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The Walk | New Sermon Series Starting July 1

Some people think of Christianity primarily as a worldview: a perspective or outlook on life. Others see it a code of ethics, with the Bible as a book of rules. Still others think about Christianity as a transaction: if I "receive Jesus," then that's it. Done deal....

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Hospitality Challenge | Summer 2012

We're throwing down a challenge at New City this summer. It's very simple - have people over to your home for a meal....

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Porterbrook | Missional Community Life (Units 7-9)

Let's open a thread here for discussion on the final chapters in this section. Unit 7 discussed the "Missional Stewardship of Time," challening us to re-evaluate or busyness in light of missional priorities......

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I.D. - New sermon series starting May 13, 2012

Who are you? How would you answer that question? Sometimes our minds go straight to our vocation: I'm a teacher, I'm a salesperson, I'm a software designer. Or maybe we see our identities primarily in our relationships: I'm a mother, a father, a husband or wife. Or maybe you see your identity in your background: I'm from Texas, I'm an immigrant, I'm the product of a broke...

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Missional Community Life: Links for chapter 1

Two articles are mentioned in chapter 1 of the Missional Community Life module. In case you want to do some further reading, here are links to the articles......

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Getting Started

This is where we will host the online discussions associated with our Porterbrook Learning classes. Each week Brian will post a short summary of the reading and some questions or thoughts to consider. Use the comments section to respond or ask questions of your own....

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Living in the Gap: Winter Sermon Series

How do you feel when there seems to be a huge gap between what God has promised, and what you are experiencing at the moment?...

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Getting Ready for Sunday (01.08.2012)

There is something special about the people of God coming together for worship (Hebrews 10:24-25). Thus, we hope Sundays at New City are a highlight of your week. In an effort to help you get more out of it, we'reposting a short preview of this Sunday's gathering....

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Getting Ready for Sunday 01/01/2012

There is something special about the people of God coming together for worship (Hebrews 10:24-25). Thus, we hope Sundays at New City are a highlight of your week. In an effort to help you get more out of it, we're posting a short preview of this Sunday's gathering. ...

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Getting Ready for Christmas Eve

Preview of our Lessons and Carols Service...

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Around the web: Christopher Hitchens, HymnSing pictures, googling in 2011

Hope you all are having a good end to the week. Here's the best of what we saw online this week. :: Christopher Hitchens has died: Outspoken atheist writer and public intellectual Christopher Hitchens died on Thursday night. Doug Wilson, his old debate partner, has written a fantastic obituary you really must read. Seriously, go read it r...

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Getting Ready for Sunday (12/18/11)

There is something special about the people of God coming together for worship (Hebrews 10:24-25). Thus, we hope Sundays at New City are a highlight of your week. In an effort to help you get more out of it, we're posting a short preview of this Sunday's gathering. This is the fourth week of Advent. We'll mark the season with the lighting of advent candles and special r...

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Spiritual Exercise: Simeon's Song

Each week we’re trying to give one option for “working out your faith” in a practical way. Think about the C.S. Lewis quote, “We may ignore, but we can nowhere evade the presence of God. The world is crowded with him… The real labor is to remember, to attend. In fact, to come away. Still more, to remain awake” (C.S. Lewis, Letters to Malcolm)....

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Around the web: New Life Temple's winter outreach, bad stats, and a free Randy Alcorn book

Some Christmas and holiday events in the area, bad stats, and a great ebook deal....

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Getting Ready for Sunday (12/11/11)

This is the second week in our Advent series called Songs for Christmas (click here for past sermons and Study Guides). This week we'll look at Simeon's Song (Luke 2:21-35)...

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December Calendar and New Sermon Series

Just wanted to give you an update on all that is happening in the Advent season here at New City. If you were at our gathering last Sunday, you know we closed out the series on Joel and kicked off the Advent season with Advent candles, readings and carols. More of the same to come during worship over the next few weeks. But here are a few things we wanted to draw your atte...

