40 Ideas for Keeping a Holy Lent

Lent begins next week on Ash Wednesday, February 14, so it is time to consider how God may be leading you to participate in this season of repentance and renewal as we prepare for Easter. During the season of Lent the church focuses on the commands of Jesus from the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 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 →

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 →

Restoration Recommends: I Wanted to Know More About God

In the next few weeks, Ascension Day (May 24) and Pentecost (June 4) mark the end of Jesus’ earthly ministry and the beginning of the Church. We’ll be learning about these in children’s lessons on Sundays, but they also provide a unique opportunity to discuss common childhood (and adult!) questions like “Where is God?”, “Why can’t I see Read the full article →

Restoration Recommends: The Good of Giving Up

In my sermon this week, I spoke about a new introduction to Lent, written by an Anglican Pastor in Chicago by the name of Aaron Damiani.  I found this book to be an extremely helpful resource for anyone who is new to the tradition of Lent and anyone who wishes to revitalize their thinking about Read the full article →

Restoration Recommends: Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Joy of Christmas

This time of year can be difficult for those of us who want to live out the true meaning of what Advent and Christmas is all about. I love that Restoration is reading the book by Tom Wright, Advent for Everyone. This is a wonderful devotion and it is certainly keeping me focused on Jesus. I Read the full article →

When You Cannot Pray

Our church has just started reading James K. A. Smith’s book You Are What You Love in our community groups. It is essentially a book about the spiritual power of habit. In the opening chapter Jamie (that’s the name the author goes by) asks a very poignant question: “What do you want?” Jaime points out 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 →

Restoration Recommends: The Garden, the Curtain, and the Cross

For Easter I gave our three year-old the newly released picture book The Garden, The Curtain, and the Cross by British author Carl Laverton. He traces the whole story of our life with God beginning in the Garden of Eden, to the Temple, to the Cross, to the Resurrection, and, finally, to the life to come. This 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 →

Restoration Recommends: Books for Lent, Pt. 2

Lent has arrived. If you are in search of a book to guide your spiritual journey in this season we have our second round of recommendations. Part 1 can be found here. Lenten Devotions Between Midnight and Dawn: A Literary Guide to Prayer for Lent, Holy Week, and Eastertide  compiled by Sarah Arthur The first time Read the full article →

Restoration Recommends: Books for Lent, Pt. 1

As the beginning of the Lenten season approaches, we turn our attention as a church to self-examination and spiritual formation. Here is part 1 of our suggestions for books to guide you through the upcoming season. Lenten Devotional Books Trinity School for Ministry 2016 Lenten Devotional This is a great little devotional, filled with spiritual Read the full article →

Restoration Recommends: Children’s Advent & Christmas Books, Part 2

We asked several moms at Restoration which books they read to their children during the Advent and Christmas seasons. Last week we listed a few favorites to read to the young ones in your life. Here is part two as we approach Christmas. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever By Barbara Robinson, for grades 2-6, though I really think Read the full article →

Restoration Recommends: 5 Advent Devotional Books for Everyone

For Families – Unwrapping the Greatest Gift: A Family Celebration of Christmas by Ann Voskamp This is a beautifully illustrated keepsake book for families with elementary-aged children to use to walk through the Jesse Tree tradition during the Advent season. The story guides you day by day through God’s plan of redemption from the Garden of 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 →