Archives for Jan 2013

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Offer Yourself to be a Blessing

Recently, I preached a sermon on Ephesians 3:8-11. Two things stand out. The "mystery" hidden for ages is God's grace. Notice in Scripture there is no mystery to the 10 Commandments or to the golden rule. Those we can understand under any religion. But Grace is a mystery. Because it's so countercultural and counterintuitive....Read More

Mission: Burden or Joy?

"The mission of the Church in the pages of the New Testament is more like the fallout from a vast explosion, a radioactive fallout which is not lethal but life-giving." Leslie Newbigin, The Gospel in a Pluralist Society When we hear Jesus say, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few," as we did this past week in service, it is easy sometimes to feel guilty, to feel as if we are not doing our part as the church. Mission becomes a burden in such moments, a weight to bear, something else to do in the midst of all the other things we have to do....Read More

Mission and Children's Ministry

All Saints Dallas has been blessed with a remarkable collection of people involved in mission and ministry in Dallas and abroad. This Sunday, January 27, I will highlight how some of you are involved in mission and ministry in Dallas. Some of this work is done inside the church. But, most of it is outside the church building itself. Yet, it is still "church." It's God working through you in the community....Read More

Am I My Brother's Keeper?

I remember in junior high two boys getting into a fight. Like the rest of the students in the classroom I stood there watching and laughing as the boys went after each other. After the teacher broke up the fight she turned to the girl who had been sitting closest to the boys and asked her what had happened....Read More

Just Jesus.

Do you ever get woken up during a night of sleep? Do you believe that God speaks to you? Do you believe that God speaks to you during strange hours? This isn't some abstract question. Often I wake up during the normal hours of sleep. I do believe that most of the time it is God wanting to get my attention. I can't always say I go to prayer, but I often do....Read More

Breathing Himalayan Air

"For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith"that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength...Read More

Soaring

Have you ever seen an eagle soaring through the sky? In sublime effortlessness the great bird makes its way across vast expanse. It is quite breathtaking to behold. Isaiah employs this imagery in encouraging his readers: “Even youths shall faint and be weary......Read More

In Its Time

The story of wise men bringing gifts to Jesus is the central story of the Epiphany season. The significance of this story is rooted in a much larger story told by Israel’s poets, musicians, and prophets long before any wise men came to visit Jesus......Read More

Deep Down Things

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." John 1:1 The depth of this single verse would reward a lifetime of meditation. But we've heard it so many times that its profundity has been veiled by familiarity. It is often the case that once mysterious and captivating things can become seemingly familiar, and this is especially true for those of us who have grown up in church and around Christianity....Read More

Mystery of Mission

This Sunday's brilliant, winsome, witty, and brief sermon (you wish) will focus on St.Paul's letter to the Ephesians Ephesians 3:1-13. It's one of the great biblical insights on "church." He isn't speaking of denominations or structures, but about the Mission God gives to the church....Read More