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November 15, 2017

Pastors and Pharisees

Benjamin Spalink

Matthew 5:5-6 reads,

“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have ...

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November 08, 2017

Straining for Sabbath Amidst the Demands of Phones and Computers

Reprinted with permission

By Father Ron Rolheiser, OMI

We are becoming more enslaved to and more compulsive in our use of mobile phones and the internet. For many of us it is now existentially impossible to take off a day, ...

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October 30, 2017

City Grace Scripture Challenge

Benjamin Spalink

I kicked off a new campaign to increase scriptural literacy and change lives by encouraging my congregation to be more closely shaped and formed by God's Word. It's called the City Grace Scripture ...

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October 25, 2017

The Problem with Discouragement

Benjamin Spalink

It's easy to lose perspective when facing discouragement.  Sometimes, God is extending his Hand to us, but our discouraged hearts fail to perceive it.  We stay discouraged even though help is just ...

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October 04, 2017

Have I Committed the Unpardonable Sin?

Benjamin Spalink

The "unpardonable sin" is mentioned in all three synpotics (Matthew, Mark and Luke).  There are similarities and differences in how it is used which help us get to the heart of what, exactly, the ...

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August 28, 2017

Life in the Church

Benjamin Spalink

This Sunday's sermon focused on Paul's vision for church life as articulated in Colossians 3:1-11

Church life can go off the rails in one of two opposite directions - you have those churches that ...

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August 17, 2017

Summer Movie Series #2: Cowspiracy

Allen Peng

City Grace church members watched and discussed the documentary "Cowspiracy" as the second of three summer film series gatherings on July 22nd.

"Cowspiracy" explores global warming and ...

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July 18, 2017

Summer Movie Series #1: Requiem for the American Dream

Allen Peng

City Grace church members watched and discussed the Noam Chomsky documentary "Requiem for the American Dream" as the first of three summer film series gatherings on June 25th.

"I think the ...

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May 23, 2017

How to change your attitude towards a job you hate

Benjamin Spalink

At a recent gathering to explore the connections between faith and work, the following question came up:

Is there anything I can do to “transform my attitude” or do I just need to wait for the Holy ...

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April 03, 2017

Courage to face suffering

Benjamin Spalink
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A Reflection on Revelations 2:8-11

The Church in Smyrna must keep its eyes on Jesus Christ and remember his example for us - that he died, yet his death led to new life.  The church in Smyrna is a ...

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November 14, 2016

City Grace Environments

Benjamin Spalink

Andy Stanley has some helpful insight on ministry.  All ministry utilizes environments - the physical places and feel of places we use to preach, worship, study, fellowship, serve or in other ways ...

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November 14, 2016

Reflection on Trump Discussion at church

Benjamin Spalink

New York City, I'm sure you've noticed, is distraught. People are visibly upset.  There is a sense of collective shock - how could this happen?  This is a historical moment, and it is a time to ...

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November 03, 2016

Why I stopped trying to fix people

Benjamin Spalink

One of the things that has become abundantly clear to me in nine years of ministry is that my ability to change people is actually rather minimal.  Coming out of seminary, I was naively eager to fix ...

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September 14, 2016

True Rest

Benjamin Spalink

I'm back after having taken a ten week sabbatical.

This sabbatical wasn't what you might think. There were no ambitious writing or research projects, no seminary classes and little traveling. ...

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June 07, 2016

Jesus and the church

Benjamin Spalink

The harvest is ripe but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the Harvest to send out workers into his harvest field.  So begins Jesus' commission to the seventy-two disciples as he leads them in the ...

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