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Easter Drama, Easter Hope

The drama continues. The triumphal entry into Jerusalem was quickly followed by conspiracy, betrayal, the Gethsemane experience, trial, crucifixion, and death. We experienced the reality of this in our Palm Sunday liturgy. Only the church, during the beautiful beginnings of spring life around us, would have the courage to talk about sin, evil, and death. But, if anything, we try to be honest about our true condition and need for a Rescuer...Read More

The Example of Our Servant King

Maundy Thursday is an incredible day in Holy Week. As John records, Jesus and his disciples arrive in the Upper Room to celebrate the Passover together. The evening meal was being served and a very important detail had been overlooked. Their feet were dirty...Read More

Palm Sunday

On Palm Sunday we begin Holy Week and commemorate Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem, the place of his suffering and death, resurrection and glory. At All Saints Dallas on this special Sunday, we will begin our celebration with the Liturgy of the Palms...Read More

Passion Week

This Sunday, April 13, begins Passion Week or Holy Week throughout the world for the Christian Church. For almost 20 centuries, the Christian church has observed this time in order to bring to the present the reality of the new life God offers the world through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The word "passion" is Latin for the word "suffering."...Read More

The Sting of Death

One of the most striking aspects of the story of Lazarus being raised is Jesus’ interactions with those who are in mourning beforehand. Here we have the favorite verse of those looking for an easy memory verse: John 11:35 “Jesus wept.” (ESV) And if we are not careful the brevity of this verse might mask an incredibly important aspect of Jesus’ relationship to us his people, and indeed God’s relationship with all of creation...Read More

I Am the Resurrection and the Life

I hope your personal observance of Lent has been meaningful, consistent, and life-giving. To be sure, our Sunday services have marked this season liturgically, but I pray the shape and posture of Lent has begun to leave its mark in each of our lives. On this the Fifth Sunday in Lent, we’ll be looking a beautiful statement by Jesus that curiously finds its place in this season of penitence and devotion: “I am the resurrection and the life...Read More

The Value of Testimony

In this week's gospel reading, John 9, you will hear about the man born blind receiving his sight. It is a valuable testimony to the progressive insight we can have about who Jesus is. This man born blind is actually under trial. He represents all of us. We are all blind without the light of Christ. We are, also, under trial with the value systems of this world...Read More

Fourth Sunday In Lent

Commuting is a huge part of living in Dallas. Whether your commute is 5 minutes or 25 minutes, you are driving, riding the bus, or riding the train to work or wherever it is you’re going each day. One interesting aspect of commuting is that we often drive by, or some of us fly by, the same landmarks each time. At some point you notice new places or landmarks and they leave an impression on you...Read More

The Annunciation

It's easy to get lost in the Church calendar. We remember Christmas, of course, and Easter. In our Anglican tradition Ash Wednesday, Lent, Pentecost, and Advent all are given a fair bit of attention. Here at All Saints we make a point to remember All Saints' Day (which makes sense) and in the broader culture we mark St. Patrick's Day, but sadly not for the Holiest reasons....Read More

Workers of Lawlessness

As one who is pursuing vocational ministry, it troubles me deeply to know that some of those who appear to have the most vibrant and powerful ministries (the very people I look up to and aspire to be like) will not enter into God’s kingdom, and that it would be possible for me to win the adulation of everyone in my church and yet be a complete stranger to Jesus....Read More