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A Feast for the Heart and the Mind

"Live in God's presence" is an integral part of our mission statement. It focuses on the "being" part of us, not just the "doing." There is a lot we are doing, but that must come out of our being. On Saturday, October 4th, Christopher West will be here at All Saints Dallas for a special presentation...Read More

Change of Mind, Change of Heart

The parables of Jesus are studies in inverted expectations. This weeks Gospel reading (Matthew 21:28-32) tells the story of two brothers, both asked to go to work in their father’s vineyard. The first refuses to go, but then decides to go after all. The second agrees to his father’s request to his face, but never ends up going into the vineyard. Jesus asks his audience, comprised of religious leaders, which son did the will of his father...Read More

God's Desires for Our Desires

Sex has a way of getting our attention. But, there's more to it than we could ever dream or imagine. The longing, the desire that God has built in us is often fed junk food when what He really has for us is a banquet meant to fulfill our most intimate desires. With a sex saturated culture, it's confusing and tempting to give into the dominant themes we get bombarded with daily...Read More

Being Human 101

We hear a lot about what it means to be a human, and hear a lot of competing voices. In church you sometimes hear the spiritualistic notion that we are at our most basic souls housed in bodies. In the academy you’ll sometimes hear a materialistic reduction of humanity that says all we are is our bodies, that the spiritual experiences we have are really just the chemical activities of in our brains...Read More

Unlimited Forgiveness

Leave it to Peter to ask the question on everyone’s mind. In Matthew 18:21-35, he steps forward and says, “I know ‘three strikes and your out’ is a bit harsh… so instead of only forgiving people 3 times, we’re to forgive 7 times right?” Peter probably thought he was being generous in suggesting that many times for the obligation to forgive...Read More

The Nature of Desire: A Primer on Christopher West

Over the next few weeks you will hear a lot about the Christopher West conference we are having this Saturday, Oct. 4. You will hear about things like the body and desire and the appetite of the human heart for God. Christopher West's life's work has been to take John Paul II's theology of the body and make it accessible and immediate to the church at large. West believes that this theology of the body offers both a radical and hopeful alternative to prevailing notions about desire in our culture...Read More

Celebration Dinner

If you’ve been around All Saints for at least a little while you’ve probably heard Philip Jones’ famous ecclesiastical dictum: “We built this church one margarita at a time.” This Wednesday night at Mattito’s (at Oak Lawn and Cedar Springs), you will get to experience that in action at the Celebration Dinner...Read More

Christopher West - Fill These Hearts

Want a new way to understand our ultimate desires, what and who we are made for, and how we understand our sexuality? Come to a day away here at All Saints Dallas on October 4th from 9-3 and hear Christopher West talk about the theology of the body. This is a mind blowing presentation that several of us have heard. Claudia and I heard him speak on this important topic a year ago and we couldn't wait to get him here to ASD...Read More