Irving

My family and I were grateful to be able to drive up to Michigan for the holydays. I’m always grateful to our church community for allowing me the privilege to go on vacation. The drive up was quick! We went from Round Rock to Grand Rapids on Christmas Day (1357 miles!) in just 18hrs &…

Abound in Hope

My first career was in broadcast news, where I served a creative services producer. My core task to was help present and promote the news to be as compelling as possible. I was responsible to “make” as many people as I could feel like they must watch the news.  So I’m well aware of the ins…

The Word becomes toxic

I’ve gotten (back) into biking again.  I’ve had 3 distinct seasons in my life where I really enjoyed biking. Once when I was in 21, living in suburban New York City. I had a mountain bike that was my primary mode of transportation. On my days off, I’d hop on and ride out as far…

5 Things I Learned While Being off Social Media

Last week, without any fanfare or farewell, I took a short break from all Social Networking. This is what I found out: 1. I became aware of how much time I spend socially networking. When I wake up in the mornings, I usually grab for my phone and sort through my notifications. I’ll swipe off…

Live The Story Week #5

When we think of the command to love Others, how many of us think of it as a theological construct, rather than a call to actually and practically change the way we relate and forgive the people around us? Pull up a chair and join us Sunday June 1 at 9a for a ‪Live The Story‬ Discussion…

Word for Word’s Sake

Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it in the hearing of the people. And they said, “All that the LORD has spoken we will do, and we will be obedient.” Exodus 24:7  On Good Friday, Restoration is hosting the first of what I hope will develop into something we do more…

There Ought To Be a Law

I track with local news in multiple cities and am often looking at the headlines.What I’ve noticed about the comments that follow tragic events is a call for more or tighter laws or stiffer penalties. There is a certain wisdom that goes along with this, and the comments emerge from people of different political opinions…

Up Off the Mat

One of the things that I appreciate about Restoration is the diversity. Round Rock is, generally speaking, pretty diverse anyway, but what I mean is that we seem to connect with a pretty wide demographic. We have many different cultural and ethnic expressions in our church as well as a wide age range. And the…

Need Each Other

I’ve been off on a family vacation for the last two weeks & am so thankful to be refreshed for the new year at Restoration. I say refreshed but rested isn’t usually a part of our family vacations. Just about every break we get in the year, we make the trek up to Michigan to…

Happy HolyDays Everyone

Yesterday I found myself in the middle of a cultural discussion about Christmas. For some say that there is a war on Christmas happening right now. As our culture desires to be less expressive about the Christian roots behind the celebration of the season, many hear “Happy Holidays!” as a concession that “God is not…