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Blog Archives: February 2014

27
February
2014

Lent: A Downward Journey of Hope

By Laura Turner in conversation with Karl Digerness "This hill though high I covent ascend; The difficulty will not me offend; For I perceive the way of life lies here. Come, pluck up, heart; let's neither faint nor fear. " ― John Bunyan, The Pilgrim's Progress In the early years of the Christian church, a lot of Christians had a problem. The good news was that Rome had officially become a Christian state. The bad news, though, was that there were a lot of people who had turned their back on the church when Christians were being ...
20
February
2014

Who We Are: Youth & Children

As we continue our "Who We Are" series, we have grown a bit younger this week--which is just where we want to be. I talked with Rev. Julie Van Til and Rev. Dan Gannon about how City Church thinks about and shapes the culture around children and teenagers. Our youngest attendees are with us in the service, but do a lot of meeting and studying and praying on their own. We wanted you to have an understanding of why we do what we do, what we're learning, and why the spiritual growth of children and teenagers must be taken just as seriously as any ...
13
February
2014

Who We Are: Our Story

Laura Turner
With City Church's 17th birthday coming up this weekend, we wanted to take a look back at just how this place got started. I talked with senior pastor Fred Harrell about our story of origin, faith, and just how we came to be who we are. It's a long interview, but worth your time. How did City Church begin? It began with a conversation in 1991. I had been doing campus ministry at the University of Knoxville in Tennessee, and I was having a conversation with another campus minister. I didn't know what I wanted to do with my future--I ...
13
February
2014

23rd Street Volunteer Month

The Mission campus of City Church is about to celebrate a birthday, too--four years as of Easter Sunday. Back in 2010, we felt God leading us to start something new in order take next steps in loving the city locally, as a strategic part of following Christ to renew the City. So off we went, gathering together at first in Horace Mann Elementary School and then, a couple of years ago, finding a more long-term home at the Iglesia Presbiteriana-Mission, where we currently worship. Moving to this location enables us to be a church that grows in ...
06
February
2014

Who We Are: What is Newbigin

The Newbigin House of Studies has been around for awhile, and is a familiar name to anyone associated with City Church. But what exactly is it? What does it do, and how does it function? We're diving into the world of Newbigin this week as part of our Who We Are blog series. To start with, the Newbigin House of Studies is named after Lesslie Newbigin, a British theologian and missiologist whose view of The Gospel in a Pluralist Society has profoundly shaped the way many Christians see the work of the gospel. In an increasingly secular ...
06
February
2014

Featured Staff: Scot Sherman

This week, we talk with Rev. Dr. Scot Sherman, teaching pastor at City Church and executive director at the Newbigin House of Studies, about his beginnings at City Church, Lesslie Newbigin, favorite San Francisco eats, and the best kind of novel. What drew you, in the beginning, to work with Fred to be part of City Church and launch Newbigin House? My friendship with Fred goes back to 1991.  I was involved in a church plant in New York City and Fred was one of a number of campus ministers who would bring their students to New York to see ...