Author: Jonathan Dodson

  • 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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  • 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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