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 →

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 →

Praying the Daily Office – Erin

Note:  During Lent, we will feature guest blog posts from members of Restoration who are exploring the Daily Office in the Book of Common Prayer. Hopefully, these reflections will be an encouragement to you in your own prayer life during this season. Thanks to Erin Turner for this contribution that was first published on her blog. When Read the full article →

Praying the Daily Office – Nobie

Note:  During Lent, we will feature guest blog posts from members of Restoration who are exploring the Daily Office in the Book of Common Prayer. Hopefully, these reflections will be an encouragement to you in your own prayer life during this season. Thanks to Nobie Hendricks for this contribution. Much of our Christian life is one of inwardness Read the full article →

Praying the Daily Office – Brian

Note:  During Lent, we will feature guest blog posts from members of Restoration who are exploring the Daily Office in the Book of Common Prayer. Hopefully, these reflections will be an encouragement to you in your own prayer life during this season. Thanks to Brian Prewitt for this contribution. Receiving from the Lord: 1 Corinthians Read the full article →

Our Father–My Father

During this season of Lent the Restoration community is praying the Daily Office, which includes the Lord’s Prayer, the inspiration for our sermon series “Knowing Jesus by Praying his Prayer.” This past Sunday, Kolby spoke about the first part of this prayer, “Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.” This particular translation 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 →

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 →

Thursday Share: Passion, Revisited

I encountered two things online this week the reminded me of my younger self and hope that they strike a chord with some of you too. Once I started following Jesus as a teenager I was all in—I was intensely devoted. I took the words of Jesus as literally as possible and became consumed with worshipping God 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 →

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 →

Pray & Sing

Saint Augustine, the fifth century theologian and bishop of the Roman city of Hippo in North Africa, is credited with saying, “A person who sings prays twice.” Congregational singing has always been a part of Christian worship and today a church service is one of the few places where your will find public singing at Read the full article →