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When the Locusts Come - Sermon series starting 11/06

When disaster strikes, your perception of God is at risk. Unexpected illness or death, national disaster, personal loss, financial collapse, plague or epidemic - these things have a way of turning people who haven't thought about God in years into instant theologians. "God is gone... God has it out for me... God's paying me back for something I did a long time ago... God's...

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Friday Morning Men

Starting this Friday 10/28, men from New City will be gathering for Bible Study and prayer on Friday mornings from 6:30-7:30am at the Panera in Hyde Park Plaza. Okay, it's early. But they'll be plenty of coffee, and it's good for your soul to spend time talking and praying with other guys....

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Getting Ready for Sunday 09/25/11

There is something special about the people of God coming together for worship (Hebrews 10:24-25). Thus, we hope Sundays at New City are a highlight of your week. In an effort to help you get more out of it, we're posting a short preview of this Sunday's gathering....

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Getting Ready for Sunday 09/18/11

There is something special about the people of God coming together for worship (Hebrews 10:24-25). Thus, we hope Sundays at New City are a highlight of your week. In an effort to help you get more out of it, we're posting a short preview of this Sunday's gathering....

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I Am - new sermon series starting 9/11/11

Jesus is pretty popular in America. You see his name plastered on billboards and bumper stickers. He's regularly invoked in songs both sacred and secular. Even when people have disdain for Christianity or the church, most claim some sort of affection for Jesus. We want to be on Jesus' side. Or maybe more accurately, we want Jesus on our side....

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Getting Ready for Sunday 09/04/11

There is something special about the people of God coming together for worship (Hebrews 10:24-25). Thus, we hope Sundays at New City are a highlight of your week. In an effort to help you get more out of it, we're posting a short preview of the upcoming Sunday gathering....

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Getting Ready for Sunday 08/28/11

This is the last week in our Origins series (click here for past sermons and study guides). The teaching will be from Genesis 11:1-9 "The Tower of Babel." To prepare for Sunday, read the text and think about the contrast made between the people of Babel and the God of the universe....

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Whiz Kids Volunteer Opportunities

This year New City is partnering with Whiz Kids to help tutor and mentor children at John P Parker School. We hope you'll consider some ways you might get involved. ...

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Getting Ready for Sunday 08/21/11

There is something special about the people of God coming together for worship (Hebrews 10:24-25). Thus, we hope Sundays at New City are a highlight of your week. In an effort to help you get more out of it, we're posting a short preview of the upcoming Sunday gathering....

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Getting Ready for Sunday (July 31, 2011)

We continue in our Origins series this week (click here for past sermons and study guides). The teaching will be from Genesis 6:1-22 - "Horror Story." This is the first of 3 weeks we'll spend reflecting on the story of Noah and the flood. To prepare for Sunday, read chapter 6 and think about what you learn about humanity and what you learn about God from this story....

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Getting Ready for Sunday (July 10, 2011)

We're back to our Origins series this week (click here for past sermons and study guides). Dave Dupee will be teaching from Genesis 3:14-24 - "Paradise Lost." Read the text to prepare for worship, and particularly think about what the Bible says about the curse on the world because of sin, and how you see some of those effects today....

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What I've Been Praying for New City

This is the prayer I prayed in worship on Sunday. It's fairly reflective of what I have been praying for New City generally, and for all of you in particular. Perhaps you could join me in praying this for our church? It's based on Galatians 5:22-23....

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Getting Ready for Sunday (July 3, 2011)

We take a little break from our Origins series this week (click here for past sermons and study guides). Guest Speaker Marc Champagne will be speaking from John 16:5-15, "The Difference a Counselor Makes."...

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Hospitality Challenge

We're throwing down a challenge at New City this summer. It's really simple and easy to do, and yet can have a huge impact. Here's the challenge - have people over to your home for a meal....

