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Blog Archives: October 2014

30
October
2014

Know God, Know Self: A Men's Retreat

“Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is.” With that quote, Frederick Buechner issues an invitation and a challenge. The invitation is to listen, to take some time and create some space within yourself for being and receiving. And the challenge is to look beyond the meals and conversations and work that makes up your day and to see your life for its endless mystery. This is what the City Church men’s retreat will be focusing on when it takes place on Friday, November 14-Saturday, November 15 at the Vallombrosa Center in ...
23
October
2014

This Fall with Fred

What are you excited about for the upcoming month? There is a lot going on in November.  One of my responsibilities as a pastor is to help people understand Scripture in a healthy way. Without a healthy hermeneutic, we will read the Bible only out of our context, our pain, our anger, and our story--which is another way of saying we’ll use it in any way we want. So I’m excited about the second installment of the Story of Scripture on November 8th. We’ve had ridiculously good feedback on part one--the style of the class, the way it’s put ...
23
October
2014

Featured Staff: Dan Gannon

This week, we’re talking with Director of Youth Dan Gannon. Dan has been on staff with City Church for seven years and is currently pursuing his doctorate through Fuller Seminary. He has been married to Kimberly since 2009 and they just had their first son, McCann. What initially drew you to City Church? It was the Sunday before Thanksgiving, 2006. I had graduated from seminary that summer and was living with a friend in SF, checking out churches to worship at.The first time I went to check out City Church, a friend’s mom decided to come ...
16
October
2014

A Christian take on the Enneagram

The Enneagram is a tool that can help you understand your strengths and weaknesses and why you respond the way you do to things that arise in your life. While that might be  useful, there is something deeper we are hoping to uncover. During our time we hope to help people understand the challenge of sin, the ways it has shaped our personality and the way it can block love and cause suffering in our lives and in the lives of people around us. But suffering is not the final word and the Christian story has good news for anyone desiring a path ...