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Friday, December 27, 2013

A link worth looking at...

Dear Antioch Church Family,

I trust you have enjoyed a blessed holiday season!

I am really looking forward to our annual 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting beginning January 1st. God always meets with us as we set aside this time to seek His face, but I feel an extra sense of urgency regarding it this year, poised as we are on the beginning of an entirely new season of ministry in our new church campus in the heart of downtown. 

The cry of my heart is that God will help us raise up a truly Gospel-preaching, Christ-exalting church that is filled with His manifest presence, characterized by the working of His Holy Spirit power, and always faithful to His infallible Word! In that vein, while I don't recall ever forwarding an article to our entire church mailing list, when I came across one this morning by Steve Hill entitled, "7 Great Lies in the Church Today," I wanted to bring it to your attention. It made me think of the words the Apostle Paul wrote to young pastor Timothy,

For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. (2 Timothy 4:3-4 NIV)
I found it very stirring and thought-provoking. I encourage you to take the time to read it and reflect on it by clicking here.

Teresa and I love you and look forward to all that God has in store for us all at Antioch Church. The best is yet to come...!

Pastor Mark

P.S. According to the latest word from our General Contractor, we expect to be able to hold our first service in our new church home on the West End DART Rail station on Sunday, February 16th, with our formal Dedication Service during the month of March! Be sure to mark your calendar!

Monday, November 25, 2013

A very special update about our new church campus

Monday, November 25, 2013

Dear Antioch Church Family,

What an exciting time it is at Antioch Church! We have so much to be grateful for as we enter this Thanksgiving season!

Now that we have secured financing for the remaining portion of the first phase of our new church campus project, work is moving ahead quite rapidly.The latest word I have from Steve Howard, our General Contractor, is that he expects us to be able to hold our first worship service in our new church home within the first few weeks of the New Year. Click on the photo above to watch a brief, online video update.

The credit arrangements we have made with our bank provide us with funds to pay for the actual physical remodel of the first floor of the building itself. In order to begin using our new facility, we will also need funds for what architects call “fixtures and furnishings.” These include such things as chairs and a basic audiovisual system for the multi-purpose space we will use for our worship services and other public ministry events; furniture for our atrium and ladies lounge areas, including the coffee shop that will be open throughout the week in our lobby; external signage on the building; and equipment for our Children’s Ministry area, featuring a first-class indoor playland.

Instead of immediately borrowing the approximately $150,000 in additional funds we will need to pay for these items, I am calling upon you and every member of our church family to join Teresa and me in giving the most generous donation each of us possibly can toward this amount between now and December 15th. Every dollar we give toward this goal will directly reduce the amount of our overall indebtedness and the amount of our monthly debt service payments going forward. Everything we are able to contribute toward our Give to Grow campaign between now and then will be applied to this goal. This includes any remaining payments made toward earlier Give to Grow pledges.

I am so very thankful to all of you for the way you have faithfully stood by our church with your tithes and with the offerings you have already given toward our new building. Our church is infused with fresh excitement and new momentum. We are headed towards the “downhill stretch” of our capital campaign towards the “finish line,” when we will begin worshipping and ministering in our beautiful new church home.

As I given thanks to God for your commitment to our congregation and its ministries, the following Scripture came to my heart and spirit as a promise from Him to you,
God is always fair. He will remember how you helped his people in the past and how you are still helping them. You belong to God, and he won’t forget the love you have shown his people. (Hebrews 6:10 CEV)
Teresa and I love you and thank God for the privilege of serving you. We look forward to seeing you at our Thanksgiving morning outreach to needy families in West Dallas and during our worship service this coming Sunday as I preach a special message from my latest series entitled, “How to Steward the Fulfillment of the Dream.”

The very, very best is yet to come for Antioch Church! My prayer for you is that God’s most bountiful blessings would be upon your entire family during this holiday season and throughout the coming year in proportion to the sacrifices you have made to see this vision become reality!

Pastor Mark

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Zing...! Ouch...! Wow...! (Mark Rutland's response to John MacArthur)

As Starbucks was working its wonder, waking up my body this morning, theological polemics in this article ( jolted my brain awake...and brought back to mind a snippet I once heard concerning the "Blind Men and the Elephant" poem,

"So oft in theologic wars
The disputants, I ween
Rail on in utter ignorance
Of elephants they have never seen!"
Here is the text of the poem itself, by John Godfrey Saxe (1816-1887),
It was six men of Indostan
To learning much inclined,
Who went to see the Elephant
(Though all of them were blind),
That each by observation Might satisfy his mind.
 The First approached the Elephant,
And happening to fall
Against his broad and sturdy side,
At once began to bawl:
"God bless me! but the Elephant
Is very like a WALL!" 
The Second, feeling of the tusk,
Cried, "Ho, what have we here,
So very round and smooth and sharp?
To me 'tis mighty clear
This wonder of an Elephant
Is very like a SPEAR!" 
The Third approached the animal,
And happening to take
The squirming trunk within his hands,
Thus boldly up and spake:
"I see," quoth he, "the Elephant
Is very like a SNAKE!" 
The Fourth reached out an eager hand,
And felt about the knee
"What most this wondrous beast is like
Is mighty plain," quoth he:
"'Tis clear enough the Elephant
Is very like a TREE!" 
The Fifth, who chanced to touch the ear,
Said: "E'en the blindest man
Can tell what this resembles most;
Deny the fact who can,
This marvel of an Elephant
Is very like a FAN!" 
The Sixth no sooner had begun
About the beast to grope,
Than seizing on the swinging tail
That fell within his scope,
"I see," quoth he, "the Elephant
Is very like a ROPE!" 
And so these men of Indostan
Disputed loud and long,
Each in his own opinion
Exceeding stiff and strong,
Though each was partly in the right,
And all were in the wrong!

