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Blog Archives: May 2012

31
May
2012

Are We Conformed by Images?

David Starfas
We are bombarded by images daily. Images that tell us where to go, what to wear, and what to do, on the sides of buses, billboards, street signs, etc. A study by the Yankelvich market research firm estimates that a person living in the City sees 5,000 advertisements a day. These images of popular culture effect how we view and receive information whether it is a conversation at work or a story from the Bible. We approach every situation with an image, a mental model of how it should be– including the Church.   If we were asked to imagine ...
31
May
2012

Musings on the Newbigin Fellowship

"People say they come to the Fellowship looking for answers and only get more questions.  In some ways, that is true - you definitely start to see how 'deep the rabbit hole goes' - but the journey leaves you nourished and inspired by the rich heritage of thoughtful Christians who have come before, both ancient and contemporary.   My wife Shiying and I joined the Newbigin Fellowship together this past year and it was a great experience! Taking this journey as a couple, we now have a common vocabulary for talking about and understanding our ...
24
May
2012

New Life in China

Adam Osfield Snell
We chased the sun west—aloft surging seas, bobbing icebergs, treeless tundra, and immobile mountains—and descended downward to the other side of the earth without ever leaving the light of day. When our friends in China asked our twelve person team to prepare the Easter message this year, the inner critique piped right up to point out that we'd be pastor-less at that point and likely still struggling with the sixteen hour time difference. Grandiose gestures on Easter are not only permitted but commonplace in our country, so the thought of ...
24
May
2012

Musings on the Newbigin Fellowship

I had just finished my Masters of Divinity at a seminary when I began the Newbigin Fellowship. I was impressed to discover that it was a place to not just gain information but carefully process and journey together with a group of people.   The men and women in my cohort came from diverse backgrounds, disagreed on issues, and learned in different ways. But it was cool to see our group growing together and coming around each other with hard questions like, "what purpose does my vocation have?" "how do we understand sexuality?" "what's the ...
10
May
2012

Looking Back, Looking Forward

Matt Nault
Last month, City Church in the Mission turned 2 years old! When we launched the 23rd Street campus on Easter 2010, we committed ourselves to be a presence of God's powerful, transforming love in the Mission District. We endeavored to "love the city more locally" by growing a community to serve our neighbors in this diverse, energetic, beautifully messy neighborhood we call home. And it's happening, as around 225 people gather for worship on 23rd Street every week!  It's happening, as we're blessed and sent out to serve our neighbors!   ...
03
May
2012

Worshipping with Inmates

Each week, City Hope makes its way down to 850 Bryant Street where San Francisco’s County Jail is located. Despite the great reviews on Yelp, a stint in County Jail is not exactly a vacation. Life is highly regulated and one is daily reminded of the mistakes one has made and the addictions that are so hard to shake. City Hope leads a worship service in the men’s pod and the women’s pod. It’s not simply a time of confession (though we do spend time confessing) and it’s not simply a time of renewal (though there is certainly renewal in ...
02
May
2012

Healing Through Accountability

"We have a very singular approach to seeing people healed from the ravages of addiction," says Alex Lim. "It is about using the power of Christ to transform men and help them to understand their calling and how much they are loved. There is no shortcut. It is a very good picture of what Christ did for us." Lim is coordinator for Career Coaching, a program that is part of CityTeam Ministries, a homeless ministry supported by City Church of San Francisco (RCA). Lim explains that CityTeam Ministries provides the "classical" components of a ...
01
May
2012

Lifting the Public School Spirit

El Dorado Principal, Tai Schoeman, thanks our congregation’s commitment to his school over the past three years better than we can. The partnership is transformative for both City Church and the underfunded K-5 elementary school. "Dear City Church, I want to thank you once again for your support and dedication to the El Dorado community. The murals have lifted the spirits of our vision and the KIDS HOPE mentors have lifted the souls of our students and staff. We look forward to our continued partnership." The success of different ...