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Blog Archives: May 2011

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May
2011

Why Should You Consider the Newbigin Fellowship?

Chuck DeGroat
Once upon a time, a missionary to India returned to the West and realized that it had changed.  Or, perhaps, he had changed.  Regardless, life would never be the same again for Bishop Lesslie Newbigin.   The late 20th century had introduced modern challenges to faith.  Secularization, urbanization, and even globalization presented new challenges to Christian faith.  Ordinary Christians had little idea how to navigate the new waters of change.  Many fell away from faith, seeing it as antiquated and irrelevant.   Lesslie Newbigin saw an ...
19
May
2011

21 Years of Parenting

Fred Harrell
My eldest son turns 21 tomorrow.  I love the man he is becoming and thank God for him every day as he is such a gift to me.  He has honed my soul more than he knows, and made me think and reflect and take inventory of my own life on more than one occasion.  He has done this in his own way, with the particular gifts and personality that God has given him, as have my other 3 children in their own particular way.  Each child, so different, so unique, and deeply impacting. Parenting is the greatest challenge of my life.  The physical exhaustion ...
18
May
2011

Good News!

Matt Nault
Re-Imagining Evangelism Book Discussion   Chapter 7 Good News!   The Greek word for gospel, used in the New Testament is euangelion, which is translated into English to mean good news. Unlike other religions or ideologies, which focus on advice or maxims to live a better life (e.g. treat others as you want to be treated, forgive your enemies, pursue justice and righteous, access deeper spiritual awareness through meditation), the Christian Gospel is essentially news: something has happened in history.  God has entered into space and ...
11
May
2011

Relief for Northern Japan

Adam Osfield Snell
The Bake Sale for Japan was an astounding success, raising $17,500. City Church’s overwhelming generosity on Mother’s Day is going to fund five relief trips to Northern Japan that our friend Pastor Seima and Grace City Relief are leading in the ongoing recovery effort. Their focus in the immediate aftermath of the quake and tsunami was to provide basic necessities; now, our partners are committed to providing longterm physical, emotional, and spiritual support—distributing supplies, cleaning up houses and neighborhoods, and spreading the ...
05
May
2011

A Reflection, A Resource, & A Request

Fred Harrell
A Reflection Have you been thinking about how to respond to the news of Osama bin Laden's capture and death? I have heard from many Christians who feel very conflicted and are trying to process the images on TV of people celebrating the death of not only a terrorist, but a human being, made in God's image.  Christians believe that death, war, killing, are all part of the wickedness of a fallen world, and are not God's intended future in the age to come.  Yet, in this lifetime, everything is messy and often mysterious, and we face questions  ...
04
May
2011

Jesus Outside the Box

Matt Nault
Re-Imagining Evangelism Book Discussion   Chapter 6 Jesus Outside the Box   I’m constantly surprised by the level of misinformation that’s out there about Jesus… There’s the blatant tabloid-esque gossip, such as “Jesus had an affair with Mary Magdalene, and they had kids,” recently mainstreamed in Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code (which I consider a terrific read for a thriller and at the same time not worth it’s weight in salt as a source of theological or religious factual information). There are more subtle nuances: “Jesus was a ...