Author: Jonathan Dodson

  • Our world can often feel askew, upside-down. How can things be righted? How do we get in touch with what God is doing? The Holy Spirit. Who is the Holy Spirit? What is he doing in this world? And where is he going with it? We explore all of these questions in our recent message, The Doctrine…

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  • 26 Dead. 14 were children. A pregnant mother. All worshippers of our Lord, gunned down. Sin is senseless. Evil is sin in overdrive. A parasite that feeds on the good, evil should be despised. This is part of lament: “Let all their evildoing come before you,     and deal with them as you have dealt with…

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  • Division is in the air. Differences over gender, race, and religion, to name a few, make the internet boil and people snap. But division is not something that should mark the Church. Of all people in the world, the Church should be the most unified. We possess both the responsibility and resources to display compelling…

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  • With controversy raging in our society, it’s easy to be caught and blown about by a cultural gust. Emotions can quickly soar high and plummet low. When we react to controversy, we may say something we shouldn’t, resort to social media instead of loving interpersonal action, silently steam, despair, or experience paralyzing inaction. St. Paul’s…

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  • With controversy raging in our society, it’s easy to be caught by a cultural gust and be blown about. Storm-tossed by every wind of doctrine, our emotions can soar high and plummet low. Regrettable actions can follow or stunned, inaction may set in. How do we find stability in turbulent times? We need something deep,…

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  • As the Weinstein scandal began to break, my heart broke with it. Woman after woman stepped forward to testify of sexual assault. A flashpoint case, stories began to crawl out of the dark corners of high towers of power. Then I heard about the federal case against a predatory Austin man who flew to Florida…

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  • At first glance, Jonah seems like a silly tale of fish-swallows-man-overboard-and-survives. But a closer examination of the story reveals deep insight into the character of God and the predicaments we all find ourselves in. Jonah avoids the presence of God, struggles with compassion for his pagan neighbors, endures great adversity, struggles with heartfelt obedience, and…

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  • Although just 3.4% of the U.S. population has been directly affected by Hurricane Harvey, its ripples reach all of us. Some of you have loved ones whose homes have been ruined by the flood, leaving them with a sense of loss similar to coming home to find your house burned down. A friend of mine living…

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  • In less than two weeks, on September 3rd, I’ll return from a three month sabbatical! Over the summer, we had the opportunity to worship with many different churches, and each time we walked away with felt gratitude for City Life. Even our kids would implore, Sunday after Sunday: Can we go back to City Life…

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  • Dear City Life, We’re at the midpoint of our sabbatical and loving it. I’m writing as we drive back to Austin from a couple days in New York City (don’t worry Robie is driving), after a week and a half in D.C.! Everything we’ve prayed for so far, God has graciously answered. I’ve been doing…

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  • As we clear the hurdle of spring, we often look to the for summer for relief—family vacations, 4th of July celebrations, swimming and playing outdoors. Summer is a rest rhythm at City Life Church. We don’t offer City Seminary classes, plan fewer events, and encourage City Groups to enjoy one another and creation. Recreation, however,…

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  • This Sunday the elders announced to our church partners that I will be taking a three month sabbatical this summer. I will be completely disengaged from life and ministry at City Life Church from May 31st to August 31st. Up front, I want to say thank you for this gift. I am grateful I can say, with St….

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