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Christmas Invitation (Questions for Reflection)

Questions for reflection based on Isaiah 55:1-13...

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Advent Resources

This Sunday marks the beginning of the Advent season. If you want to read more about the Advent season, check out this blog post from last year. Below are some resources to help you celebrate the Advent season....

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Preparing for Worship (11/14/10)

This Sunday we conclude our series in the Gospel of Mark. We'll be focusing on the resurrection of Jesus from Mark 16:1-8. To prepare for worship, read this passage and ask: What difference does the resurrection make? How is my life different because Jesus rose from the dead?...

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Two levels in Mark 13

Last Sunday we talked about a very confusing passage - Mark 13. I think it's confusing because Jesus is talking to the disciples about two events - the destruction of the temple (which came to pass in 70 AD), and the final end of the world. My interpretation can be called a "two level" reading of the passage. Some verses refer to the destruction of the temple (a mini-en...

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Brief Thoughts On The "Last Days"

On Sunday we looked at Mark 13, which is often called "The Olivet Discourse." It's one of the hardest passages in Mark to understand, and I'm pretty sure you won't find a passage in Mark with a greater variety of interpretations. Commentators disagree about the meaning of this chapter, even when they agree about almost everything else....

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Around the web (09-30-10)

Lots of interesting things from around the web - reading lists for kids, Challies blasts McLaren, Derek Webb's releasing a worship album, and more....

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Preparing for Worship (10/03/10)

We continue this week in our series "The King and His Kingdom" from the Gospel of Mark. The text on which the teaching is based comes from Mark 10:13-31. In preparation for worship, you might ask the following questions: ...

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Preparing for Worship (10/03/10)

We continue this week in our series "The King and His Kingdom" from the Gospel of Mark. The text on which the teaching is based comes from Mark 10:13-31. In preparation for worship, you might ask the following questions: ...

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Preparing for Worship (09/26/10)

Corporate worship is a great thing. Of course,we can worship God on our own and with our families - and we should. But there is something special about the people of God coming together for worship (Hebrews 10:24-25). Thus, we hope that corporate worship is the highlight of your week. In an effort to help you get more out of worship, we're posting a short preview of th...

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Around the web (Reason for God trailer, Rod Dreher on future of Christianity & more)

Reason for God DVD, Dreher on future of American Christianity, dealing with grief after a miscarriage, marriage checkup...

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Preparing for Worship (09/19/10)

The sermon this week comes from Mark 12:28-34 - "The Great Commandment." It's easy to pass over this passage because it's so familiar to those who grew up in the church. And even for those who don't know the Bible well have probably heard these verses before. In preparation for worship, ask yourself what is so revolutionary about Jesus' statement that causes his origina...

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Preparing for Worship (09/12/10)

Corporate worship is a great thing. We, of course, can worship God on our own and with our families. And we should. But there is something special about the people of God coming together for worship (Hebrews 10:24-25). Thus, we hope that corporate worship is the highlight of your week. In an effort to help you get more out of worship, we're posting a short preview of ...

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Book Briefs (Summer 2010)

Here's a very brief log of books I that came across my desk this summer. At the bottom I list the top 3 books of the summer for me....

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Business for the Glory of God

Employer/employee relationships provide many opportunities for glorifying God. On both sides of the transaction, we can imitate God, and he will take pleasure in us when he sees us showing honesty, fairness, trustworthiness, kindness, wisdom and skill, and keeping our word regarding how much we promised to pay or what work we agreed to do....

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Preparing for Worship (09/05/10)

Since all our sound and A/V equipment is packed away for the move to Parker, we'll have a scaled back, unplugged worship service. We're privileged to have Brian Ferry come and lead us in worship. Brian and his wife Cheryl have been in ministry in Cincinnati for the last decade, and Brian has led worship at churches, conferences, mission trips for children, youth, colleg...

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Around the web (Is money the root of all evil?)

