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Life and Taxes

This week’s reading from Matthew contains one of the most brilliant rhetorical flourishes in literature. The simple turn of phrase, “Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s” not only diffused an incredibly difficult situation, one whose nuance may be lost on many of us today...Read More

Experiential Learning

Have you ever noticed how Jesus taught in a very experiential way? He used a myriad of objects, situations, and resources all around him to get his point across and connect with people. Once he even used saliva and mud to heal a blind man - that would have been quite an experience. There are two fantastic opportunities for experiential learning coming up at All Saints Dallas...Read More

You Are Cordially Invited

I’m pretty sure that if I had received a hand-written invitation to Will and Kate’s wedding in London a few years back I would have found some way to make it; even if it meant taking the rest of my sick days at work and borrowing money for a plane ticket. I certainly wouldn’t have burned the invitation or shot the poor courier who delivered it...Read More

Exploring the Theology of Creation

Thanks to so many of you for taking the time out this past Saturday to hear the presentation by Christopher West. Through lecture, dialogue, song, and video, we were presented with a vision of what it means to desire God more than anything. One of the things we've learned is that God loves us faithfully, totally, freely, and fruitfully...Read More

The Covenantal Householder

As you will recall if you heard him, Philip preached on this passage a couple of weeks ago. It is also sometimes referred to as the parable of The Eccentric Employer. Some translations refer to him as a landowner, but the NT Greek text uses a word which means the head of a family, a goodman (male head of a household), a householder, or the master of the house. However one refers to him, the actions of this man doing the hiring, the agreements he makes with the laborers, remind me of the covenants of the Old and New Testament...Read More

Terrible Tenants

This weeks Gospel reading is parable about failure, namely the failure of Israel’s religious leaders. God entrusted them with a position of great privilege and they responded through acts of utter betrayal. Consider this then, God had given the religious leaders of Israel a wonderful vineyard to cultivate; he had given them all the necessary equipment to do the job...Read More

A Feast for the Heart and the Mind

"Live in God's presence" is an integral part of our mission statement. It focuses on the "being" part of us, not just the "doing." There is a lot we are doing, but that must come out of our being. On Saturday, October 4th, Christopher West will be here at All Saints Dallas for a special presentation...Read More

Change of Mind, Change of Heart

The parables of Jesus are studies in inverted expectations. This weeks Gospel reading (Matthew 21:28-32) tells the story of two brothers, both asked to go to work in their father’s vineyard. The first refuses to go, but then decides to go after all. The second agrees to his father’s request to his face, but never ends up going into the vineyard. Jesus asks his audience, comprised of religious leaders, which son did the will of his father...Read More

God's Desires for Our Desires

Sex has a way of getting our attention. But, there's more to it than we could ever dream or imagine. The longing, the desire that God has built in us is often fed junk food when what He really has for us is a banquet meant to fulfill our most intimate desires. With a sex saturated culture, it's confusing and tempting to give into the dominant themes we get bombarded with daily...Read More

Being Human 101

We hear a lot about what it means to be a human, and hear a lot of competing voices. In church you sometimes hear the spiritualistic notion that we are at our most basic souls housed in bodies. In the academy you’ll sometimes hear a materialistic reduction of humanity that says all we are is our bodies, that the spiritual experiences we have are really just the chemical activities of in our brains...Read More