Author: Jonathan Dodson

  • In an age of activism and information it’s easy to commit one of two errors. We can latch onto a cause of the moment in order to feel as though our life counts. At least we’re doing something that matters. Or, overwhelmed by the volume of causes and issues in the world, we retreat from…

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  • Advent is a season of preparation for Christmas. We “prepare” for Christmas in many ways: throwing parties, reliving nostalgic family memories, remembering lost loved ones, the joy of giving, the anxiety of pleasing others, and the flurry of Christmas shopping. But what would it look like to prepare your heart and mind for the greatest wonder of all,…

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  • 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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