This past July I moved back to Houston and was searching for a new church and Christian community. Soon after being introduced to City Church by one of my best friends, I immediately felt that God was using this church to shed His light into the depths of this city.
Psalm 133 opens with the exclamation, “How good it is when brothers dwell together in unity!” What comes to your mind when you consider relational wholeness and unity? Imagine a scene that most captures this desire for you. Who is there? What are you thinking, feeling, doing? Why is the scene so compelling? Are you giving and receiving? What is it that allows everyone to be unified?
In his book, Beauty Will Save the World, Brian Zahnd suggests, “Christianity that is deeply enchanted by Christ’s beauty…has the opportunity to present to a skeptical and jaded world an aspect of the gospel that has been too rare for too long.”
Communities are former strangers turned friends through shared experiences—rich times of vulnerability and openness. We have found no better way to make fast friends out of strangers than breaking bread together.Read More
“It takes a village to raise a child.” We’ve all heard it said before, and it’s true of many things in life. Thankfully, God didn’t leave us on our own, as He has promised to be with us (“Behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20). And, in His goodness, He has given us each other to navigate through this journey of life.Read More
At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Mathew 13:1-3Read More
Moses had to do it (Exodus 18:13-27), the apostles had to do it (Acts 6:1-7), and we already need to do it. Throughout history when the Lord adds to the number of his people, leaders of God’s people are called “to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up” (Ephesians 4:12). This looks a little different depending on the context of the church and the cultural moment in which the church is established.Read More
One evening last spring, in between dropping my youngest daughter off at softball practice, and returning to pick her up, I had enough time to workout. I brought my middle daughter with me. She’s a dancer and a gymnast. She’s the kind of workout partner that’ll humble a man.Read More
"What just happened?” That’s what my wife, Ellen, and I kept saying to one another after Sunday’s launch of City Church. We know it’s going to take time for us to fully process what it all means, but for now we are simply stunned and in awe.Read More