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Entering Easter Through Baptism and Confirmation

On this Second Sunday of Easter we will celebrate Holy Baptism. Holy Baptism is one of two Sacraments we celebrate at All Saints Dallas along with the global Anglican family. Baptism is the rite of initiation into the Body of Christ. Through sign and symbol we recognize our union with Christ through God’s covenant with us...Read More

Living and Dying in Hope of the Resurrection

It is a fitting end to a life lived in faith, to have one’s last action be the proclamation of the resurrection. And this indeed is borne out by the Book of Common Prayer. The liturgy for the Burial of the Dead begins, “I am Resurrection and I am Life, says the Lord.” This week, as we enter joyously into the season of Easter, take time to think about that...Read More

Easter Drama, Easter Hope

The drama continues. The triumphal entry into Jerusalem was quickly followed by conspiracy, betrayal, the Gethsemane experience, trial, crucifixion, and death. We experienced the reality of this in our Palm Sunday liturgy. Only the church, during the beautiful beginnings of spring life around us, would have the courage to talk about sin, evil, and death. But, if anything, we try to be honest about our true condition and need for a Rescuer...Read More

The Example of Our Servant King

Maundy Thursday is an incredible day in Holy Week. As John records, Jesus and his disciples arrive in the Upper Room to celebrate the Passover together. The evening meal was being served and a very important detail had been overlooked. Their feet were dirty...Read More

Passion Week

This Sunday, April 13, begins Passion Week or Holy Week throughout the world for the Christian Church. For almost 20 centuries, the Christian church has observed this time in order to bring to the present the reality of the new life God offers the world through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The word "passion" is Latin for the word "suffering."...Read More

The Sting of Death

One of the most striking aspects of the story of Lazarus being raised is Jesus’ interactions with those who are in mourning beforehand. Here we have the favorite verse of those looking for an easy memory verse: John 11:35 “Jesus wept.” (ESV) And if we are not careful the brevity of this verse might mask an incredibly important aspect of Jesus’ relationship to us his people, and indeed God’s relationship with all of creation...Read More

I Am the Resurrection and the Life

I hope your personal observance of Lent has been meaningful, consistent, and life-giving. To be sure, our Sunday services have marked this season liturgically, but I pray the shape and posture of Lent has begun to leave its mark in each of our lives. On this the Fifth Sunday in Lent, we’ll be looking a beautiful statement by Jesus that curiously finds its place in this season of penitence and devotion: “I am the resurrection and the life...Read More