Friday, April 26, 2013

A Prayer prompted by our Presidents...

May the kind words our five living Presidents had for each other yesterday somehow permeate the soul of our people, civilize our political dialogue, and become a prophetic precursor to a kinder, gentler America...!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Praising God Our Missionary Is Safe!

We are so thankful God answered prayer and that our missionary to Mexico, Kyle Bauer, and his family are safe! Here's a link to WFAA's news item from last night's 10PM news. You can read more by clicking on the following link:

Friday, March 08, 2013

Friday, March 8th

Dear Antioch Church Family,

Have you ever been betrayed?

Was it difficult for you to understand why or how it happened? Is it still very painful to think about? 

Jesus knows what betrayal feels like. Judas, one of His closest friends and associates, brutally betrayed Him at one of the most vulnerable and crucial moments of His life. Jesus went through it for you and me. He wants to heal our pain and help us make sense of what we have experienced.

This weekend, during my first sermon in my new, "Vintage Jesus," series, I am going to be talking about what happened to our Lord at the Last Supper, just before He went to the cross. Together, we are going to learn lessons from His life with the power to transform ours.

I look forward to seeing you on Sunday!

Pastor Mark


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

What Is A Dad?

At the funeral today of Dan Abbott, a wonderful man and a charter member of Hillcrest Church, I noticed this poetic tribute to fathers on the service program entitled, "What's A Dad?"

God took the strength of a mountain,
The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun,
The calm of a quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages,
The power of the eagle's flight,
The joy of morning in spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity,
The depth of family need,
Then God combined these qualities,
When there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete,
And so, He called it...Dad.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Helping NYC Churches Help Hurricane Sandy Victims

Wednesday, October 31st

Dear Antioch Church Family,

Earlier this year, our Pastors and Elders spent several days visiting churches and being mentored by leaders in the greater New York City area, including Brooklyn, Queens, Harlem, the Bronx, and lower Manhattan, along with the New Jersey and Connecticut suburbs. Here is an excerpt from an email I just received from one of them about the conditions in their neighborhood:

70 percent of the people in our city, Jersey City, do not have power. Right now on my block I hear people honking horns and screaming at each other - the streetlights are not working. I'm concerned about the people that are in the housing projects a few blocks from us, I think they might be flooded. Our pastoral staff all have power which is quite a miracle, and our church also has power - many of the people around us don't so that was definitely God. The roof on my house is partially damaged lots shingles missing, and the church roof is damaged from the rains - its a tar roof, water was leaking into the building in a couple of spots during the rain. There has been some looting. Thankfully no one is hurt from the storm or anything else. We have asked the congregation members that have power to take in those that don't temporarily, its in the 40's at night. Convoy of Hope is supposed to be coming but I'm not sure where the resources will be applied, I would like to be able to at least get diapers, milk/formula - I'm concerned for the babies. We kept our daycare open, the parents asked us too so at least their kids would have somewhere warm to be - the schools are all closed.
This is only the second day with no power and people are acting crazy - it's such a shame, but I expect it from non-Christians when they are scared. There's two guys fighting outside right now. Power is supposed to be out for 7 to 10 days, so I'm not sure how people will be acting a few days from now. Hopefully it will happen faster - not sure.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy's devastation, the relationships we established with these pastors and local churches offer us an unusual opportunity to give direct financial assistance to the storm victims in a way that also provides for their ongoing spiritual care.

This Sunday, we will be receiving a special offering for Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief. When you receive this email, I encourage you to pause for a moment and ask God what He would have you give. If you will be unable to attend our worship service, you can also contribute online via our church website by clicking here.

100% of what you designate for this purpose will go to help these congregations meet this need.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call my Administrative Assistant, Lauryn Everett, in our church offices: 972-392-3992 or email her at:

As an Antioch Church, God wants us to meet human needs in His name through radical generosity. Your gift of whatever size will help us do this. Thank you in advance for your giving!

Teresa and I love you and thank God for the privilege of serving you!

Pastor Mark

Monday, October 15, 2012

Syvelle Phillips Funeral Service

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Dear Antioch Church Family,

Yesterday, our dear brother in the Lord, Syvelle Phillips, member of Antioch Church and of our Apostolic Oversight Council, went to be with Jesus.

Visitation will take place this Thursday evening, October 18th from 6-8pm at the Rest Haven Funeral Home at 2500 State Highway 66 East in Rockwall.

The funeral will take place this Friday morning, October 19th, at 11:00am at the Church in the City at 6005 Dalrock Road in Rowlett.

Please join us in praying for his wife, Lovie, and their family.

Pastor Mark