In his book “For the Beauty of The Church,” David O. Taylor answers the question ‘What is art for?’ by declaring that, strictly speaking, it isn’t for anything; going on to say that it’s “gratuitous,” except for its function as a “vessel of beauty.” In another chapter, he asks rhetorically of the gospel’s meaning “what if he himself has taken the initiative, become the sacrifice, torn the temple veil? What is left but gloriously unuseful prayer and praise?”Read More
When I was a kid I loved two things - drawing and playing baseball. When I was about 14 and basically clueless, I was completely pre-occupied with comic books and television. My dad, knowing my strengths, and that my baseball career would top out on the Bellaire High School baseball team, said I should consider being an architect. As soon as I realized that an architect draws and designs buildings, I knew that’s what I wanted to do. I now realize how fortunate and unusual this is; to know the career path I would follow at 14. I was able to set my course through high school and beyond.Read More
Recently someone shared with me that they considered me to be a generous person. On the outside I smiled and said those were kind words, but on the inside I was thinking, “if they only knew my internal struggle of giving with a generous heart.”Read More
Curious, isn’t it, the New Testament begins with a genealogical record? Christianity introduces itself to the world with what may appear to be an uninteresting, even boring literary form. Often missed, however, are the provocative elements in Matthew’s record of Jesus’ ancestry. Not only is the mere mention of five women unusual, given the paternalistic subculture of ancient Israel, but the particular stories embedded in the genealogy cryptically provide color, drama, and even juicy scandal.Read More
With the election now behind us, I would like to share some things that are on my heart as a pastor.
Our Vote. This has been the most contentious presidential campaign of my lifetime. Equally thoughtful and concerned people came to different conclusions in the voting booth and I respect that. I’m passionate that City Church be an apolitical space. People from across the human spectrum need to be able to explore the possibility of faith and the implications of it without feeling they have to adopt a particular political position. Jesus was, of course, neither a Democrat nor Republican (nor American for that matter!). He said, “My Kingdom is not of this world” (John 18:36).Read More
Months ago I attended a meeting hosted by the Freedom Church Alliance. Their mission is to fight human trafficking through Jesus Christ by uniting and mobilizing churches to work alongside trusted anti-trafficking organizations. The modern day slavery of human trafficking has many faces, and sadly, Houston is a gateway city for this horrific injustice. It is a deep pocket of brokenness in our city, which is precisely why we believe Jesus is calling us to display a picture of his beauty.Read More