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Shivering Well

Taken from a recent post from Alicia Guevara, Sabrina drew the short straw last night. Last shower. And the sibs who went before her took loooong longity-long showers. The hot water was gone. But she needed a shower. She had spilled paint all over herself in art class, and I’m pretty sure she forgot deodorant yesterday. And…

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The Logic of God’s Love

  From Doug Stevens, a Pastor-in-Residence at Restoration and Founder of the Renewal Project The literal translation of logos from the Greek is “word,” which is entirely inadequate for understanding the depth and force of this concept.  Logos is not merely the word for “word,” but carries the connotation of meaning, of explanation, of premise,…

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“I can’t say my name….”

Our youngest son is five-years-old. And like many kids his age, he has trouble pronouncing certain sounds… Like “R.”  Which is especially sad, because his name is Harvey. The other night, Harvey was telling me how he was excited about showing his class how he is learning to juggle. He has two stuffed animal lambs…

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Neither Paul nor Apollos

One great quality about our current series Irresistible; The Power of Grace, is that the congregation will get to walk through it hearing two distinct voices. I, Simon, and team teaching this series with Doug Stevens, who is newish to our community having just relocated to the Round Rock/Austin area with his wife Nancy. Doug…

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Insanity of Obedience

How do we begin to walk and work with God, especially in dangerous places? Based on the documentary The Insanity of God, this 6-session Bible study presents missionary Nik Ripken sharing true stories of people who are suffering for the name of Jesus. This study is an invitation to open your heart, your mind, and…

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With Those Who Weep

After a contentious presidential election that concluded with stunning results, it’s clear that many people in our nation this week are lamenting, grieved and even fearful of how they fit into this new (a)political culture. As the church, we need to genuinely understand this grief and affirm it; and certainly not gloss or gloat.  I…

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Me on Memes (1)

Occasionally someone will post a meme that catches my attention and that I think deserves a reply. Got one that you’d like me to address? Send it! “Why do we only ‘rest in peace?’ Why don’t we ‘live in peace’ too?” Theologically speaking one “rests in peace” when they pass away with the hope of resurrection…

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Greatest EVER?

“…the greatest of all time…”   “The most decorated _______ EVER….”   “We’re seeing history in the making…”   “…has just written their place in the history books…”   “No one has ever…”   “We may never see anything like this again…”   These are phrases that are kicked around a lot by commentators—not just in…

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NU: The Story of Dating, Sex & Marriage

She was faithful to God in waiting for her husband. He was not. This is their story. On June 5th & 12th (10:30am service), we’ll host a two-part series called NU: The Story of Dating, Sex and Marriage. My wife, Alicia and I will unpack our own experiences and explore the scriptural wisdom on waiting, dating and anticipating their…