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 →

When Lent Becomes Boring

A few weeks ago I reflected on my personal blog about the realities of Lenten devotion. The inconvenience of sacrifice brought pain that spiritual endorphins pre-Lent had blinded me to.  I expected to feel holy, but I just felt frustrated. As it turns out, practicing Lent is more difficult than thinking about it before hand. Now, though, the pendulum has swung 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 →

Lent with Kids

It feels like we just wrapped up Christmas, but Ash Wednesday is only 2 weeks away! In addition to preparing children for Ash Wednesday, and explaining the purpose behind Lent, here are a few ideas for how to incorporate Lent into daily life at home and weekly parish life. Life at Home: Pray. If you don’t pray as a family, 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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

What is Lent?

Lent begins a next Wednesday, February 10 on Ash Wednesday and lasts until Easter on March, 27. When we observe the season of Lent we are keeping a tradition that began in the 3rd century among the earliest followers of Jesus. In the early church Lent was observed as a time of preparation before baptism for Read the full article →

Inhabiting God’s Time

Last week I took my almost three-year-old son on the train to visit his grandparents in Fort Worth. The train is his preferred mode of transportation and he often asks if we can ride the “yellow train” to the grocery store or to preschool. Sadly, the tracks don’t run everywhere we need to go but Read the full article →

Recommends: David Crowder Band’s A Collision and Give Us Rest

When I was in middle school, David Crowder led worship at our youth group’s winter retreat.  I remember being drawn to this lanky guy with wild hair and a wilder goatee.  He looked like John the Baptist in flannel and blue jeans.  His worship music was part of my Bible-belt evangelical upbringing. But as I Read the full article →

Pray for Canterbury

There is a lot going on in the world today. It was the late English novelist E.C. Bentley who said “Between what matters and what seems to matter, how should the world we know judge wisely.” That is a great question to ask ourselves—what does matter?  On the back page of any major newspaper behind 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 →

Thursday Share: Observing Advent as a Family

Advent can be mean more for your family than just a candy filled calendar. Ditch the “Elf on the Shelf” and consider incorporating some of these ideas from Elizabeth Peterson into your family’s traditions. Advent literally means “the coming.” This season is about preparation, not performance or perfection. We are preparing our hearts to welcome Christ Read the full article →

Advent Life: Slow Down Your Christmas

(This article appeared in the Restoration newsletter in a previous Advent season.) I don’t remember the exact date but it was sometime in early November when the Halloween candy was still on clearance—that was the day I noticed the Christmas music playing as I waited in the check-out line at the grocery store. I was Read the full article →

Restoration Recommends: Reading about the Church Year

If you have come to the Anglican church from another tradition you may be surprised to hear that not only do we have a slightly different way of praying and worshipping, we also have a slightly different calendar. New Year’s Day for the Anglican Church falls on the first day of the Advent Season, which Read the full article →

Anglican 101: What’s a Deacon?

You may have heard the announcement that three members of the Restoration family will be ordained as deacons in the Anglican Church this Saturday in Austin. This is exciting news for us and for them but it also raises a question:  What is a deacon? Different denominations use the title deacon to describe various positions a Read the full article →