Bishop Philip Jones sets the stage for the observance of Pentecost (the birth of the Church) and shares how AMiA continues the ministry of church planting.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. In this message Bishop Jones explores why congregations, in living out the Resurrection, should become aware of ways to support those with mental health challenges.
By Bishop Philip Jones I had read Tim Keller’s book Center Church before, probably sometime soon after it was published in 2012. But last summer, during my sabbatical, I was drawn to it again, in a deeper and stronger way than the first time. This time, as I started making notes, I had a much different viewpoint. As most of you know, the eight-year-old church plant here, All Saints, is moving to a new building in downtown Dallas. We purchased the property after looking at many, many possible locations all over the greater Dallas area. We weren’t out to make a statement or be trendy. The property just fit us, our budget and our congregation. By God’s grace and leading, our people faithfully came forward with everything we needed, and we bought it: an old, early 1900s car dealership warehouse on a lonely little property surrounded by empty parking lots. Then things started happening. I knew God’s Spirit was moving among our people. He was bringing about so many circumstances. But it really did not strike me what He was doing until someone said, with a note of irony in their voice, “You are moving your church downtown?” It’s the same kind of voice I hear sometimes from those who don’t quite get the Anglican Mission. […]