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 →

Reflecting God’s Welcome

Walker Percy is quoted as saying… “We love those who know the worst of us and don’t turn their faces away.”  Isn’t that a beautiful description of who God is and how he views us. Time and time again we read in scripture how God knows us: “But now thus says the Lord, he who Read the full article →

Birthday Surprise

Wow! I can’t believe I never saw it coming. What a wonderful surprise to celebrate both my own fortieth birthday and Restoration’s birthday this past Sunday. You all are pretty sneaky! I really had no idea that Sunday was going to be anything more than our annual church celebration. And what a celebration it was! Read the full article →

Restoration’s 7th Birthday Wish

Restoration’s birthday is quickly approaching! October 16th is the day we will celebrate our seventh year as a church. Yes, seven years! Seven is a significant number in scripture and in the life of Restoration. As I think back on our time in ministry together, I am so grateful and blessed to see the hands Read the full article →

We Join God in the Restoration of Our City

Joining God in the restoration of all things is our mission at Restoration. And for all of us who keep our eyes open, looking for the Kingdom of God, you will know that the Kingdom is not only in the future but already happening in the present (Mk. 1). Since the Kingdom of God is Read the full article →

City Stories: Network Ministries

Becky Farnsworth has been a volunteer for Network the past five years, working primarily in the Food Pantry and during the “Santa Land” Toy Distribution. This was Becky’s first year working the Back to School event. She shares a little about her experience below: First I wanted to update you all on Network business. We received $100.00 cash for Read the full article →

What should we do in a time of tragedy?

“The World Teetering between Tragedies” “Tragedies; direct affronts to our humanity, an insult to all who care about liberty, justice,  and the value of human life.” “Tragedy ignored today will be on our doorstep tomorrow.” These are three taglines that have stayed with me this week. 1 Corinthians 12:26 says: If one member suffers, all suffer Read the full article →

City Stories: Refugees in Dallas

I need to share an experience from my week with you. My day started off as just an ordinary summer Tuesday, with emails, phone calls, and scheduled appointments scattered throughout my day. Little did I know my day would become anything but ordinary. The ordinary became the extraordinary for me when Amy Flickinger and I knocked on Read the full article →

Rising Temperatures & Respect

Let me explain:  Over the last several days, I have been yelled at over the phone by two different people while asking for services I needed. Verbal bashings are not something I’m familiar with. I cannot remember the last time someone yelled at me! So back to my question, does the rising mercy have anything Read the full article →

World Refugee Day

1 in every 113 people in the world is currently a refugee.  In 2015 a record number of people, 65.3 million, were living displaced from their homes. A refugee could be someone from Syria fleeing from war or from Central American escaping drug gang violence or from South Sudan forced to leave because of famine. Read the full article →

Thrown into the World

Martin Heidegger, the German philosopher, coined a term which happens to be one of my favorite German words: Geworfenheit. The literal translation of the word is “being thrown into the world.” This philosophy was one of Heidegger main interests: being present in-the-world. Not only do I think it’s fun to say but as a follower Read the full article →

New Season at Restoration

If you are anything like me, you sometimes realize that your life is stuck in a rut. Day after day of following the same routine, eating the same food, and thinking the same thoughts makes life boring. It also eventually will cause your life to become unbalanced. The same thing can happen in our common life Read the full article →

Community Groups

A new season of Community Groups begins this month! If you haven’t participated in a Community Group and you are wondering what they are all about here is what you need to know! What are Community Groups?  Community Groups meet in homes to study the Bible, pray, and deepen relationships with each other. Groups include Read the full article →