Reflections on the “Two Weights” of Christmas
December 15, 2017

One of the animating values of City Church is a commitment to the arts, and among the unique capabilities of art is the joining-together of themes and abstract concepts with raw emotion. Christmas brings with it a lot of art that illuminates concepts such as peace, charity, family, the thoughtful close of a year and the anticipation of a prosperous new one. In most cases, these themes are tonally married to a thin slice of the emotional spectrum: joy and happiness.

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Christmas 2017 at City Church
November 29, 2017

Memories and music rush to my mind this time of year. Even my earliest recollections of Christmas seem to be paired with a playlist: Drooling over the kitchen counter as my mother bakes her delicious fudge and Bing Crosby croons White Christmas in the background or shouting Feliz Navidad along with Jose Feliciano as my father and I string Christmas lights outside our home. The older I get the more heartwarming these kinds of moments are to me. For many of us no other season of the year is so richly adorned with vivid stories and songs from our past.

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City Church Affiliates With ECO
November 09, 2017

Earlier this year I asked our founding core leaders to engage with me in a process of discernment about the denominational future of City Church. Over the next many months we gathered to pray, study, seek wise counsel, and discuss this. We all came to the conclusion that the best long-term fit for City Church is ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians.

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Jumping the Break
October 19, 2017

Singing is divided into two tonal classifications. The most common, modal, is ‘full-bodied’ tone, often referred to as “chest voice,” because it uses the entire chest cavity as a resonant chamber. This is how we usually speak. The other type, known as falsetto, leaves a major portion of the vocal chords relaxed, allowing more air to pass over them without increasing the volume or resonating in the rest of the torso: it’s "breathier." Falsetto is known as “head voice” and is the singing equivalent of whispering. Think Prince at the beginning of “Kiss."

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New Series: Songs in the Key of Life
September 20, 2017

“Ah music,” said J.K. Rowling’s Albus Dumbeldore, wiping his eyes, “A magic beyond all we do here!” In my experience music does have almost a magical power. It has the capacity to help us connect with places deep inside our souls. It shouldn’t surprise us, therefore, that one of the most important books in the Bible and Christian practice throughout the centuries is a collection of songs.

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Stories and Songs: Stories about Jesus
August 16, 2017

City Church’s new ministry year begins this Sunday. I’m really excited about our sermon theme for the new year: Stories and Songs. Most of the Bible is written either in narrative or poetry. Our sermons this year will be comprised of both. 

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A response to Charlottesville
August 14, 2017

The horrific events in Charlottesville on Saturday left me heartbroken and deeply disturbed. 

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City Church: Who We Are
August 03, 2017
City Church launched in August 2015 with a dream to renew Houston by bringing beauty into broken places. As a central Houston church where all are welcome, we want to be a safe place for everyone to explore the possibility of faith and the implications of it in their life. Questions of belief and unbelief are taken seriously and addressed respectfully.
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The joy and freedom of a generous heart
August 02, 2017

Years ago my husband and I heard a memorable sermon illustration about giving. The pastor talked about how a wealthy congregant came to him and said, “Do you have any idea how much money I make? How could I possibly give 10 percent away?” To which the pastor, replied, “Let’s pray together that God will reduce your income to a level where you feel comfortable giving 10 percent away.”

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