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Love

This is how we’ve come to understand and experience love: Christ sacrificed his life for us. This is why we ought to live sacrificially for our fellow believers, and not just be out for ourselves. If you see some brother or sister in need and have the means to do […]

Pain

Well, dad, you do know pain has its purpose. Rachel Meeks Tyler The words from my daughter rang loud and clear last week. As we reflected on the seemingly unending parade of life’s challenges, her reminder was much like a bucket of cold water in my face. Indeed, pain has […]

Birth Pains

Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end […]

Lost and Found

For those of us of a certain vintage (read: age), there was time, before microwave ovens and cordless (not just cellular) phones, when television programming wasn’t a 24-hour thing. At the end of the day, the television station would sign-off and continuously display a test-pattern of sorts. Think of it as […]

Hold On

Hold on Hold on Keep your hand on the plow, hold on Today, the words sung and made famous by gospel singer, and social and racial justice activist, Mahalia Jackson resonated. It can be all too easy to get swept-up in the satisfaction over the verdict concerning the murder of […]

New Year. Same God.

No doubt you’ve seen any number of end-of-year and new year posts and memes on social media. One that struck me as particularly humorous went something like before I accept the year 2021, I need to examine its terms and conditions. If only. As we begin the year, I encourage […]

Great Expectations

Charles Dickens’ 19th century novel is about the education and coming of age of a young orphan. With a variety of plot twists and turns, as one summary of the novel puts it, the young orphan “comes to realize that his ‘great expectations’—social standing and wealth—are less important than loyalty […]

Essential Places

Today, the President stated, “The governors need to do the right thing and allow these very important essential places of faith to open right now, this weekend.” If you’ve walked with City Church for any length of time, you’re likely to guess my thoughts on such a sweeping pronouncement as […]

The Rock

Watching television and listening to the radio, it can seem that good news is hard to find. Speculation, hope and statistics can quickly become (in the words of The Temptations) a ball of confusion. Or, as Whitney Houston repeatedly asked in song, Where do I go…who do I talk to…who do […]

Christmas I Don’t Deserve

As I sat down with my family recently for our annual viewing of A Charlie Brown Christmas this year, I was prompted to think about our culture’s and my own sense of entitlement associated with Christmas.  The entitlement of the phenomenally unkind children in Charles Shultz’s story is meant to […]