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Blog Archives: April 2014

24
April
2014

Considering Christianity

Laura Turner in Conversation with Matt Nault It can be hard to know what to do when you are first asking questions about faith. There are Sunday mornings in the pews, passing the peace and absorbing the sermons. There are books to read and questions to ponder, but when it comes to following your curiosity about God in community, the route isn't so prescribed. That's a big part of the reason why we offer Considering Christianity, a four-week series of get-togethers meant to be a time of exploration, deep thought, and no pressure. I talked ...
10
April
2014

Holy Week: Journey With Jesus

Holy Week is fast approaching, and with it the end of all our Lenten sacrifices. But before you reach for that glass of wine or bar of chocolate, I want us to think for a moment about what it means to end well. To end, of course, has several different meanings. We can end a task, end a fast (this is where "breakfast" comes from--breaking the nighttime fast), end a relationship, end a life. And as we end this season of Lent, we look to the way that Jesus ended--which, of course, was no real ending at all--to learn how we might be able to do ...
03
April
2014

Conscious Marrying

written by Kirsten Oates, one of the teachers of our pre-marriage course In last week's announcement that she and husband were separating, actress Gwyneth Paltrow borrowed a term from Dr. Habib Sadeghi and Dr. Sherry Sami: "Conscious Uncoupling." Sadeghi and Sami sought to explain that "the idea of being married to one person for life is too much pressure for anyone," and that divorce and separation are natural responses to an outdated mode of understanding relationships. We thought this was a great opportunity to talk about how City ...
03
April
2014

On Our Bookshelf

The City Church family, both near and far, have a few book releases we wanted to take a moment to mention. This is a great occasion to celebrate with some of our friends and learn from each other while we do. Chuck DeGroat isn't a new name to most of us. The Newbigin House co-founder and Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling at Western Theological Seminary was also a teaching pastor at City Church for many years. His newest book, Toughest People to Love: How to Understand, Lead, and Love the Difficult People in Your Life--Including ...