Author: Jonathan Dodson

  • C.S. Lewis once wrote, “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pain: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” God wants to rouse, not just the world but the church, our church. What is he saying through our pain? No doubt, many things including a more just, less busy society, but he’s also…

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  • The headlines this past week exposed, yet again, the deep-seated, enduring racism in our country. Anger-fueled riots left cities in smoldering ruins. What resources do we recommend? How can we respond? Messages Each of these messages contain theological reasoning, apologetic work, and steps for action. Gospel Works in Controversial Times (Jonathan Dodson) What about Racism?…

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  • Headlines often disparage Christians, sometimes for good reason. What kind of headlines should we make? It can be tempting to fear economic collapse, point fingers at politicians, or judge others who fail to respond to the pandemic as we do. However, the Church should stick out as: lovers of the good (1:8), models of the…

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  • The coronavirus is an occasion for both fear and faith. Some people are rushing to stores to purchase non-perishables and buy facemasks that don’t help. Others are indifferent to the virus altogether. How should we respond? Responding to Bad News The current facts are that COVID #19 has resulted in the loss of over three thousand…

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  • Unfortunately due to travel restrictions and health concerns we will be postponing this event until later this year. Stay tuned for more info on the new dates. Over the past decade City Life Church has helped plant churches and fostered renewal in the cities of Montreal, Dublin, Kuala Lumpur, and Nashville. On March 28-29, key…

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  • People often have questions about the claims of historic Christianity. Over the last decade some of these questions have shifted from key doctrines of the faith (inerrancy of the Bible, the resurrection) to social and cultural concerns (race, gender, sexuality). People want to know if Christianity is good not if it is true. Whatever the…

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  • A surprisingly high number of people attend religious services in our secular age. What are they looking for? Some want to meet people; others to go to heaven, or do some good. Each of these reasons is driven by longing for meaning—meaning in relationships (church), spirituality (Christ), service (mission). But there is a near and far side…

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  • You can hear the thunder rumble in the pages of Galatians as St. Paul calls out churches being lured away from the gospel of Jesus. Some of the temptations they face can seem quite foreign to us; others are eerily familiar. While we can’t imagine being bullied into circumcision, we can relate to corrosive power…

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  • After spending most of the Spring growing in our relationship with the Spirit, it’s time to turn our attention back to Jesus. The parables of Jesus are far from quaint stories; they are stories that disclose another world, revealing the order, beauty, and goodness of the kingdom of God. This kingdom both challenges and inspires our present…

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  • Why does Jesus give us his Spirit? At the end of each Gospel, Jesus gives the Church instructions for their Spirit-filled mission. Matthew, Mark, Luke & John each provide a different angle on the mission of his people.  We aren’t saved simply to gather; we‘re saved to “Go!” 

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  • 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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