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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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  • This past Sunday City Life Church celebrated 10 Years of God’s grace to us as a church in the heart of Austin. We gathered to remember God’s goodness over the past decade and look forward to the future. As we reflect on our 10 year anniversary we asked you to send stories of what City…

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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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  • I vividly remember the day before Mother’s Day when I was 17.  My sister and I had stopped at a store to pick up a few toiletries.  We walked in, caught off guard by the up-front displays of cards, chocolates and flowers to celebrate mom.  I felt like I had been sucker-punched in the gut…

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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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