Author: Jonathan Dodson

  • When I’m really anticipating a movie release, I get online and do some research on the director, actors, and plot. I try to avoid spoilers, but get enough basic knowledge so I can appreciate the film more when I see it. In a similar way, people who read the sermon text in advance often get…

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  • The Church is in desperate need of a reviving work of the Spirit. Without the Spirit we will not be fervent in prayer, holy in action, or bold in mission. Apart from engagement with the Spirit, we drift to information, chase experience, or ride the waves of emotion. Instead, the Spirit wants to center us in…

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  • In 2018, our church asked God for more. More of Christ, more of his mission, and a more robust church. We were challenged, through the faith of Joshua, to attempt things that require prayer. Many of us responded by filling out a card, writing down what we would attempt in 2018 that required prayer. What…

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  • During the 2018 Mens Retreat we considered what it looks like to grow into a godlier version of ourselves. Consider how you can take the next step with each of these five marks of maturity. 1. Lead Yourself  A mature man is someone who first leads himself. He takes responsibility for his own faith and directs…

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  • Think of some of your favorite music, a party or workout playlist. What’s the playlist for? To get ready to celebrate, to prepare to party. In fact, listening to the playlist in advance, as we move around the room to our favorite beats, is a way to start the party early. Advent is a season, not just…

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  • POSITION PURPOSE: To come alongside City Life with a common passion and vision to: renew cities socially, spiritually, and culturally with the gospel of Jesus. In addition to possessing similar vision/values, philosophy of ministry and theology, this position will focus on missional community, ministry execution, and leadership development. We are open to various other giftings such…

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  • This Sunday we begin a new, monthly rhythm called Family Worship. Sunday after Sunday we gather as a church and segregate: adults over here, kids over there. As a result, we can lose appreciation and vision for our whole church family. We think its important that the whole church worship together. Here’s why. We want…

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  • Bombarded by so many facts every day, it can be challenging to know how much weight to assign each one. Pulled by many commitments, it can be difficult to know where to spend our time. In all this flux, St. Paul’s letters to the Thessalonians offer clarity and hope. Written to establish the church in faith, hope,…

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  • Our 10 Year Anniversary was way better than I anticipated. Not that I expected it to be disappointing, or a drag, but our Sunday gathering seemed suffused by a subterranean power that lifted spirits and riveted minds. God tipped his hand in the first line of our Call to Worship: Oh sing to the Lord…

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  • Every summer City Life observes the cultural rhythm of Austin by slowing down. We don’t offer City Seminary classes. City Groups often have a more relaxed and out-and-about rhythm. You get the idea. But is slowing down enough to counterbalance anxious parenting, busyness at work, and inner restlessness? How do we flourish? The Psalms wrestle…

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  • On Sunday we dedicated eight children. It was a fun, memorable morning, but what exactly is child dedication? Why do we do it? What is Child Dedication? The practice of baby dedication is based on a precedent in the Old Testament, followed by Jesus when he was presented to the Lord in the Temple (Luk…

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  • The Gospels claim Jesus rose from the dead, which can be hard to believe. But if it is true—that Jesus walked out of death—wouldn’t that change a lot? What does the resurrection change? Quite simply, it should change everything. If the power of sin, death, and evil can be overthrown, then the resurrection changes the…

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