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A Thanksgiving Prayer

I know you are all busy with Thanksgiving preparations, so this isn’t long. But, here is a Thanksgiving prayer that you may want to use tomorrow. It is a litany of thanksgiving that you could read and everyone else respond “We thank you, Lord.” I am deeply thankful for all of these things, and for all of you...Read More

Loving the Least of These

The definition of refugee is clear. These are people who have fled. They did not leave because they wanted a change. They fled because they were not safe. But the result is the same. They had to leave everything they knew, everything that was ‘home’...Read More

Christ the King

This Sunday is the last Sunday of the church year where we will be celebrating the feast of Christ the King. This feast day is a newer addition to the church calendar. Established in 1925, it was done so in response to the challenge of growing nationalism and secularism in the culture. And so the church chose to mark the end of the year with a day dedicated to the Authority to which every knee will one day bow ...Read More

Knowing God Well

A few years ago, an author named Tim Keller wrote a book called The Prodigal God, a lesson on the prodigal son parable (Luke 15). You’ll remember that there are two sons and a father; the younger son asks for his inheritance early, squanders it, returns home in disgrace and receives his father’s love and forgiveness instead of an “I told you so"...Read More

Cheers, Jeers, or Vision?

Our heads are still spinning. In the most remarkable turnaround election of our time, regardless of which side you were on, the people have spoken and it is not what everyone thought would happen. By now you have been inundated with blogs, comments, and articles dissecting and diagnosing this historic election...Read More

Kingdom and Election

You probably think this article is going to be about the presidential election. No such luck. I figure you have heard enough. Both of the presidential candidates have laid out their vision and their party platforms have been written. But, I do think it is interesting that the presidential election falls just a few days before Sunday, November 13th when I will be sharing with you a vision for All Saints Dallas...Read More


We work at our desks. We work in our gardens. We work out at the gym. We do relational work around our tables and in our homes. We work for our good and the good of the world around us. While they may be intrinsically connected, there is an important difference between who we are and what we do...Read More

Lepers in My World

A man with leprosy came and knelt in front of Jesus, begging to be healed. “If you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean,” he said. Moved with compassion, Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!” The man's name is unknown. He is just "leper" to us...Read More

Only Death is Resurrected

In last week’s gospel reading, Luke 18, the tax collector prays the prayer “Lord, have mercy on me a sinner.” In this week’s Gospel lesson, Jesus will look into the eyes of Zacchaeus hiding in a tree, have mercy on him, and call him down from the tree to come into his house...Read More

A Comforting Weight

Fall is one of my favorite times of year, for reasons big and small. One small reason is that I prefer to sleep in a cold room with a heavy blanket. If I had my way I’d sleep with the windows open all winter and the bed piled high with comforters and quilts. It is a sad day for me in the spring when the comforter goes back into the linen closet for the summer...Read More