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 →

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 →

Anglican 101: What is Holy Week?

Holy Week is the name for the final week of Lent before Easter. It may also be called Passion (meaning suffering) Week, referring to Jesus’ betrayal, torture, and crucifixion. This year it begins on Palm Sunday, April 9 and ends on Holy Saturday, April 15. It is a significant part of the Church Year for Christians because Read the full article →

What Kind of Fast Does the Lord Choose?

Today is the first day of Lent and the beginning of a 40 day season of preparation to restore and renew us for the joy of the resurrection when we reach Easter on April 16. Anglicans follow three disciplines during the Lenten season: prayer, fasting, and giving to those in need. These three practices are Read the full article →

Trial and error when writing a Rule of Life

I can’t say exactly when over the past several years I first heard about creating a rule of life but I was instantly attracted to the idea. I am by nature a rule follower:  I stick to the speed limit, I carefully weigh and measure my ingredients when cooking, and I read the directions before Read the full article →

We Welcome Refugees

Restoration is deeply committed to welcoming refugees. We say this because we believe that God has always called his people to welcome refugees. All of scripture puts the radical hospitality of God on display, from his command to the Israelites that “the foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself” Read the full article →

Restoration Recommends: The Season of the Nativity

When The Season of the Nativity: Confessions and Practices of an Advent, Christmas, & Epiphany Extremist by Sybil MacBeth arrived in the mail I was thrilled, 1) because it is a fabulous book full of lovely ideas for celebrating the season and 2) because I have been called an extremist (or Advent Grinch or Captain Read the full article →

Watch: It is always Advent

This week our sermon text and readings from the Advent for Everyone devotional have all been Jesus’ teachings about his second coming. These scripture passages may seem far from the familiar nativity narrative about angels and shepherds but they are a call for the Church to watch for the return of Jesus. This article about Read the full article →

A Tale of Two Christmases

Last year I had a passing conversation with one of my neighbors on the afternoon of Christmas Eve. She said, “Well, we’ve got to go do Christmas so I can take the tree down.” I continued on my way to prepare for Restoration’s Christmas Eve service later that evening but I was truly puzzled by Read the full article →

Do Not Fear

Many Americans are reporting that they feel considerable anxiety about the upcoming election. According to the American Psychological Association around 52 percent of people surveyed said the election “is a very or somewhat significant” source of stress. Never have two candidates for president been so disliked, even reviled, by the Americans they hope to convince Read the full article →

What we mean by “Fitting In”

Last Sunday Kolby kicked off a new sermon series called “Fitting In” based on 1 Peter. We carefully selected this book of the Bible for the Church Season at Restoration because the ideas in our Community Group study on Jamie Smith’s book You Are What You Love beautifully dovetail with the message of the Apostle 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 →

Restoration Recommends: Assimilate or Go Home

Assimilate or God Home: Notes from a Failed Missionary on Rediscovering Faith by D.L. Mayfield. I have spent much of my life loving the idea of doing good, for the sake of the kingdom of God, of course, but also as a part of a deeply ingrained plan for self-improvement. I’ve admired adventurous missionaries, self-sacrificing urban Read the full article →

There are no solitary polar explorers

Over a decade ago I experienced what I can only call a kind of second conversion. I was a “just me and Jesus” kind of Christian, tired of less spiritually passionate pew-sitters bogging down my my recklessly individualized spiritual walk with God. A wise teacher broke through my personalized approach to Christianity when he said, Read the full article →

Thursday Share: Are We There Yet?

This past weekend I heard the first episode of a series on the radio show/podcast This American Life telling the stories of refugees living in camps in Greece.  This week, “Are We There Yet?” detailed the daily events of refugees from Syria and Afghanistan who are currently living life in limbo in camps. We hear daunting statistics about the 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 →

Thursday Share: In Memoriam

Roman Catholic Ron Belgau shares a blog with Anglican Wesley Hill, whom I admire deeply and have referenced previously in sermons. Both men are celibate gay Christians who edit a blog called Spiritual Friendship. It is one of the most thought provoking and insightful blogs I read regularly featuring posts examining the role of friendship Read the full article →