Creating Advent Traditions

I’m sure you have beloved Christmas traditions that you can’t wait to keep with friends and family during this time of year. Almost everyone can recount in detail the exact order of events in their childhood home on Christmas Eve or morning. For me, I always half-listened to the nativity story from the book of 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 →

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 →

Sermon Bonus: 2.12.17 – Becoming Present to His Presence

On Sunday, we talked about how we need to develop the holy habits of the church in our daily lives.  This is easy to picture when we talk about being devoted to the Bible or to fellowship, but it gets a little murkier when we talk about sacraments.  Communion and Baptism are sort of the Read the full article →

The Ties that Bind

TIE groups are starting at Restoration.  Hopefully that isn’t news to you—we’ve tried not to be subtle.  If you haven’t heard, TIE stands for Three Is Enough, and it’s our version of small discipleship groups. I’ve known probably every type of small group; I’ve been a part of plenty over the years.  But this month Read the full article →

Could a Rule of Life help you?

In my years of ministry, I constantly find people who are adrift in their spiritual life, work life, and personal life. Though churches try guide them through life, I feel we’ve become more of a reactionary culture than a culture of intentional action. I know I certainly tend to be more reactionary than I would Read the full article →