The Danger (and Invitation) of Awareness

| Alida Thomas

Without question, COVID-19 has revealed some things about the world, or perhaps more accurately, revealed pre-existing divisions many of us had chosen to ignore.   We know that the negative effects of…

And There Were No Needy Among Them

| Aaron White

This blog can be originally found here and has been reposted here with the author’s permission. To find out more about how Christ City is partnering with Jacob’s Well click…

Corrie Ten Boom and Forgiveness

| Matt Crocker

One of the most difficult things a Christian will face is offering genuine forgiveness to those who have deeply hurt us. When Jesus commands us to love our enemies and…

Songs of Worship

| Alison Landry

Alison Landry has curated a Spotify playlist of songs, typically, sung on Sunday morning at Christ City neighbourhood churches around the city. We trust that you that the Scriptural truths…

Understanding and Dealing with Anxiety: Part 2

| Dr. Thomas Wiens

In my previous blog post (Part 1), I shared some considerations about how anxiety works. Now, let’s focus on some practical advice for facing it.   Dealing with anxiety is no easy task.  If it were, anxiety would…

Resist the Devil

| Jake LeFave

Historically,  In Ephesians 2:2 –  3,  Christians have seen three distinct enemies  in Paul’s description of our life before Christ, enemies we still wage warfare with even now:  the world, the…

Porn in an Age of Isolation

| Jake LeFave

I can’t think of a situation more conducive to viewing pornography. If we can transport ourselves to the world of C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters, we can imagine Screwtape (the senior…

Strangers vs. Wanderers

| Jake LeFave

I stumbled across this quote from Charles Spurgeon in my morning reading the other day in his book on Psalm 119, The Golden Alphabet, he wrote: Two things may be…

Sowing in This Season

| Dave Little

Maybe this season of self-isolation feels wasteful to you, or surprisingly okay, or perhaps deeply painful. Being single, the church has been true family for over twenty years. This pandemic…

Praying Boldly

| Dr. Darrell W. Johnson

During the past days and weeks, many believers (and many not-yet believers!) have been praying over the alarming, disarming, disorienting, and many folks, frightening phenomenon of the Coronavirus, Covid-19. I…

Peace in Uncertain Times

| Hans Fast

On March 6, 2020 Sophie and I had the joy of welcoming our first child into the world, Nora Fast. The days following were filled with excitement imagining all the…

An Alternative Reading

| Jon Bryars

Is this a time to be Les Miserables? I’ve just heard a pastor give a sociological appraisal of what he’s seeing during COVID-19. “Two groups have emerged”, he said, “the…

Don’t Waste Holy Week

| Jake LeFave

I don’t want to waste Holy Week. I don’t want this particular Sunday to Sunday to pass without any special consideration of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. I…

Prepared Hearts

| Matt Crocker

We will meet again. It’s only been a week and I already look forward to seeing the host team, smelling the fresh Matchstick coffee, hearing songs of praise from both…

Timely Lessons from Elijah and a Widow

| Paul Fast Sr.

The other morning as I was pondering the prevailing freeze in the world economy and where we, a company with eighty-five employees, will find ourselves in the coming months, I was prompted to take a deeper dive…

On Losing Your Job

| Leslie Lee

It was a punch to the stomach. I sat there in silence, staring at the floor. My Boss told me he was letting me go. I was terminated without cause.    Six months earlier I had received…

Three Fictional Reads for Self-Isolation

| Jake LeFave

I read a tweet the other day that said that self-isolation was the perfect time, not to binge Netflix, but to get some long-planned reading done. Further, stories have a…

Community and Isolation

| Brandt Van Roekel

Hello, Christ City, I send you warm salutations, while maintaining a generous social distance!     I wanted to write and remind you of the importance of maintaining community during this season. I…

Trust in the Lord

| Geoff Dittrich

A couple years ago our family was parked at the ferry terminal in Nanaimo, hoping to catch the next ferry back to Vancouver after a long weekend. It was a hot…

