A Return to Wonder

It is almost that time of year again. I say almost because although the advertisements and store displays would tell us we are smack dab in the middle of the season, Christmas has yet to arrive. I have a difficult time relating to the Christmas season, like most adults in our hyper-commercialized culture. It’s hard Read the full article →

The Mind of Christ

There are a lot of troubling things going on in the news today:  a boat of women and children capsizes while fleeing from Myanmar, tensions between the United States and North Korea are escalating, Mexico City is in ruins after an earthquake, a Guatemalan mudslide kills several people, the commonwealth of Puerto Rico is without Read the full article →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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: 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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →