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Blog Archives: September 2010

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September
2010

The Importance of Right Now

Fred Harrell
It's been an emotional week. Last weekend we dropped off our eldest daughter, Victoria, at the University of Washington to begin her college career. Yesterday. Yesterday, she was born. Yesterday she was learning to walk. Yesterday she was heading off to kindergarten. Yesterday I was teaching her how to ride a bike, put on a band aid, reading her books, beginning Jr. High, then Sr. High. Yesterday. And now... she's gone. Not in my home any longer. An empty bed. The impulse to ask her a question having to be stifled. I can only text her so ...
23
September
2010

Following Christ to Renew the City

Fred Harrell
It's a short and simple mission statement, but packed with meaning. Following Christ means we go where he goes, do what he says, live out his values, and commend him to others. Following Christ means we are a church in mission, because that's where you will find Jesus always. Renewing the city means we are taking up his agenda for the world. The Bible begins in a garden, but ends in a city. That's our future, an urban one, where His shalom covers the city as the water covers the sea. It also means renewing The City as in the one we live, San ...
16
September
2010

A Culture of Grace

Fred Harrell
The wife of C. S. Lewis, Joy Davidman Lewis wrote the following in her book Smoke on the Mountain:   Most of the ordinary people who lose their faith are not overthrown by philosophical argument; they are disillusioned by the churchmen they meet. One sanctimonious hypocrite makes a hundred unbelievers.   Isn't that the truth. As we continue to explore what kind of church The City needs, it's hard to overestimate the importance of creating an environment of grace, forgiveness, and patience. Sure, we have to challenge each other to live ...
09
September
2010

We Need Each Other

Fred Harrell
"If you aren't in a group, you aren't in City Church." It's not a statement that flies well with everyone I know. We used this phrase quite a bit in the early days of City Church to emphasize that City Church doesn't just have small groups, we ARE small groups. Now, I realize that you are still at City Church if you haven't entered into group life yet. I also know that certain seasons of life make group life very challenging, feeling almost impossible. But I want to make you think, and I want you to feel a burden. The burden of others. The ...