Tag: City Square Church

A few weeks back Rob and I set up a table at TaylorFest, an ASU Downtown event meant to introduce incoming freshmen to the Downtown Phoenix community. There were restaurants, coffee shops, , music venues, and of course, churches represented there. We took a sign and some business cards and, in a last ditch effort […]

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One of the most interesting things about downtown and Central Phoenix is the practice of what’s called “adaptive reuse.” Arizona is one of our nation’s youngest states, meaning we don’t have a lot of old historic buildings. The ones we do have aren’t that historic by East Coast historic standards, but if something’s been around […]

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Those of you who have read my blog entries here may have picked up on a theme that has been working on me during my time with City Square: spiritual practice. While most churches I’ve encountered tend to speak often about belief, I have encountered countless folk who aren’t sure what they believe but know […]

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Photo: Kelsey Wong, Design: Little Giant Design Have you ever kicked yourself for standing on the sidelines too long? Have you ever failed to follow your heart or your gut and then missed out on something special? In my lifetime I have probably done that more than I like to admit. One of the biggest risk […]

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A friend of mine from far off places wrote me this week to tell me that she’s recently found a church, she reads this blog (Woohoo!), and she’s wrestling with something she’d like some thoughtful reflection on. Essentially my friend was wrestling with why folk choose to follow God and whether that decision should be […]

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Tonight, below the window of my 1st Ave. and Adams apartment I overheard two people shouting at each other. That happens sometime, the (additional) price you pay for living in the heart of downtown, but tonight I heard words that alarmed me: hit, scared, get away, don’t touch me. Now, I’m not the kind of […]

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I really don’t want to write right now. It’s not that I don’t have anything to say (those of you who know me know that I always have something to say), it’s just that I don’t feel like saying it right now. Or, more to the point, I don’t feel like writing it right now. […]

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Before I ever went into professional ministry, my degree and my vocation were in Social Work. I often joke that having a Bachelor’s of Social Work (BSW) is a lot like knowing CPR: you know just enough to understand how bad a situation is and how much worse you could make it by trying to […]

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One of the great disservices Christianity has done itself over they years is to convince the world (and perhaps ourselves) that our primary purpose is to be right, to prove others wrong, and to coerce others into becoming like us.The truth of the matter is that the heart of Christianity is far less coercive and […]

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