The Bishop of Baltimore brings it in Detroit

If you care about reaching your city, your time will not be wasted in watching this message by Michael Crawford of Freedom Church in Baltimore. If I had a bishop, it would be Mike! I love this brother’s gospel fueled passion for making disciples in the urban core. Something really special went down this weekend! […]

ONE Series wrapped, but racial diversity a gospel issue to & through eternity

Just as movie trailers give preview glimpses of movies, the church is to be a beautiful preview of Revelation 7:9, all kinds of people worshiping God together for His mercy and to His glory. Sunday we concluded our ONE series by looking at 4 specific ways we can pursue being this kind of church. While […]

A great weekend with Alvin & 4th Dgroup launched!

Between Alvin Sanders teaching Saturday night and preaching Sunday morning and then launching our 4th Dgroup it was a great weekend at Restore! In the Saturday night session Alvin shared the good, bad, & ugly of his experience planting a church in inner city Cincinnati. You can listen in on that interactive session here (your […]

ONE Series: Wrecking Ball or Cotton Ball Gospel?

The common portrayals of Jesus as a white man or a black man reveals the cultural captivity of the gospel. Such cotton ball gospels reinforce and build up the walls of ethnic separation. The wrecking ball gospel drops these walls by showing God’s love for all ethnicities, uniting enemies into one body, making Jesus our […]

ONE series kickoff: Imago Dei, & an amazing day!

“These premises shall not be occupied by a negro or colored person” reads the original deed to our building. Our history as a nation is drenched in racism and every one of our stories, whether you realize or not, has been shaped by racism. Yesterday, we began our ONE series by looking at how the […]

Real Faith – the story of zeroes who became heroes

How can a dude who got wasted, another guy who was OK with people sleeping with his wife to save his neck, a murderer, an adulterer, a prostitute, a scoffer, and on and on and on, be commended for their faith? That’s the story of Hebrews 11. So how?! Through the True Hero who turns […]

Cagefighting (& canvassing)

Sunday we kicked off our DNA crews by looking at Ultimate Fighting – the battle against unbelief. Here the stakes are far higher than broken noses and concussions! In Hebrews 3 & 4 there are 4 vital truths that we must hold onto as we move through the octagon of life. Thankfully God sent – […]

Restore’s First Christmas at the PO!

Resumes often describe jobs in funny & (just occasionally;) exaggerated ways. Do you know what an Urban High Pressure Renumeration Engineer is? A mugger! However, there is one resume that is completely factual – Christ’s from Hebrews 1. What makes His birth so special is who He has everlastingly been long before he ever hit […]

Christ’s Eternal Resume (& an exciting birth announcement in the Restore Fam!)

What makes the ┬ábirth of Jesus so special is who He has always been long before he ever hit the swaddling clothes. And getting a bigger view of Jesus is what carries the day when tragedy hits us and we are tempted to tap out and turn back. In Hebrews 1 we are taken to […]

Neighborhood Welcome Service

Clete opened up Sunday’s Neighborhood Welcome Service by saying that if anything good was going down in Restore it was only because of God’s grace. Truth! We’ll take credit for the other stuff;) It was sweet to celebrate with our family and neighbors what God is doing. In the message I shared the four pillars […]