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 →

Keep the Feast: 7-Weeks of Celebration

This article was originally written by Robin and posted on her personal blog page.  It’s no mistake that Lent lasts for 6 weeks, but Easter lasts for 7. The church calendar is designed to invite us into celebration, not just repentance. Celebrating for small ways for seven weeks gives congregations and families an opportunity to engage with the Read the full article →

Keep the Feast: I Belong to Jesus

From the very beginning the church has paired baptism with Easter, baptizing new Christians on Easter Day. But even if it has been years since your baptism, Easter is the perfect opportunity to explore what baptism means and why it is cause for celebration. Worship scholar Robert Webber wrote in his book Ancient-Future Time: Forming 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 →

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 →

There are no solitary polar explorers

Over a decade ago I experienced what I can only call a kind of second conversion. I was a “just me and Jesus” kind of Christian, tired of less spiritually passionate pew-sitters bogging down my my recklessly individualized spiritual walk with God. A wise teacher broke through my personalized approach to Christianity when he said, 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 →

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 →