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Being the Body

Do you know how many people it takes to run our service every Sunday? Have you ever stopped to think about that and count? Philip makes one. Ken, David, Chris, or whoever is assisting makes two. Jay makes three, the band makes four, five, six... you get the picture. It’s quite a few, and the people we see are only the tip of the iceberg...Read More

Serving Sam Houston

As many of you already know, All Saints Dallas, partners with Sam Houston Elementary school to provide after school tutoring and activities for the students. Here is a little more information about the school, and some testimonies from volunteers who have served the students and teachers over the past few years. My hope is that our prayers and volunteers would be multiplied as we seek to serve and minister to our neighbors here at All Saints Dallas...Read More

Why Morning Prayer Matters

There is a Latin phrase used in the early church that helps us understand some of the importance of Morning Prayer—Lex orandi, lex credendi. It means something like the law of praying is the law of believing, and it describes the reality that there is an intimate relationship between what we pray and what we believe...Read More

A Glimpse of the Ocean

As he was preaching through Romans 6-8, +Philip referred to these passages of scripture as the Himalayas, so, as we come to the close of Romans 8, permit me to suggest that this week we’re finally making it out of the mountains. It’s not that we’re dealing with anything less weighty or profound, on the contrary we’re dealing with something that is possibly even weightier...Read More

Confronting Apathy: the Transfiguration

“Casablanca” is, in my opinion, about as perfect a movie as has ever been made. So it was that when I heard a friend of mine say that it was “just a bunch of clichés”, I was perhaps a little too quick to point out that, on the contrary, far from being full of clichés it is instead where all the clichés come from. “The usual suspects”, “ here’s looking at you”, “play it again”, these weren’t clichés until after they were in “Casablanca”...Read More

Walking on Water

Sunday’s Gospel lesson recounts Jesus walking on the stormy waters and Peter daring to walk to him. I don’t know about you, but rarely do I find myself in situations like Peter. He and the other disciples see what they think is a ghost. Then, realizing it is Jesus, Peter calls out, “If it is you, call me out on the water.” My typical approach in life is very different from this...Read More

Divine Appointments

In 1996, Claudia and I had the opportunity to attend a worship conference in South Carolina that had a profound impact on our ministry. It was hosted by Bishop Chuck Murphy who was an Episcopal priest at the time and later started AMiA. At the time, we were pretty worn out spiritually and in ministry. I was the Senior Pastor of Trinity Episcopal Church in Marshall, Texas. While we were there, we met Rev. Dr. Jon Shuler. Never heard of him...Read More

Sons of God

Of all the ways of thinking about my salvation in Christ, one of the most consistently powerful for me is adoption. In Romans 8:15 Paul writes one of the most beautiful and radical truths in all of Scripture, “For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, ‘Abba! Father!’” What does it mean to be adopted as a son of God? Surely more than I could ever hope to do justice to in around 500 words...Read More

The K2 of Scripture

For the past few weeks we have been looking at Romans 6-7, setting the table for the feast we are about to have on Romans 8. We will spend the next 4 Sundays on Romans 8 which has to be one of the high water marks of living the Christian life. What is the basis of Christian hope? Why do I struggle yet am dead to Sin? These and other significant questions will be addressed...Read More

Struggle Reframed: Flesh vs. Spirit

In Romans 8:1-11 Paul describes life in the Spirit and describes a different kind of struggle. A struggle nonetheless, but a struggle for those who are no longer condemned (8:1) because they are no longer bound by the “law of sin and death”—"the struggle of those who are now set free by “the law of the Spirit of life” (8:2)...Read More