In, Through & Around

At our monthly council meeting and again at our weekly staff meeting, I asked everyone to share their responses to three questions: How is the Lord working IN you? How is He working THROUGH you? How is He working AROUND you? These questions might provide a helpful framework for a spiritual conversation between brothers and…

Hired Texas Job Club has relocated

With mutual rejoice and admiration for each other’s work in the Austin area, the Hired Texas Job Club has relocated to Grace Presbyterian Church on Gattis School Road in Round Rock. We have so much enjoyed our partnership with Hired Texas but am thankful that they were able to find a new home to continue…

Men’s Vacation: Sacred Friendships

I’m finally recovered enough to report on what happened at Men’s Vacation, our retreat that was this past weekend in Glen Rose, TX. Fourteen men took time away from their work and families to drive up and create space for new friendships to form. Before we left, many of these guys didn’t really know each…

Men’s retreat final info

RESTORATION MEN’S “VACATION:” THE RETREAT FOR MEN WHO DON’T LIKE RETREATS APRIL 26-28 AT THE RIVERBEND RETREAT CENTER   Directions from Austin: Take Interstate Highway I-35 North . Exit onto Highway 317 north at Belton. Take Highway 6 West at Valley Mills into Meridon, then take Tx-144 north. Turn right on FM202. Turn right on County…

Practical Family Discipleship Part 1

One of the teachings in our “Relationships Restored” series was on the responsibility of Knowing, Living and Sharing God’s Story with our family. If you weren’t able to hear that message, you can find it on the Sermons section of our website. The teaching part was essentially a coaching message, like “let’s get out there and win…

Share It Opportunity

Tonight, I’m so thankful to the many friends of Restoration who came out today to help clean and prepare a member’s house for sale. While the circumstances of her needing to move out were difficult, I saw so much love pouring in as friends of all ages did yard work, cleaned, organized and inventoried. Teens…

Recalculating

I was sitting at lunch talking with a friend about the concept of repentance. While that sounds like a way heavy lunch conversation, you should know that one of my hobbies is to break down church-y concepts like that so that they retain their teeth but are more naturally connecting to regular life. Sometimes, I…

Hold Still

I was walking my older boys (1st & 2nd graders) out the door this morning and realized that we had forgotten to do “the verse of the day.” I have this great Bible app (YouVersion) on my phone with a widget that shows the VoD.Most mornings, during breakfast, the boys ask me to read it…

Presence

I was informed yesterday of the passing of a great theologian and someone I knew as a teacher & acquaintance. Dr. Jim Grier was an instructor at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, where I attended from ’05-’08. He had retired sometime before I started my track, so I never took classes with him, but his influence…