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  • The following is an excerpt from our Partners Class book. If you are new to City Life or have never taken a Partners Class we invite you to join us as we explore the basics of City Life Church: the Gospel, Community, and Mission. We want to share with you our story: how we started, what…

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  • If you are like me, then you assume that the best way to rest before a big day is by staying up late, watching Netflix, maybe eating some ice cream, and having a conversation with friends. Now don’t get me wrong. Those things can be God honoring and helpful. But, does it help our preparation…

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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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  • You may have heard about a quarterly gathering we recently started called Commune. We noticed that, due to time constraints on Sundays and the busyness of life, our church needs a space for extended contemplation to commune with God. Most of us don’t lack the head knowledge of the life transforming power of the gospel,…

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  • In college, there was a great frozen yogurt place right down the street from where I lived with all my buddies. As we all filed in, each person would take one or two samples of the yogurt and make a decision (because frozen yogurt flavor is an important decision when money is tight). Several of…

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  • Neighborhood Churches have been a core component of City Life Church for several years now. Originally, they were called “expressions,” a term we borrowed from our friends at Soma, which helps communicate Neighborhood Churches as a local expression of the church in a particular area of the city. However, as the city of Austin continues to…

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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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  • When I saw a tweet about the new series Stranger Things, I knew right away the series was going to be a hit. Tweny-four hours later, I’d finished the entire series (ashamedly)! The incredible sound track, “coming of age” vibe, and 80’s feel hooked me. I started naming playlists after the show and listening to more…

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  • In January, we had the privilege of hearing Dr. Alvin Reid teach on Raising a Generation to Love the Gospel. As adults who engage with the next generation–whether as parents, teachers or ministry volunteers–we were challenged to take a long view of a child’s life when thinking about how we minister to them and share…

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  • The Forum on Public Faith exists to help us think as Christians about issues of public concern. Past forums have addressed a variety of issues including poverty, bioethics, refugees, and organ donation. Our most recent forum centered around the topics of race and ethnicity. We were privileged to host Dr. Juan Sanchez of High Pointe…

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  • We live in a culture of speed, where a hurried life is noble. But is this what Jesus prizes? Was Jesus a hurried leader? When we try to keep pace with our society of speed, eventually we join the likes of Bob Dylan, “I was burned out from exhaustion, buried in the hail. Poisoned in…

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