

New Position for Kolby at LeaderWorks

In addition to serving as a priest for the Restoration congregation, Kolby Kerr has accepted an assistant director position with LeaderWorks, an organization that provides training and support to ministry leaders. We want to share Kolby’s announcement from the LeaderWorks blog with Restoration so that we can all congratulate and support him in this new endeavor. Read the full article →

Our City: Ministering to Refugees Part II

Justin McGee continues his talk about how Restoration became involved with the refugee ministry. Part I of his article can be found here. Please note that some names have been changed for privacy.  In April of 2015, two of the members of the refugee team arrived at the airport late one night to pick-up the “Alm” family Read the full article →

Sermon Bonus: Dependence

  Ok, so it was Independence Day on Tuesday. I hope you celebrated safely—I have some brothers-in-law who may lose a finger one of these years. As I mentioned on Sunday, it is right and appropriate to celebrate the freedoms that are afforded to us as Americans. It is even more appropriate to remember and Read the full article →

Our City: Ministering to Refugees Part I

Justin McGee talks about how Restoration began their involvement with Refugees. This will be a two part article. Restoration has a very simple, yet clear mission: to join God in the restoration of our life, church, and city. As we began to pray about how to develop and implement this vision in the life of our Read the full article →

Our City: Be the Light

This week on June 21st we had the longest day of the year. I’m not talking about your work day but the longest amount of sunlight in a twenty-four hour period. It’s known as Summer Solstice or midsummer. This day occurs when the earth’s geographic pole is closest toward the sun.  For the northern hemisphere Read the full article →

Our City: Fellowship of Hope Mentoring

Trinity Sunday’s charge- the Great Commission: “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matthew 28: 18-19) One aspect of our church that I love is that so many Read the full article →

Keep the Feast: Looking Up

In the first chapter of Acts, Luke records the bodily ascension of Jesus. The ascension is an important moment for many reasons, but it’s a healthy reminder of a couple realities that we can miss if we aren’t paying attention. First, the ascension reminds us that the resurrection wasn’t just a stall tactic. Jesus raised Read the full article →

Restoration Recommends: “How Dallas Became One Of America’s Most Refugee-Friendly Cities”

Recently, Anne Helen Peterson, a Senior Culture writer for Buzzfeed.com, wrote an article featuring Gateway of Grace and their work with refugees in the Dallas area. Several members from Restoration were also interviewed for the article. Check out her great write-up on how Dallas has become one of the most refugee-friendly cities!

Restoration Recommends: I Wanted to Know More About God

In the next few weeks, Ascension Day (May 24) and Pentecost (June 4) mark the end of Jesus’ earthly ministry and the beginning of the Church. We’ll be learning about these in children’s lessons on Sundays, but they also provide a unique opportunity to discuss common childhood (and adult!) questions like “Where is God?”, “Why can’t I see Read the full article →