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Reflections on Charlottesville

I wrote a piece earlier this week that was sent to clergy and members of the AMiA. There have been tweets, retweets, reaction to tweets, impromptu news conferences, and pundits plenty on all sides. This is a time for the church to be the church...Read More

Guest Post by Megan Carpenter

“Strengthen them when they stand…” words from the blessing spoken over those celebrating their birthday each year. As I received the “Birthday Blessing” this phrase seemed to be written across my forehead as the hand of blessing passed over me...Read More

Who are we? Where are we going?

Over the last several years God has built into us a certain DNA that we have come to embrace and celebrate. Based on the 3 streams of scripture, sacrament and Spirit, there is a peace, presence and desire to love and serve others...Read More

Remember the Mountain to Live in the Valley

This coming Sunday we will celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration. The Feast commemorates the moment when Christ took Peter, James, and John up a mountain and was transfigured before their very eyes. In that blessed moment, the end of the story broke into the middle of the story...Read More

Who Sinned?

Many of you responded to my newsletter from last week regarding mental illness issues and suicide. It seemed to touch a nerve. Thankfully, both of these issues are more “on the table” to be discussed, addressed, and prayed about than ever before. Because of my own family tragedy earlier this summer, I am naturally paying more attention...Read More

Dying of Despair

In the August/September issue of “First Things”, author Aaron Kheriaty explains why more Americans are committing suicide. As many of you know, this is an issue very close to my family as a result of the recent tragedy in our lives. I share this with you knowing that this issue has not only affected my life but many of yours as well...Read More

Dysfunctional Families

We hear this phrase a lot, dysfunctional families. No one should be surprised. The Bible begins with a breakdown in family between Adam and Eve, continues with Cain and Abel, Noah and his family, Abraham and Sarah. But, probably, there is no greater dysfunction than the family of Isaac, Rebecca, Jacob, and Esau...Read More

Within our Body

As we prepare to move downtown in the next 1-1/2 years, I have been praying about our potential impact. With the downtown area having so much that affects all of Dallas in business, politics, medical, law, retail, residential living, etc., how can we find people in our congregation that might have impact in these areas...Read More

All We Have is From God

At All Saints Dallas generosity and transparency are two of our core values. We believe we are called to be generous with our time, talent, and treasure because God has been so abundantly generous with us. As I often say, God's generosity towards us is the basis of his authority in our lives...Read More

Still Laughing

In last week’s Old Testament lesson, Genesis 18:15, there was this tongue-in-cheek exchange between Sarah and the Lord. Sarah denied laughing that she would have a child in her old age within a year’s time, but the Lord says, “no, but you did laugh.” A funny exchange...Read More