Sermon Bonus – Encountering Jesus:  Living Water in the Wilderness

    This week, we looked at Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well in John 4. It’s interesting that this woman has acquired a reputation for immorality and promiscuity. It’s even more interesting how easy that narrative is to believe once you decide that’s her story. She’s been married five times, she’s Read the full article →

Sermon Bonus 3.5.17 – Encountering Jesus: Into the Wilderness

In Matthew 4, Jesus faces three temptations to rely on his own strength to elude suffering and to seize power for his own. It’s a temptation that we face every day. We make choices every day to ensure that we won’t have to feel weak or inferior; we’ve figured out ways to keep ourselves satisfied Read the full article →

Sermon Bonus 11.20.16 – “An Important Failure”

  In the sermon Sunday, I mentioned the poem by W.H. Auden called “Musee des Beaux Arts.”  In the poem, Auden talks about Pieter Bruegel’s painting, The Fall of Icarus.  In the painting, everyone is turning away from Icarus as he plunges into the sea.  To them, it simply wasn’t an “important failure.” When we Read the full article →

Sermon Bonus 9.18.16 – Amy on Good Stewardship

  On Sunday we completed our Stewardship Series by looking at the much maligned parable the Shrewd  Manager found in Luke 16:1-13. I relied heavily on the sermon of an 18th century Anglican priest John Wesley when I was preparing my message. His sermon on the Gospel passage is called “The Use of Money” and includes Read the full article →

9.4.16 Sermon Bonus: Luke 14:25-33

  Several people have asked me about the video I showed during my message last Sunday. You can watch this amazing social experiment here. As you watch it, two thoughts will enter into your mind. The first will be, “Wow, I can’t believe she is conforming to the group.” The second thought will be, “I would Read the full article →

7.24.16 Sermon Bonus: Malachi

Profit or Prophet? Throughout the minor prophets sermon series, we’ve been trying to emphasize that to speak with a prophetic voice does not mean that you put on a sandwich board and take a bullhorn with you to the food court at the Galleria.  Being a prophet is about helping others reimagine the world from Read the full article →

5.29.16 Sermon Bonus

  On Sunday on I preached on Galatians 1. I encourage you to listen to the heart of the Gospel message. I’ve included a small portion of my sermon below. “Not many believers realize it but you can believe in Jesus, the cross, the resurrection, the ascension and be completely distorted in your understanding of Read the full article →

Pentecost with Bishop Hunter

  We were honored to have Bishop Todd Hunter join Restoration for Pentecost Sunday. He preached on the amazing gift of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer. Whether you come from a church background that completely ignored or excessively emphasized the power of the Holy Spirit, he is essential in our relationship with God. Read the full article →

4.17.16 Sermon Bonus: This Story Begins and Ends in Joy

  I mentioned on Sunday that you need to follow @restoringall on Instagram.  You may recall that I showed a quote from J.R.R. Tolkien that was posted on Saturday:  “The birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus means that one day everything sad will come untrue.” Tolkien believed that one of the most amazing things about Read the full article →

3.20.16 Sermon Bonus, Pt. 3: The Glory

If you worshipped with us on Sunday you know that our service did not include a sermon due to unexpected time constraints. During Holy Week, we will be posting a series of three reflections on Luke 23, the narrative of Jesus’ crucifixion, that was intended as a Palm Sunday message.  We will look at these passages through Read the full article →

3.20.16 Sermon Bonus, Pt. 2: The Power

If you worshipped with us on Sunday you know that our service did not include a sermon due to unexpected time constraints. During Holy Week, we will be posting a series of three reflections on Luke 23, the narrative of Jesus’ crucifixion, that was intended as a Palm Sunday message.  We will look at these passages through Read the full article →

3.20.16 Sermon Bonus, Pt. 1: The Kingdom

If you worshipped with us on Sunday you know that our service did not include a sermon due to unexpected time constraints. During Holy Week, we will be posting a series of three reflections on Luke 23, the narrative of Jesus’ crucifixion, that was intended as a Palm Sunday message.  We will look at these passages through Read the full article →

Sermon Bonus 2.28.16: Daily Bread

  On Sunday during my message about “Daily Bread,” I referred to “The Weight of Glory” by C.S. Lewis and then joked that we refer to it so often that we should just go straight to the source and read it from the pulpit some Sunday morning. If you’ve never read “The Weight of Glory,” it’s a Read the full article →

Sermon Reflection: Jesus’ Mission Realized

We are in the middle of a sermon series called “The Mission of Jesus in the World.” We’ve read and heard from Amy about Jesus’ baptism and how his mission was revealed (Mat. 3:13-17). Then Jed preached on the passage of scripture about the Wedding at Cana (John 2:1-11) and how his mission is fully received. Read the full article →

01.24.2016 Sermon Bonus

Last Sunday, I talked a little bit about a pattern in the gospels–the people who really understand the mission of Jesus in the world are those who have felt his healing touch.  Usually, those who merely witness these events miss the meaning of the miracle.  They see grace unfolding right before them, but they get Read the full article →

1.10.2016 Sermon Bonus

  Last Sunday we looked at the story of Jesus’ baptism in Luke 3:15-18, 21-22. The beginning of Jesus ministry was marked by baptism with water and the descent of the Holy Spirit on him, making him “mighty in word and deed.” The sacrament of baptism also marks the beginning of our life in the Read the full article →

Sermon Bonus 12.13.15

Sunday morning we gathered together for a “worship in the park” service outside of Slate. The weather was slightly uncooperative so Kolby has provided the text to his sermon in case you were not able to catch all of it. Jesus is…All-Powerful Even without the candles lit, hopefully you still remember that we are in Advent, Read the full article →

12.06.15 Sermon Bonus

The day is getting closer and closer… the day when we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior. To my kids it’s not only Jesus’ birthday but also the day that Santa brings gifts. I know… now before you pull the “holy” card on me this is just the tension my family is living Read the full article →