The Rest of the Story

We are well rehearsed in the most of the details the birth of Jesus or at least the ones that would appear in a Nativity play. In this familiar scene the infant Jesus is softly glowing and surrounded by his mother Mary and Joseph. There are sheep, shepherds, and gentle barnyard animals adoring the baby. Read the full article →

Singing the Advent Collects

I am always glad to say that Anglicans are prayerful people. Our personal and corporate worship is shaped by the Book of Common Prayer, literally a collection of trusted prayers and readings from the Bible that we can all use together. And we have names for the specific types of prayers we use in worship. Read the full article →

What can I say about the Incarnation?

I recently acquired a children’s board book that teaches Christian doctrine. I bought it because it had bright, charming illustrations and I’m a sucker for anything that introduces my children to Jesus. Like learning a second language, I imagine that learning about Jesus as early as possible will set you up for success in the Read the full article →

The Magnificat for #metoo

It have watched the #metoo movement unfold this year in stunned awe. From the allegations of workplace sexual harassment earlier in the year to the avalanche of #metoo stories on social media in October to Time Magazine’s person of the year cover story featuring “The Silence Breakers” who inspired women and men around the world Read the full article →

A Return to Wonder

It is almost that time of year again. I say almost because although the advertisements and store displays would tell us we are smack dab in the middle of the season, Christmas has yet to arrive. I have a difficult time relating to the Christmas season, like most adults in our hyper-commercialized culture. It’s hard Read the full article →

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 →