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 →

Keep the Feast: 7-Weeks of Celebration

This article was originally written by Robin and posted on her personal blog page.  It’s no mistake that Lent lasts for 6 weeks, but Easter lasts for 7. The church calendar is designed to invite us into celebration, not just repentance. Celebrating for small ways for seven weeks gives congregations and families an opportunity to engage with the Read the full article →

Keep the Feast: I Belong to Jesus

From the very beginning the church has paired baptism with Easter, baptizing new Christians on Easter Day. But even if it has been years since your baptism, Easter is the perfect opportunity to explore what baptism means and why it is cause for celebration. Worship scholar Robert Webber wrote in his book Ancient-Future Time: Forming Read the full article →

Keep the Feast: 50 Days of Easter

In the Anglican church we speak of Easter as a season and not just a day. The Easter season, or Eastertide, lasts for 50 days and takes us from Jesus’ resurrection to his ascension to the right hand of the Father and then concludes with the sending of the Holy Spirit to the Church the Read the full article →

How We Remember

I’m sure there are a few important dates that remain on your calendar year after year. There are happy days like birthdays, wedding anniversaries, and reminders of major life changes. And there may be a few sad days as well, like the anniversary of the death of a loved one that likely is not marked Read the full article →