We’re Back!


The Olives and Coffee hosting site was hacked at the end of last year and it has taken quite a while to get everything back up and working.

We look foward to getting back to our goal of providing the Calvary community with extra information related to Sunday morning services, encouragement during the week, music that inspires us, book suggestions, stuff we find helpful on our faith journeys, and a few things that just make us smile.

Let’s relaunch with some new favorite music.

Where words fail, music speaks.

-Hans Christian Anderson

“It is Well” is an updated version of the classic hymn that beautifully captures the idea of our Hebrews theme of having eyes of faith.  How do we do it?  By “fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.”

Or, as the song says,

Far be it from me to not believe
Even when my eyes can’t see

And this mountain that’s in front of me
Will be thrown into the midst of the sea

Through it all, through it all
My eyes are on You
Through it all, through it all
It is well

All is well,


Happy 90th DTS!

Dallas Theological Seminary began In the fall of 1924, when 13 students met together to study under the teaching of Dr. Lewis Sperry Chafer.  From those humble beginnings, DTS now has more than 14,000 alumni that serve the Lord around the world.

DTS’ story is our story too.  We individually felt God’s call to attend DTS and our lives intersected on the small campus in the heart of downtown Dallas.

As part of the school’s 90th birthday celebration they asked several alumni to record short birthday greetings. This is our video.

Jim and Lisa

Ice Bucket Challenge

I would normally pass on these kind of social media crazes but due to our connection with several dear friends who passed away from ALS, and for those who currently suffer as a result of an ALS diagnosis, I decided to accept the challenge.

Since Pastor Ed Dobson and I often sparred over our respective love of Notre Dame and Michigan football, I did his ice bucket challenge at the Big House on Saturday.

Ice Bucket Challenge

Note:  we did tell the people around us first!


Grace Beyond Video

We have been talking a lot about Grace Beyond at Calvary this year as we continue to seek the Lord regarding his plan for our proposed building project.  Several weeks ago, Kent and Amy shared their Grace Beyond story during the worship service.  I posted it here in case you did not see it.

Grace Beyond is a building project, but it is more than a building project as Kent and Amy’s story so beautifully details.  It is extending the grace we receive to others…even to a little girl who lives in China and needs a place to call home.

As we move forward with Grace Beyond, we will be sharing even more glimpses of grace.

All the details for Grace Beyond can be found online at GraceBeyond.org.

All is well,



Lent 2014


As we begin Lent, Calvary’s devotional book encourages us to start by reading our benediction for the Refuge series, I Peter 5:10-11, every day this week.


As we take time to reflect on the promise of this benediction, we remember that we cannot read the words of Peter without reflecting on the life of Peter.

Peter, writing to encourage us to be strong, firm and steadfast, knows what it means to sink under doubt and suffering (Matthew 14:22-33; Luke 22:54-62).

Peter, writing to let us know that God will himself restore us, knows what it means to experience that forgiveness (John 21).

As we reflect on God’s great promises, we hope this song, Oceans (Where Feet May Fail), will be a beautiful reminder of these truths this Lenten season.

May God bless you as we prepare for Easter.

Jim and Lisa

The verse design is from ToSuchAsTheseDesigns.

Psalm 103/10,000 Reasons

In 2011, English worship leader Matt Redman released a new album 10,000 Reasons, which was also the name of the title song.  The song “10,000 Reasons” quickly become a popular worship song around the world and a favorite song at Calvary.

Here is the official music video:

For our Summer of Psalms series, it is also worth watching the following video explaining how the song was written, as well as Redman’s comments about the inspiration for this song, Psalm 103:

Psalm 95

summer-psalms-web1This Sunday Jim is preaching on Psalm 84, which was part of our Summer of Psalms readings for last week.  Psalm 95 has a similar theme — that God is good.

As we prepare for the service tomorrow, this video based on on Psalm 95 helps to remind us that preparing for the Sunday service should include recalling all that God has done for us this week so that we can praise his name together in the assembly.  Let’s come prepared to worship the one who is worthy of our praise.

All is well,