The State of City Church

Promised Birthright (The State of City Church)

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By now you know that I’m a simple pastor. I don’t carry much whiz-bang. I can write letters, though, and I’d like to offer these to you. Letters require time, a listening ear, a curious heart. And I can offer those... I write because I want to be the kind of person who would linger and write a letter, and because I suspect I have happened upon friends who instinctively know, perhaps better than I do, what I mean.
— Winn Collier

Note: Erik shared The State of City Church in the form of a letter. If you’d like to read it, you can download a PDF here.

Genesis 25:27-34

27 When the boys grew up, Esau was a skillful hunter, a man of the field, while Jacob was a quiet man, dwelling in tents. 28 Isaac loved Esau because he ate of his game, but Rebekah loved Jacob.

29 Once when Jacob was cooking stew, Esau came in from the field, and he was exhausted. 30 And Esau said to Jacob, “Let me eat some of that red stew, for I am exhausted!” (Therefore his name was called Edom.) 31 Jacob said, “Sell me your birthright now.” 32 Esau said, “I am about to die; of what use is a birthright to me?”33 Jacob said, “Swear to me now.” So he swore to him and sold his birthright to Jacob. 34 Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew, and he ate and drank and rose and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.

The State of City Church

Many times in our spiritual experience we feel that probably this will be the parting hour, it is just too hard. The Lord’s way is too strange, we do not understand it, we cannot go on. Yet as we look around there is just no way out. And so we are held fast.
— Stephen Kaung

The State of City Church 2016

The church’s approach to an intelligent carpenter is usually confined to exhorting him to not be drunk and disorderly in his leisure hours and to come to church on Sundays. What the church should be telling him is this: that the very first demand that his religion makes upon him is that he should make good tables.
— Dorothy Sayers

Genesis 2:1-17

Sunday, February 7, 2016

The State of City Church 2015

Pilate asks his famous question, ‘What is truth?’ (John 18:38), and Jesus answers him with a silence that is overwhelming in its eloquence. In case there should be any question as to what that silence meant, on another occasion Jesus put it into words for his disciple Thomas. ‘I,’ he said, ‘I am the truth’ (14:6).
— Frederick Buechner

John 18:28-40

Sunday, January 18, 2015

The State of City Church 2014

There is no gap at all between evangelism and doing justice... Evangelism is not an end in itself. It is the means to an end: restoring the image bearers’ capacity for relationship and worship, where the true Creator God in named, known, and blessed... And doing justice is likewise the means to an end—shalom, that rich Hebrew word for peace... The work of justice is to restore the conditions that make image bearing possible
— Andy Crouch, Playing God

John 4:46-5:18

Sunday, January 19, 2014

The State of City Church

With the drawing of this Love and the voice of this Calling
We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time....
Quick now, here, now, always—
A condition of complete simplicity
(Costing not less than everything)
And all shall be well.
— T.S. Elliot, “Little Gidding,” from The Four Quartets

Matthew 13:45-46, 33

Sunday, January 20, 2013