Switchfoot, Andrew Peterson on money, Russell Moore on Glenn Beck, & a man crisis in the church....

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We're moving!

Starting September 12, 2010, New City will have a new time and a new location. Our new worship time will be 10:00am. And we'll be worshipping at John P Parker School....

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Preparing for Worship (08/29/10)

Since we are starting the process of packing up in order to move to our new location on September 12, we'll be having a simple "unplugged" worship service this week and next. ...

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The Bible is not about you

Using a clip from Tim Keller’s talk at the 2007 The Gospel Coalition conference, Heath McPherson created this short clip using the art of Gustave Doré (1832-1883). What is the Bible basically about? Answer: Jesus....

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Around the Web (Indelible Grace in Cincinnati)

Indelible Grace, Joey Votto, and Whiz Kids...

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Madisonville Street Festival - 8/21

If you're looking for something to do in the neighborhood this weekend, check out the Madisonville Street Festival....

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Preparing for Worship (08/22/10)

This week we'll conclude our series Summer Psalms by looking at Psalm 150:1-6. Psalms 146-150 are generally classified as "hallelujah psalms." And it's easy to see why - in six short verses there are 13 calls to "praise the Lord" in Psalm 150. To prepare for worship......

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Preparing for Worship (08/15/10)

This week we continue in our series Summer Psalms with Psalm 137. To prepare for worship, read Psalm 137:1-9....

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Discernment and the Twilight series

Mark Drisoll has some wise things to say about being discerning when it comes to popular culture. Too many of us turn off any kind of discernment with popular media, saying "It's just entertainment." Driscoll says, "Movies are just sermons with pictures." ...

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Shed Construction Pictures

Several folks from New City have been involved with the Garden Project at Parker Elementary School. New City was able to purchase materials to build a tool shed for the garden. And on Saturday 08/07, several of us got together to build it....

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Preparing for Worship (08/08/10)

This week we continue in our series "Summer Psalms" with Psalm 104. Psalm 104 is a hymn of praise, focusing especially on the works of God in creating and sustaining the universe....

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Preparing for Worship (08/01/10)

In an effort to help you get more out of worship, we're going to start posting a little preview of the upcoming worship service each week. Hopefully you'll find this helpful and encouraging....

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Lloyd-Jones on why you should read the Psalms

The simplest description of the five books of Psalms is that they were the inspired prayer-and-praise book of Israel. They are revelations of truth, not abstractly, but in terms of human experience. The truth revealed is wrought into the emotions, desires, and sufferings of the people of God by the circumstances through which they pass....

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Resources on the Psalms

Since we're spending a couple of months in the Psalms this summer, I thought I'd share with you a few resources I have found helpful in understanding and applying the psalms to daily life. ...

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The Secret Powers of Time

I thought this was a very interesting presentation on the way we view and orient ourselves around time. Or as Tim Challies says, the way time shapes us....

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General Assembly, Part 3

Josh's final summary of PCA General Assembly...

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General Assembly, Part 2

Josh's summary of Day 2 of the PCA General Assembly...

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General Assembly, Part 1

Paige, Lucy and I are at General Assembly this week in Nashville. Here's a summary of Day 1....

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Thinking (and talking) biblically about homosexuality

For some inexplicable reason I woke up at 3:30am this morning. I couldn't go back to sleep, and I wasn't quite awake enough to read, or get any really solid work done. So I decided to take 90 minutes and watch Matt Chandler's (Village Church) seminar on homosexuality. ...

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Around the web (Luther on prayer, kids and money, law and gospel)

Training kids to manage money, the gospel and reformed theology, and Luther on prayer...

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When the cross shapes your relationships

Good questions in thinking through how far the gospel has penetrated into your relationships with other people....

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Justified

Jesus is our defense lawyer. When we sin, Jesus speaks to the Father on our behalf. He defends us, saying that we should not be punished for our sins because he has already atoned for us. ...

