Archives for Apr 2015

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Renovation of the Heart

“Who are you?” was the question my mentor asked. I began to answer him by talking about work, the things that I’d done, accomplishments, and achievements; and to my surprise he began to shake his head. “David, I didn’t ask you what you do… I asked about who you are.” I didn’t really know how to answer that question. I had so gotten wrapped up in the doing of ministry that my sense of Identity had been drowned out and my mentor was helping me see that I needed help to rediscover who I am...Read More

Striving for Eden

Adam and Eve were gardeners. They performed the mundane and menial tasks of planting, tending, and harvesting. But this was their high calling, it was to care for God’s creation in such a way that order and beauty spread to the ends of the earth. In Ephesians 5:15-16 Paul exhorts us to do the following: “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.” The truth is that we only have so many days on this earth, and our time here, every hour of it, is a gift given to us from our loving Father...Read More

Responding to the Richness of the Gospel

It was a cold Wednesday morning in Central London, when someone walked into the church crypt with dreadful news. A member of our congregation who had been drug free for a number of years, had relapsed and disappeared taking with him all of the money his family was relying on for Christmas. I discovered that day what generosity looks like. I didn’t have time to say a thing before a woman in her 80s, who had just put her life into the Lord’s hands, got a bowl from the kitchen and began passing it around...Read More

And How Do You Know That You Know?

Last Sunday, the subject of my talk was taken from 1 John 1:1...Read More

Practicing Temperance by Fasting and Feasting

Easter follows Lent as a season of feasting following a season of fasting. So why is it that it so often feels easier to ‘be holy’ in a season of fasting? In part this is because we have a deficient view of temperance. We often think of temperance in respect to what it denies. It avoids sin, it sacrifices, it does without; it is simple, ascetic, poor. But temperance affirms as much as it denies and thus the saints of God are meant practice temperance in both their fasting and feasting...Read More

Big Sunday

This Sunday, about 25 people will become new members of All Saints Dallas. This has always been a powerful worship service. As people publicly proclaim their faith and their desire to join All Saints Dallas, I will lay hands on each of them asking God to give me words of wisdom and prophecy. Often, people asked me how does one become a member of all Saints Dallas? The easy answer is the 3 C's: the Class, the Covenant and Confirmation...Read More

A Passionate Pursuit of Greater Goods

We took a chance. Sometimes you know what you’re getting into when you rent a movie, other times you try to make an educated guess. Well, about 45 minutes into this movie, it became clear that the main character in this movie was driven to educate his audience about the futility of chastity. Instead of pointing out the joy of knowing God through greater goods, the movie told its story atheistically...Read More

Resurrection Life

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia! The Lord is risen. He is risen indeed. These words at the beginning of our Easter service set the tone for the next 50 days in our liturgical calendar. In reality, they set the tone for the rest of our lives on into eternity. The empty tomb found by the women on that first Easter is a reminder that Jesus is on the loose and nothing is safe...Read More

Curving In Upon Ourselves

Pride is widely considered to be the “Grand Daddy” of all vices. After all, it was because of pride that Satan fell from heaven. It was pride that motivated Adam and Eve to disobey God when they listened to Satan (who told them that they could become like God). And yet, there are times when being proud of something seems right and good. However, it is important to note that many of our great church fathers in the first eight centuries of the church saw pride as the root issue behind all sin...Read More

The Holy Triduum

The sacred three days of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday, all of which precedes Easter, is the apex of our liturgical year and of our lives as Christians. We begin the Triduum by celebrating the Lord's Supper tonight at 7 p.m. The word "maundy", means "commandment" in Latin. We recall Christ offering of his body and blood to the Father, which he gave to the apostles as food for their nourishment with the command that they celebrate these mysteries in his memory forever...Read More