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 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 […]

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

What makes the ¬†birth 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 […]

“White People Curious”

Flyer baby. Those people have lost their mind! Not stepping over people who are not black. Laying down your life for your neighbor. Beauty to ashes. All this & more, with a good dose of humor & a lot of encouragement, in this testimony by long term Detroiter, Jesus lover, & Restore family member Renee […]

Saturday Canvassing for NWS

Saturday from noon to 2pm we are canvassing our neighborhood for Sunday’s Neighborhood Welcome Service. We’ll meet at The PO at 11:45AM. We have a few thousand flyers to deliver so we’d love your help! Friday night 7:30PM the men will gather at The PO for Monthly Manhood Academy, as Christ follower & firefighter Randy […]

Acts 29

Acts 29! While I love my church planting network, I’m actually referring to this age in which Jesus continues to build His church. In the concluding message to our series through the book of Acts we see 3 reasons why The Unstoppable Advance Continues. The Gospel is for all peoples! Busting out of the cocoon […]

Jesus kicks Satan’s butt!

Behind the plexiglass at the counter of the coney island I frequent is a lot I can’t see. Likewise, behind the stuff that you see with your physical eyes in everyday life is a spiritual realm in which a battle is raging. Some people ignore it & others are obsessed with it.¬†Urban missionaries will face […]

Yellow Paint & No Fear

With all our talk about having a church facility that does not look “effeminized”, the paint in the upper room at The PO looks like something from a women’s restroom (yellowish, & not even the Michigan kind). Kind of funny! #firstworldproblems No worries, at Tuesday night’s work party we’ll get a tanner second coat on […]

Grace! & 3 baptisms at The PO

Theological liberals distort the gospel by subtraction and theological legalists distort the gospel by addition. The early church was threatened by the former and, as a result, took decisive action in what is known as the Jerusalem Council in Acts 15. In addition to learning the true essence of grace from this historic event we […]

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 […]