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  • Our Forums on Public Faith exist to help us think Christianly about issues of public concern. Our most recent forum addressed the pressing issue of sexual assault. Recent Hollywood scandals and the #MeToo movement have pushed the issue of sexual assault into public consciousness. How should we respond? Can the church be a safe place for survivors?…

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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 2017, we set out to be a people of biblical depth, spiritual growth and public faith. In many ways, these prayers were answered. It’s funny, we often pray for things, and once they are answered forget to connect the dots in gratitude to God. In 2017, there are a lot of dots to connect!…

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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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  • A Baby It was the Fall of 2013. I was visiting a local park with my 4-year-old and 2-year-old in tow, when I saw a woman with a baby and felt sudden and overwhelming relief that it wasn’t me. To be honest, I felt disgust for the whole baby phase. Earlier that summer, I had…

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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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  • Recently the topic of mercy was floated to me for a short sermon I was to give at our neighborhood church gathering. As I was prayerfully considering an appropriate scripture passage that addressed mercy I came upon Matthew 9:9-13 and it kind of took me aback when I read it. It wasn’t so much the…

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  • At City Life Church, a City Group is a missional community, where we can be the church to one another and to the city. It’s not just a “community group”, focused on ourselves.  It’s not just a mission-focused group, focused on the city. In a sense, it’s both, a city – group. So let’s talk…

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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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