Archives for Mar 2014

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The Value of Testimony

In this week's gospel reading, John 9, you will hear about the man born blind receiving his sight. It is a valuable testimony to the progressive insight we can have about who Jesus is. This man born blind is actually under trial. He represents all of us. We are all blind without the light of Christ. We are, also, under trial with the value systems of this world...Read More

Fourth Sunday In Lent

Commuting is a huge part of living in Dallas. Whether your commute is 5 minutes or 25 minutes, you are driving, riding the bus, or riding the train to work or wherever it is you’re going each day. One interesting aspect of commuting is that we often drive by, or some of us fly by, the same landmarks each time. At some point you notice new places or landmarks and they leave an impression on you...Read More

Workers of Lawlessness

As one who is pursuing vocational ministry, it troubles me deeply to know that some of those who appear to have the most vibrant and powerful ministries (the very people I look up to and aspire to be like) will not enter into God’s kingdom, and that it would be possible for me to win the adulation of everyone in my church and yet be a complete stranger to Jesus....Read More

Are You Offended?

There are people who have the right doctrine, are emotionally involved, and love doing service works for God; but never knew God. Ultimately, it requires a surrender of the will and a teachable heart. This follows from my response to God's grace illustrated in building the house on sand (our contributions) or on rock (God's grace)....Read More

Letter vs. Spirit

God’s people, before He chose and revealed himself to them, were much like children. And though the rules He set down for them were at first probably seen as confining, they were a civilizing force, and living within them His people began to flourish. But so began the oft repeated cycle in the Old Testament of a people growing too big for their robes...Read More

Celebrating Together

I love meeting new people - that’s probably one of my favorite things about life. Meeting someone new is especially exciting to me when they’ve just visited All Saints for the first time. I love to hear their stories, get a sense of their spiritual journey, and begin to see who God has made them....Read More

First Sunday in Lent

On the First Sunday in Lent, our worship service had some marked changes. First, we did not say the word "alleluia" throughout any portion of the service. That may seem like a small thing, but when you think about how many times we say "alleluia" during the service, it is quite a drastic change...Read More

Second Sunday in Lent

As we think about this Second Sunday in Lent, it is important to remember that Lent not only has its beginnings as a season of baptismal preparation (and thus Easter preparation), but also as a season of devotional walking with Christ. ...Read More

Pass the Bread, Part 2

Last week, I wrote about how the generosity of a shared meal helped me to experience the gospel as a college student. The truth is, I only came to that realization because of the continued practice of a Shared Meal every week at our church...Read More

Ash Wednesday and the Season of Lent

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent. On this day, the Church gathers to remember its humanness and mortality. One way we remember our mortality is the imposition of ashes. The clergy take ashes and make the sign of the cross on our foreheads with these words, "Remember, from dust you came and to dust you shall return"...Read More

The Things Time Can't Mend

"There are some things that time cannot mend. Some hurts that go too deep...that have taken hold." My husband and I are watching Lord of the Rings for about, oh, the seventh time since we've been married-- but that's beside the point. This quote from the end of the story has come to my mind a number of times in the last few months...Read More