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Blog Archives: January 2015

30
January
2015

Extravagant Generosity

Update on December Goals Thank you City Church! We set what we thought was an ambitious goal for giving in December 2014, but it was also based on wisdom from past trends. December has historically been a watershed month for giving, and after the most  generous December we have ever experienced in 2013 we set the target to match what was raised that year. We knew our $1.38 million target was audacious, what we didn’t know was just how generous the congregation would be, giving over $1.5 million by the time the month drew to a close, from ...
22
January
2015

The Story of Scripture, Part 3

Rev Dr Peter Choi Interviewed by Laura Turner This Saturday, January 24th, we will be holding the third part of a five-part conversation on the Story of Scripture with Rev. Dr. Peter Choi. This time, we’ll be focusing on “How the story bogs down: Knowing God as we walk through the flatlands of life.” Laura Turner sat down with Peter Choi to ask about what the series has been like and what we have to learn from and for our ordinary lives. For more information and to RSVP, click here. What were the past two classes like? It can sound like ...
15
January
2015

A Deeper Love

Chuck DeGroat
When I was first asked to do a church marriage retreat, the title I sent to the pastor was, “On the Death of Your Marriage.” He said, “Wow…we’ll sell out with a title like that!”  He was joking, of course, but even with that title we filled a large conference room and I spoke with the wisdom of a 31 year-old married for six years. Some nice folks told me it was a very good retreat. A few others left scratching their heads. Looking back at my notes, I think the content for the retreat was excellent, though I can’t imagine my 31 year-old self ...
08
January
2015

In Its Wake

Laura Turner
It can take a lot of work to be astonished. It’s easier to go from one thing to the next in our daily lives than to do the hard work of slowing down, paying attention, and thanking God for the striated colors in the sky at sunset or the way someone who owed us nothing has served us. But Epiphany--the church season we find ourselves in from now until we begin Lent in February--invites us to do just that. The word “epiphany” means “to cause to appear,” or “to make manifest.” We can think of it as a certain kind of realization, like Benjamin ...