Archives for Jan 2016

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Being Catholic

One way of describing the Anglican identity is that it is Reformed Catholic. Or sometimes, if one has hang-ups about Reformed or Catholic theology (or both), you can just as easily downsize it “reformed catholic”. But however you want to capitalize it, Anglicanism, as an ecclesiastical movement, recognizes its deep connectedness to the Church throughout time and space...Read More

More Than Sin Managament

I first came across the phrase “sin management,” while reading Dallas Willard’s book “The Divine Conspiracy.” Sin management is the idea, especially prevalent among Protestant evangelicals, that the work of the cross is kind of a barcode that automatically cleanses us from any responsibility for our sin. While this is true, it is not the whole truth...Read More

In Search of a Tribe

In January of 2009 I was experiencing a lot of change in my life. A few months earlier I had just moved my wife and three children to Fleming Island, Florida, to serve at Grace Anglican Church. In this transition we left behind our beloved Texas, our extended family, a familiar culture and landscape, and the denominational family both of us had been formed in...Read More

Generosity and Mission

When we started ASD in 2010, we received a financial gift from the AMiA’s "Living the Mission Fund" to help support and encourage our work. And as Jay+ and his team have met certain metric goals in their plant, we at ASD, have been given financial support for All Saints East Dallas. The AMiA exists to plant churches, and when they hit certain goals of attendance, ability to gather, and other key components that contribute to a healthy church plant, then this encouraging investment is made. “Building on islands of health” is one way to understand this. It is important that we appreciate the culture of generosity and mission that ASD and the AMiA have...Read More

Deeply Rooted

I love my job. I have the distinct privilege of walking alongside people and seeing God at work in their lives. I take this calling and privilege seriously, and I enjoy it immensely. Reflecting back to the first week of Membership Sundays, I can’t help but be so very excited for what God is up to at All Saints East Dallas...Read More

Setting the Table

One of the main features of our corporate Christian worship is that we celebrate Communion together every week. Moreover, as Anglicans, we like to make our celebration of the Lord’s Table a fittingly reverent and worshipful experience. Each week we proclaim the life, death, and resurrection of Christ as we celebrate Communion. And then we are mysteriously and graciously invited to partake of His life-giving presence that He so graciously offers to those who believe...Read More

Prayer for Life

Most of you know that during the prayers of the people on Sundays, I usually include a prayer of protection and the valuing of life for the lives of those in the womb through natural death. The value of protecting the most innocent and vulnerable has been a constant Christian witness throughout the ages...Read More

Membership Sundays

I love new stuff. Any occasion I receive a gift is cause for celebration because I love getting new stuff. Recently our fireplace bellows was punctured and a gaping hole developed. I was excited because I was going to get a new bellows. But my eldest son, being enterprising and a talent with the duct tape, fixed it instead. Se la vie...Read More

Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and Your Kids

We’re talking about executive function here. This is not about your child as CEO in training, but a very important child development concept. Executive function skills are what help us plan, focus, remember directions, and keep multiple balls in the air. There are three main components of executive function: working memory, mental flexibility, and self control...Read More

Winter Conference: Feb. 3

As most of you know, I am not only the senior pastor of All Saints Dallas, I also lead a 3 stream Anglican church planting society called the Anglican Mission in America. I took office 2 years ago as the Apostolic Vicar, fancy title but true nonetheless. The AMiA has a 16-year history that has reshaped Anglicanism in North America for generations to come...Read More

The Grace of God to Pagans

One of my teachers once told me that all non-Jewish Christian culture is converted paganism. What is so interesting, and sometimes troubling, about that is that Paul seems to indicate that being a converted pagan is perfectly sufficient to be a faithful Christian, so much so that he adamantly opposed any attempts to make Christianity monolithically Jewish...Read More

"Everybody Worships"

Some of you asked for more of the David Foster Wallace quote that I mentioned in last Sunday's sermon. This article provides some context as well as a link to the full text of the address he gave, from which the quote was taken. Hope you enjoy!...Read More

A New Year, A New Mission

The new year is now in full swing, and most of us have broken - some miserably - our resolutions. That’s ok, because Chris+ reminded us Sunday night that being on pilgrimage with God is so much more than attempting to do something in our own power. It’s completely re-orienting ourselves to God and the path of following him...Read More