How should Christians relate to the Law?

| Brett Landry

One of the questions that comes out of our SOTM series, and particularly Matthew 5:17-20, is, “How should Christians relate to the Law?” In this short essay, Brett gives us…

What is Fasting? and How should we fast?

| Brett Landry

For those of you new to fasting or those of you looking for some encouragement in your fasting, here are a few quotes and an attempt to answer two basic questions:…

What We’re Reading: The Sermon on the Mount

| Jake LeFave

Each week the preaching team benefits from a number of pastoral and scholarly resources as we prepare our sermons for our respective Neighbourhood Churches. We thought we would share some…

Unforgiveness Jail

| Paul Fast

Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. When he began to settle, one was brought to him who…

Advent

| Brett Landry

What is Advent? Christ is coming, he has come, and he will come again. This is the message of Advent, the Christian season that leads up to the celebration of…

Christ City East Vancouver

| Brett Landry

In September of 2019, by the grace of God, we’ll launch Christ City East Vancouver in the neighbourhood of Hastings-Sunrise. Continuing to trust Jesus with the vision of a network…

Introduction to Heath Meikle

| Brett Landry

Heath Meikle joined the team back in September as a C2C Church Planting Apprentice. We decided to sit down with him and ask him a few questions, so that we all could…

Introduction to Brandt Van Roekel

| Brandt Van Roekel

Brandt Van Roekel joined the team back in May as the Director of Ministry Development and Care. We decided to sit down with him and ask him a few questions,…

Youth in 2018/19

| Jake LeFave

Christ City Youth and Parents, As September nears we’re gearing up in Christ City Youth for another amazing year of encountering Jesus. As you might be able to tell from…

Introduction to Matt Crocker

| Brett Landry

We are excited to introduce Matt Crocker to the Christ City Church Staff as the Director of Youth! We sat down with him and asked him a few questions to…

Well Worn Pages #5: Joshua 1:9

| Jesse Zak

Well Worn Pages is a series of posts giving us a small window into a particular passage of Scripture that the author returns to time and time again for encouragement, comfort, or…

Well Worn Pages #4: Isaiah 43:2

| Katie Smith

Well Worn Pages is a series of posts giving us a small window into a particular passage of Scripture that the author returns to time and time again for encouragement, comfort, or…

Well Worn Pages #3: Colossians 3:16

| Dave Little

Well Worn Pages is a series of posts giving us a small window into a particular passage of Scripture that the author returns to time and time again for encouragement, comfort, or…

Well Worn Pages #02: Psalm 121

| Andrea Fast

Well Worn Pages is a series of posts giving us a small window into a particular passage of Scripture that the author returns to time and time again for encouragement, comfort, or…

Well Worn Pages #01: Exodus 33:12-16

| Jake LeFave

Well Worn Pages is a series of posts giving us a small window into a particular passage of Scripture the author returns to time and time again for encouragement, comfort, or…

Generosity and Your Eyes

| Brett Landry

“The eye is the lamp of the body.” This is a strange little expression. I’ve heard this explained a few times in my life and I have never been super…

Why Does Preaching Matter?

| Brett Landry

While preaching is a term most often used in religious settings, it happens in all areas of our lives. At work, at home, or on television, “preaching” happens whenever someone…

How to Watch Late Night Television

| Jake LeFave

It was like a punch to the gut. My wife and I were just lying down after a long day and, without even thinking about it, I picked up my…

Pray for Your Pastor

| Dave Little

Pray for your pastor? Isn’t that something pastors should be doing themselves—that’s kind of their job, right? Isn’t that more for those “praying types” at church? They don’t really need…

Sing!

| Joel Sczebel

Have you ever gone to church on Sunday and wondered, “Why do we spend so much time singing?” Maybe you love to sing along to music in the car as…

Jesus, the Centre

| Brett Landry

Jesus seems to think he’s supposed to be the centre of the whole world. He seems to think that his incarnation, life, crucifixion, death, burial, resurrection, and ascension are the…

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