Obamacare and the Christian Divide

Some people love it. Others hate it. Some say it’s about time. Others say it’s a sign of the end times. Christians are divided on Obamacare for various reasons. Interestingly, both pro and con defenders can and often do ground their conclusions in different biblical principles that stand in tension with one another. Unfortunately, rather than embrace and learn from this tension, both sides tend to minimize the “opposing” biblical principle, in favor of their respective, biblically neutral, political ideology – conflating a morally neutral persuasion with eternal, unmovable truth. When this happens, an intractable debate ensues, as one or […]

January 15, 2014 Blog

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Phil Robertson, Homosexuality, and the Gospel

Social networks are vibrating at a fevered pitch as Christians run to the defense of Phil Robertson, who was dumped by the A & E television network for his statements about homosexuality. While homosexuality is an important and relevant topic to discuss in the public square – one we must approach with Biblical grace and truth (click here and here to see my attempt to do so), I’m concerned with the way many Christians are responding to these events. Most, if not all the pithy sound-bites I’ve read from Christians focus on free speech rights that may have been violated, and/or a […]

December 19, 2013 Blog

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Footprints in the Sand at Omaha Beach

June 6, 1944. D-day. The allies stormed the fortified beaches of Normandy, France. Under blistering machine gun and artillery fire, thousands of soldiers threw themselves into this battle for a beachhead. By the end ofthe day, the German defenses, and the back of Hitler’s regime were broken. D-day led to the liberation of Europe, and the end of World War II in the West. But victory came at a daunting price. The allies sustained over 6000 casualties that day, more than 2000 at Omaha Beach alone. Some attacked the beach from the air, most came from the sea. It is difficult to imagine […]

December 3, 2013 Blog

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Discarded Treasure

Someone found a coin from an unknown country so they threw it away. However, someone found it, cleaned it up and took it to a coin dealer who told him it was worth enough for him to retire before he reached 50 years of age. The first person threw away something of great value. The second took a closer look and enjoyed the wealth of his find. Like the first person, we sometimes look at ancient scripture as if it has little value for us today, either because it doesn’t relate to us or is just too hard to understand […]

November 2, 2013 Blog

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A Community Garden

I was walking downtown yesterday, praying for our city. I asked God for a fresh vision of what it means for us (City Church) to live fully loved by by God, together in community, on mission with Jesus in our city. Minutes later, I passed the Boise High School Teaching Garden, thought of other community gardens, and began to realize – that’s it. City Church is like a thriving community garden – an oasis in the heart of our city; open to all; grounded in the deep, fertile soil of the Gospel, in which we die and rise with Jesus to a brand new life. […]

October 23, 2013 Blog

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Loving Teens Fully

Our world is changing. It has changed drastically in the ten years since I was a teenager. Teenagers and youth culture are moving targets. Unfortunately, the Church is struggling to hit that target. The number of young people leaving the church after high school is alarming, as our our culture is continually losing Christian values and heading toward a post-Christian America. On top of this, the church doesn’t seem to be coming together but is increasingly finding ways to splinter. All of this is creating the perfect storm that is tossing teenagers around and giving them little direction to navigate […]

October 15, 2013 Blog

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What We’re Singing About

Last week I posted the lyrics to an original song we recently started singing on Sunday mornings. I hope and pray this is the first of many songs that come out of the City Church community, because I believe the songs we sing should be a reflection of and response to what God is doing among us. I am excited about the musicians and artists God has given us, and I believe there are writers among us who will help us do this for God’s glory. So let’s write songs together that our whole community can sing. As you do, consider the […]

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Jesus, Politics, and the Pulpit

A friend posted a question on Face Book: “What do you think? Should pastors, out of concern for the poor, preach against the immorality and poverty-creating policy of Obamacare?” I felt compelled to respond. The question of if and when to preach politics from the pulpit is not new. Preachers of all political stripes have wrestled with this question for centuries, and all of us must eventually come to terms with how the Gospel impacts our politics and vice-versa. To this end, I responded to my friend as follows: The challenge with preaching politics from the pulpit is that, often times, the left and […]

October 5, 2013 Blog

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Lyrics for Live Loved

If you’ve been to City Church since we started our Live Loved series, you’ve probably heard the song, Live Loved. We wrote this song to help remind us that we are made by a great God who loves us deeply and fully. It is a prayer for God to teach us to live inside the light of this truth. I’d love for you to read the lyrics and make them your prayer this week. [churchpack_superquote]Lord, teach us how to live inside the light of your great love![/churchpack_superquote] Verse: You spoke the earth into its place Then formed us with your […]

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What’s in a Gathering?

You can’t be part of City Church for long without hearing us talk about Gatherings. So what’s the big deal? Nothing but everything! Gatherings help us go deeper with God and one another, by providing a space for us to discover and live in the beauty of the Gospel together. They help us disciple each other to follow Jesus in the details of life, as we lay ourselves down for one another and intentionally blend our lives to grow in Him together. Gatherings are an essential part of fulfilling our vision to live loved by God, together in Community, on mission with Jesus in […]

September 24, 2013 Blog

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