New series begins this Sunday

Easter is a uniquely important day, but it’s far more than just a day. With his resurrection, Jesus inaugurated a new epoch characterized by hope.

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City Youth: A look ahead

As we move into the final stretch of the school year and transition to the summertime, I want to share our City Youth plans with you.

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Smoke and Mirrors….or Substance?

I love Eugene Peterson’s translation of a famous expression of the Apostle Paul: “Let’s face it—if there’s no resurrection, everything we’ve told you is smoke and mirrors, and everything you’ve staked your life on is smoke and mirrors!” (1 Corinthians 15:13-14, The Message).

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Fifth Sunday in Lent | Anti-Sacrament?

All four Gospels record that Jesus was offered a drink of wine vinegar while he was on the cross (see Matthew 27:48-49, Mark 15:36 and Luke 23:36-37), but only John records that prior to this drink being offered to him, Jesus actually said, “I am thirsty.” And keep in mind that John was an eye witness to Jesus’ crucifixion. He was literally at the foot of cross, the only male disciple who did not run away, flanked by at least four women, three of whom, oddly enough were named Mary (see John 19:25 - “his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene”). 

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Fourth Sunday in Lent | Silence in Heaven

No human being, no matter how relationally wired or connected, has ever experienced the kind of intimacy that Jesus shared with his Father, which is why no human being, no matter how relationally challenged or neglected, has ever experienced the kind of rejection that Jesus felt from his Father on the cross.

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Explore Membership at City Church

No one should feel like they’re on the outside looking in at City Church. The church isn’t an elite club or homogenous social enclave. It should be the most welcoming place on earth, a motley mesh of humanity on mission. As the body of Christ, the church is the presence of Jesus in the world.

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Third Sunday in Lent | The Prayer of Us All

Have you ever felt forgotten, invisible? Have you ever screamed from the depths of your soul: does anyone see me? 

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Second Sunday in Lent | Who Prays Like This?

I am aware of two stories in the Gospels where Jesus gets angry - one is in the temple, the other is in a synagogue. Back to both in a moment. 

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First Sunday in Lent | A Heart Full of Others

Whenever I am hurting I do not think about the needs of other people. I just don’t, but Jesus does. His heart was full of others to the very end - “‘woman, here is your son,’ and to the disciple, ‘here is your mother.’” This disciple, whom Jesus loved, who is standing nearby, is also the author of this story. John had been Jesus’ closest companion in life, an ear and eye witness to Jesus’ command to him to take care of his mother, Mary. 

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