Restoration Youth Ministry

On this coming Sunday, we will be sharing our plans for a ministry devoted to caring for and discipling our middle-school students! As a former youth-pastor, the idea of starting a youth-ministry from scratch that is driven by the Bible in one hand and solid research in the other was

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Advent Project

Four years ago, we delivered food to 30 families in San Bernardino. One of our members (the legendary Lou Ann Perry) was a teacher at Curtis Middle School and was concerned that many of her students would not have healthy food to eat during the long Christmas break. Most of

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Prophetic Voices

“Prophetic ministry seeks to penetrate despair so that new futures can be believed in and embraced by us.” -Walter Brueggemann In the wake of the tragedy of the September 11th attacks, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart went off the air for 9 days. Part of why they went dark was

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Restoration 2.0

I stood in the back on Sunday and watched peoples’ faces as they saw our new setup. There were seven tables in the front of the room, placed to promote conversations during our worship service. But we also understood that some people would prefer to reflect privately rather than around

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Change and the Church

Change. We live in a world that is changing faster than anyone could have ever imagined or any person could begin to catch up with. From the new discoveries of our universe and the human body to the way technology is changing the ways we connect with one another, our

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Advent Week 1: Matthew

Matthew begins his Gospel account with a genealogy. It’s not with the dramatic announcement from angels or the scandal of our Creator’s birth in a manger, but a list of names. A list I usually skip over to get to the good stuff. Unless I’m prepping for a Bible Trivia Game

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Why Restoration

Have you ever tried to name a church?  I hadn’t either.  You should try it some time, just for fun.  It’s hard to navigate through the clichés and come up with a name that doesn’t sound like a strange cult or retirement village.  It’s like naming a child, knowing that

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What We Believe

What a community believes about God, themselves, and the world around them is important.  Most of the well-documented evils the church has either condoned or actively been a part of, from our past (such as slavery in America and the crusades) to some of our current challenges (caring for our

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