Archives for Aug 2012

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Our Beautiful Inheritance

Scripture is always in conversation with itself, and every Sunday, as we hear passages read from the word of the Lord, we are privileged to listen in on this conversation. Take two passages from this past Sunday--Psalm 16 and John 6:60-69. While there is no quotation or allusion that directly links them, these two passages nevertheless resonant with one another. When Peter says to Jesus, "To whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life," he......Read More

Ministry at the Henry Wade Detention Center

On a recent night the lesson required the men to write down the Ten Commandments. One of the youth looked at me and said, “Mister, I didn’t even know these existed.” ...Read More

Saving Embrace

Lord Jesus Christ, you stretched out your arms of love on the hard wood of the cross that everyone might come within reach of your saving embrace: So clothe us in your Spirit...Read More

The Mystery of Holy Communion

On Sunday +Philip explained to us that the sacrament of Holy Communion is a mystery. The bread and wine are actual bread and wine and yet at the same time they are the body and blood of Jesus. How is this possible? ...Read More

First Fruits Healing and Prayer Service - What is it?

This Friday, August 24th, at 7:00pm, All Saints Dallas will offer our monthly prayer and healing service called First Fruits. The name comes from the spiritual reality and breakthrough described in the New Testament and especially the book of Acts......Read More

Paying Attention

"The Lord opened her heart to pay attention..." Acts 16:14 When Paul came to town, Acts 16 tells us, the Lord gave Lydia a heart to pay attention to what he was saying. Her hearing heart made all the difference, and it was the work of the Lord. Perhaps she had asked the Lord for a hearing heart, since the text tells us she was a worshipper of God. But the larger point is that her ability to her Paul was a gift from the Lord. We too need hearing hearts, hearts that pay attention. And we are completely dependent on the Lord for them. As Annie Dillard puts it, "I cannot cause light; the most I can do is try to put myself in the path of its beam." We must therefore pray for hearts that pay attention....Read More

With Joy and Reverence

The Holy Spirit is at work. He is at work in the sacramental aspect of our worship as well as in scripture. What about the sacrament of Holy Communion? How do we prepare ourselves for that? Every Sunday we celebrate Holy Communion. We gather as a worshipping community to hear God's Word in song, fellowship, scripture, confession......Read More

Prayer - Being Brutally Honest

I believe one of the driving forces of our church is prayer. Many of you have All Saints Dallas in your prayer focus and it bears fruit for you personally, for...Read More

Sacramental Imagination Pt. 2

In our gospel reading this past Sunday, Jesus and a crowd of people conversed about bread, manna, and eternal life. The crowd was seeking Jesus because he had just fed five thousand people with five loaves of bread and two fish. Jesus told the crowd,...Read More

Mission is messy.

As a missionary church near downtown Dallas, All Saints Dallas is on the cutting edge of mission and evangelism. Our location, our DNA, our outward and inward focus and the Anglican society of which we are a member (AMiA), all speak to kingdom......Read More

The Sacramental Imagination

One phrase from the passage this week has always intrigued me. Mark tells us that the disciples are unable to recognize Jesus coming to them......Read More