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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 p ...

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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. I ...

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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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April 13, 2016

"Personal relationship with God?" Let's use better language

Benjamin Spalink

Can I have a personal relationship with God?

Constantly heard in evangelical churches is this idea: “You can have a personal relationship with God!” For many, this sums up the Gospel message. This i ...

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April 07, 2016

The True King

Benjamin Spalink
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Reading through II Chronicles in the Old Testament is a bit depressing.  Rehoboam, Solomon's heir, takes the throne and decides against the better wisdom of Solomon's advisers to exert brutal ...

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March 23, 2016

Am I a real Christian

Benjamin Spalink
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"Am I a real Christian?"

The question is a helpful one to ask periodically.  God wants us to move beyond doubt when it comes to our salvation.  But because of the prevalence of sin that goes under ...

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March 10, 2016

Receiving Forgiveness

Benjamin Spalink

"Simon son of John, do you truly love me?" (John 21:16)

Simon (also named Peter) committed a terrible sin. He betrayed Jesus during Jesus' worst moment, denying that he even knew him.  Following ...

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December 23, 2015

Space transition

Benjamin Spalink

City Grace is currently in the midst of a transition.  After being at the Village 7 movie theater for about 4 years, we were abruptly asked to find another venue to worship. The movie theater is in ...

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June 05, 2015

Greed is idolatry

Benjamin Spalink

Paul names greed as idolatry (see Colossians 3:5).  Imagine being a 1st century Jewish person.  You recite the Shema daily, and now you're being told you're an idolater because you're greedy.  It ...

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June 02, 2015

Die with me

Benjamin Spalink

All of us are called to die with Jesus.  These aren't just nice sounding words. They have real life application. Someone once suggested to me that everything that is "spiritual" in the Christian ...

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May 29, 2015

Path to Spiritual Growth

Benjamin Spalink

One of my favorite passages in the New Testament is Colossians 3:1-17.  In it, Paul describes what a response to the Gospel of Jesus' kingship looks like - a continual life-long process of putting ...

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May 20, 2015

Reformed Charismatic

Benjamin Spalink

I'm prepping for Pentecost, preaching on John 16:5-15 and realizing that Christianity without pneumatology is actually not Christocentric.  Reformed Charismatic is really the best kind of Reformed t ...

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May 08, 2015

Steps towards spiritual growth? Try again

Benjamin Spalink

Ten steps towards spiritual growth.  A program of discipleship.  The sinner's prayer. I could go on and on. A model for church growth.

Tell me how to inherit eternal life, the rich young ruler said ...

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