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Hope Flourishes in Unlikely Places

It may seem, like it did with St. Paul in prison, that there are so many forces against us. Suffering may come. In this context, what do we treasure? Even in prison, St. Paul’s faith was unwavering. And what’s more, even more churches were planted. Hope in Christ flourished. If our treasure is in Jesus Christ, we possess an inheritance that can never be taken away. Here at All Saints Dallas we will never stop offering this hope to those who do not know Christ...Read More

Glorifying God in Our Prayers

The next time you prepare to enter into prayer, I would just ask that you think for a minute about who it was that Jesus and Paul prayed for (others, not for themselves) and what they prayed for (spiritual strengthening that glorifies God, not material results). Consider the possibility that the most important prayer that one can pray is for others, and that the most important end result is that the answer to that prayer could be spiritual fortification of the recipient in a way that glorifies God and draws others to Him...Read More

Somber Truth and Exciting News

When I was in seminary, there was a course offered entitled “the Bible and the New York Times.” At our most recent staff meeting I opened with “the Bible and the Dallas morning news.” We read the Scripture for the day from the daily lectionary, Acts 5. In it we read about the authorities pressing down upon Peter and his disciples for the preaching of the gospel. Then Gamaliel stood up and cautioned the ruling Council to not further punish these people as their ministry may be from God...Read More

The Lord's Prayer

We sing 12-14 songs during a typical Sunday service. I know, right?! We sing hymns, worship choruses, praise songs, the occasional spiritual, and another kind of song that I have grown to love since coming to All Saints. I call them liturgical settings. Throughout the centuries composers have tuned and re-tuned these prayers over and over again. Bach himself wrote an entirely new musical mass every Sunday for three years...Read More

The High Calling of Unity in Christ

We would all do well to consider what a high calling it is to be a Christian. Far from merely entailing cognitive assent to a series of propositions, to be a Christian is to be identified with Christ, and by extension, to be identified with those He has redeemed to be a people of His own choosing. So it is that the tragic murder of nine believers gathered for worship in Charleston, South Carolina cannot go unmarked by us...Read More

Prayerfully Seeking the Good of the City

Politics is not usually a subject for our church blog, however, as a church, we do hope to affect and influence our culture in a way that furthers Biblical values regarding current cultural conflicts as well as protects our rights under the United States Constitution. And one way to do that is through politics and law. We all are familiar with the host of issues facing the church right now...Read More

Being a Part of Something Bigger

One of the big stories of the NBA Championship series is Lebron James, and how he has almost single-handedly lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 2-1 series lead over Golden State. Love him or hate him, if Lebron manages to lead his team to an unlikely Championship his reputation as one of the all time greats in the history of basketball (a sport invented by a Canadian, by the way) will only grow. North American culture is no small part defined by a rugged individualism, and as helpful as this can be in certain instances, individualism is not a hallmark of the Christian life, community is....Read More

Spirit Lead Mentoring

Last Saturday, the women of All Saints gathered for a kickoff-to-summer lunch where we explored what healthy mentoring looks like and how God uses it to draw us closer to Himself. Mentoring simply means coming alongside someone through a particular season of life. A healthy mentoring relationship can be a precarious balance...Read More

Building Bridges

Christians have responded to Muslims in many ways, but all too often, without the compassion that characterized Jesus. Bridges seeks to replace fear and intimidation with love and gentle boldness, reshaping the way Christians view and respond to their Muslim neighbors...Read More

Hearts Enlightened to See the Unseen

Beginning this Sunday we will begin to consider Paul’s great letter to the Ephesians. One of Paul’s primary themes in this letter is the identity and role of the church, and as part of this series we will be considering the place of the church in the larger culture. Culture for us, like water for a fish, is the total environment that we find ourselves in. This is something that the Apostle Paul understood all too well...Read More