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Ask Paul Tripp

In John Piper's absence, Desiring God did a 2 hour Q&A with Paul Tripp - pastor, writer, and biblical counselor....

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Family Man

Since Father's Day is right around the corner, I thought this very cool rendition of Andrew Peterson's "Family Man" is encouraging:...

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Understanding your sheepness

If you don't know that you are a sheep, then you will never feel the need for a shepherd. And thus, the gospel is lost on you....

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Around the web (lovely Oakley, summer reading, & the future of the PCA)

Oakley, underground Cincinnati, summer reading, the future of the PCA, Keller on preaching...

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The Good Shepherd - a summary

Since we didn't have audio (or power) for this week's sermon, here's a short summary of the message from Mark 6:33-44....

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The overworked American

"We live in an economy and society that are simply demanding too much from people." -- Juliet Schor, The Overworked American. Schor reports that work hours in America are without precedent......

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Why Christianity Will Bring Rejection

Deep in human hearts is an engine of self-justification. We all desperately want to reassure ourselves that we are all right. We do this by destroying anything that reminds us of the absolute standards of God’s righteousness....

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Herod's Fear

How many people’s consciences have been awakened to eternal things and their own sinful plight, and yet they have buried it all because of what they feared their friends or family or fiance or spouse or fellow-students would think...

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Gollum, Herod, and the point of no return

I heard this was the one passage in The Lord of the Rings that made Tolkein cry when he re-read it (though I haven't verified this). It depicts Gollum's wrestling over whether or not to betray Frodo to the giant spider, Shelob. Ultimately, it describes the point of no return for Gollum's soul......

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Around the Web (tips for family time, Keller on Proverbs, and Steve Jobs on porn)

How to read the Bible, tips for family time, Olasky on Tim Keller, Steve Jobs on porn, Keller on Proverbs, and a prayer about gospel cover-up....

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Around the web (Guilt, Creation, Growth, and Intimacy)

Links to good posts about guilt, thinking about the oil spill in the Gulf, why you might not see spiritual growth, and intimacy with your spouse...

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Man a Nothing

A Puritan prayer of repentance from the Valley of Vision......

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Edwards, Flew, and resources for women

Edwards, resources for women, and the death of a (former) atheist......

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Music and Vine

Book review of The Trellis and the Vine and links to newoldhymns......

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Nowhere Else To Go | Reflection Guide

The following guide is designed for discussion in community groups, or reflection and journaling on your own. It is based on Mark 5:21-43 (the sermon text for May 2, 2010)....

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Manhood, Womanhood, and Family

A talk about manhood, book about womanhood, and an article on leading your family spiritually....

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Bonhoeffer, adventure stories, and teen texting

Around the web - a new biography of Bonhoeffer, a new adventure book by a patristics scholar, and NPR does a story on teens and texting....

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The Missional Mindset | Guide for Reflection

This Sunday Marc Champagne spoke on The Missional Mindset from John 20:19-22 and Acts 1:8. The following guide is designed for discussion in community groups, or for journalling and reflection on your own......

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No Stormless Seas | A Guide for Reflection

The following is based on last week's sermon text, Mark 4:35-41. The following questions may help in further discussing the text with others, or in your own personal reflection and application......

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This World Matters

We talked a little bit on Sunday about how belief in the resurrection of Jesus Christ gives us the resources to live a big and significant life. This is because the resurrection signals to us that God is not done with the world......

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Reflecting on 1 Corinthians 15:1-11

As an aid to understanding and applying the text from which the sermon this week was based, you can use the following questions to talk with others, or to reflect and journal on your own......

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That's my King

I never get tired of hearing this guy preach......

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Sunday's Coming

I can't think of a better way to spend 3 1/2 minutes on Good Friday, than listening to this....

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Bono on Jesus: Mad Man or Messiah?

Bono is the lead singer of the rock band, U2. A few years ago he did a long interview with Rolling Stone, which was later turned into a book. Bono and the interviewer got onto the subject of Jesus......

