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Fulfilling Our Common Humanity

This sermon series on living in God's presence and living out His love in Dallas is particularly timely for us. In +Philip’s first message on June 5th he talked about a Collect which asks God to “…Enable us to eliminate poverty, prejudice, and oppression, and that men and women from different cultures and with differing talents may find with one another the fulfillment of their humanity; through Jesus Christ our Lord"...Read More

What Kind of a Culture War Do You Want?

A couple of Sundays ago, in our continuing sermon series “Theology for the City,” I quoted from a New York Times op-ed article by David Brooks. The title--“Let’s Have a Better Culture War”--caught my attention and the content was even better. As we think about theology for the city, we must have a deeper, richer view of the culture we are in, so that we can rightly contextualize the gospel...Read More

Orlando, the World, and Me

Almost every national tragedy allows us the need to speak prophetically. I am sure there are countless articles you have read, and many more will come, trying to make sense or give perspective on the recent massacre in Orlando. Of all that I have read this week, the following article is one I want to share with you. It goes to the darkness of the heart of humanity and the reality of the good news of the gospel...Read More

Eucharistic Art Creates Kingdom Culture

Art creates culture. Art forms and expresses the values and institutions of a culture. It directs hearts toward the object or cultural text on display. So art is not neutral. It either gives us a glimpse of something beautiful, good and true or it reinforces a base system that does no good for the human heart...Read More

A Vision for Dallas

As we looked for property in different areas in or near downtown, I felt that the Lord would take us on a journey. In this journey we would learn more about his particular vision for who we are supposed to be at All Saints Dallas. Yes, we were called to plant a 3-Stream Anglican church in or near downtown Dallas. But now, having opened up another campus in East Dallas, the Lord seems to be deepening our call to the city of Dallas in particular ways...Read More

The Purpose in a Cup of Coffee

We take coffee pretty seriously around here. We want the Sunday morning ritual of a cup of coffee before worship to be a time and place of friendship and welcome. We want the coffee to be good enough that people want to show up early and stay after, spending time with each other. That’s why we make coffee a line-item in the budget and buy our coffee beans from local coffee roasters...Read More

The Orphan Crisis

Orphan. I am an actual orphan. My parents divorced, and my dad moved out. Then five years later, my already disabled mother died suddenly of heart failure. I was thrust into the orphan demographic. It took some time to stomach that thought. Thank God I didn’t have to enter foster care. In terms of orphanhood, I had it very, very easy...Read More

Seeking God's Heart for Dallas

Over the past several weeks we have been saying this prayer together; as part of our recent Saturday special prayer meetings, as part of our prayers of the people during Sunday morning services, as well as at various other All Saints meetings. Incorporating this simple yet powerful prayer into our prayer rhythms can help us shape and enlarge our heart for the city of Dallas. Notice some of the themes in the prayer...Read More

Extraordinary Times

Anyone who has worshipped in a liturgical tradition for more than a couple of years has probably picked up on the fact that a good portion of the year is taken up with feasts and season that commemorate the life of Christ. For many Holy Week is a real high point of the calendar with so many important events happening in such a short time. But that’s not the end of Christ’s ministry, nor is it the end of the drama of the Church year...Read More

No Casseroles

May is Mental Health Month, which has been used by churches and a number of institutions in our culture to help eradicate the various stigmas associated with mental illness. When a member of the community breaks a leg or undergoes medical treatment there is always an outpouring of love and support followed by a wake of casseroles left at the door. Sadly, when the medical issue in question has to do with mental health, the casseroles don’t come...Read More