Restore’s first Sunday at the Post Office!

Just two weeks ago we had no idea where we would gather for Sunday services. Yesterday we worshiped in the “upper room” of a Post Office we now own! To hear the amazing story of how all this happened check out the video below. (You can listen here.) The best part of the service was […]

A building!

It happened! In a matter of days we found not just an interim site but a longterm facility! Last night Restore Church closed on a former post office building right in the middle of the neighborhood yet easily accessible via main roads. We are staggered by God’s grace & provision in this! I feel like […]

State of the Church Address 2012

For a strong shot of what Restore is about, what God has done, & where are we going, check out Sunday’s state of the church address. In yesterday’s sunny but blustery weather at Gordon Park, Clete & I had a blast sharing our DNA, telling the story of God’s grace at Restore this far, & […]

A racetrack, LDS country, KC, & the D

Restore Church is greatly privileged to be part of two organizations, Acts 29 & the EFCA, that care about reaching people & planting churches. Last night I returned from a church-planting summit with the EFCA in Minneapolis. One of the best parts of the meeting was hearing what God is doing in very diverse contexts. Here’s […]

The Gospel is Unstoppable

Step into mission & the difficulties will come – relational problems, plans that don’t go quite right, closed hearts, demonic opposition, & persecution. The early church experienced these challenges as well, as we saw Sunday at Gordon Park in Acts 15 & 16. Thankfully they experienced what is true to this day, the gospel is unstoppable! […]

The Jesus of Revelation, Gordon Park

One of our biggest needs – as individuals & as a church – is to have a big view of Jesus. Yet everything around us conspires to shrink Him into a pre 1960’s flannel-graph hippie pacifist. That’s hardly the picture we see in Revelation. He is a glorious king, present leader, victorious lamb, conquering warrior, […]

The Father’s Plea, Gordon Park

Middle-fingered open rebellion was the younger brother’s deal. Rebellion camouflaged in religion was the older brother’s MO. As we saw yesterday, God lavishly extends mercy to both forms of lostness. And we also saw from Luke 15 that those who champion conversion should be known for celebration. In this service Jim Essian shared how Paradox […]

Exponential Backstage Interview 2012 Church Planting in Detroit and Chicago

Mike and I had the privilege along with other pastors within the EFCA to attend the Exponential Conference in April of 2012 in Orlando Florida.  Unfortunately Mickey Mouse did not show up to the conference which was a little disappointing to say the least.  But, we still had a great time and while we were […]

Crash Worship Location (& other things)

Sunday we have two special guests with us at Restore. First, Jim Essian of Paradox Church (Fort Worth, TX) will share his vision for church planting & how his church came to support Restore. Jim is the one who did last summer’s interview, What’s a white dude the wrong side of 40 doing planting a […]