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Sowing seeds in Korea

I came across this story last week of the seeds of the gospel being planted in Korea. I spoke to Young Bok Kim about the story and he filled in some of the details......

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Confidence and Humility

There are some things about the calling of the apostles that apply to all disciples of Christ (all those who follow Him). One of these is the notion that we are chosen by grace......

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All Lamb and no Lion?

The British writer Dorothy Sayers talks about the tendency of the modern church to "tame" Jesus, which in effect, makes Him seem boring. For Sayers, this is an outrage, because that's something Jesus was never accused of in His own day......

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The call of Jesus is a strange one

Jesus calls Levi/Matthew to follow Him (Mark 2:13-17). And later he becomes one of Jesus' top men. What an absolutely bizarre choice on Jesus' part. After all, Levi was a tax collector......

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Reflection/Journaling Mark 2:1-12

This week our sermon "The Healing of the Paralytic" was based on Mark 2:1-12. We encourage you to continue to read, think, pray about, and apply themes from this passage throughout the week. Below are some sample questions you can journal about and pray through......

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PCA and Haiti Relief

If you've been coming around to New City, you know that we have been sending our first wave of financial support through the ministry of World Vision International. In a few months, we'll take another special offering to support the work of Mission to North America in Haiti (MNA is our denomination's north American mission arm). See the message below from Arklie Hooten, ...

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Tebow's Super Bowl Ad

I commend to you this excellent piece by Sally Jenkins on the controversial ad Tim Tebow and his mother will star in during the Super Bowl. The ad is a pro-life piece and tells the story of Tebow's mother choosing NOT to have an abortion, though advised to because of complications with the pregnancy......

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37 years after Roe v. Wade

Jan 22 marks 37 years since the Roe v. Wade decision came down, effectively legalizing abortion in the United States. I thought I'd point you to two posts by Kevin DeYoung that I found helpful.......

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Thoughts on Haiti

As you know, this week Haiti was struck with a devastating earthquake, the effects of which we are only beginning to learn. Haiti already was an extremely poor country with many problems, and perhaps the least equipped nation in the world to deal with a disaster of this magnitude. Naturally, people are asking questions as to why this happened and what should we being doi...

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Advent: Close Encounters of the Liturgical Kind

Chris Armstrong (an editor at Christian History magazine) has written a good little history of the Advent season. He writes about how, for many evangelicals, Advent is the one real taste of liturgy they get every year. Perhaps our enjoyment of Advent traditions can inform the way we worship through......

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John 1 - For further reflection

John 1:1-5, 14-18 was our text for the first Sunday in Advent. If you'd like to do some more reading, reflecting......

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Far as the Curse is Found

Last month I read Michael Williams' book Far as the Curse is Found: The Covenant Story of Redemption. It's really good, and......

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Lincoln's Thanksgiving Day address

Abraham Lincoln instituted the holiday of Thanksgiving as we know it in 1863. You can read it here. A couple of observations:...

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Blessing Follows Calling

God always follows His calling with blessing. I wonder if we believe that. What I mean to say, is that when God calls us to something (some task, some ministry, some profession, some place), He doesn't just give us marching orders and then depart......

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Demonstration Community

In Acts 2, we learn that God saves us not only out of our sins, but he saves us into community. In Jesus, we are connected not only to God, but to a group of people. That's why, when people come to faith as Peter preaches, they are immediately baptized and then it says they were "added." The church, then, isn't an optional "extra" or the Christian, but rather a fundamen...

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To Know and Be Known

On Sunday we talked a bit about the challenges to community in contemporary American culture. Some sociologists are asking the question, "Is real community even possible?" or has life been altered so much that real connection is something from a bygone age....

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Welcome

Welcome to the New City blog. We'll be posting here weekly with updates about the church, book reviews, and some occasional devotional material. We hope you'll check back here regularly to keep up with what's going on with New City....

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