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Blog Archives: June 2016

Responding to Oakland's Housing Crisis

June 27, 2016
Jen McKillips
The past couple of weeks have been rough in Oakland.  The OPD has been exposed for rampant abuse, the mayor’s office is opening an investigation into who is leaking information, a teenager was killed at a memorial service, a recycling center (which is a lifeline for nearly 400 homeless residents) is shutting down in August, and then there is the affordable housing crisis.  There never seems to be a shortage of scandal or obstacles to overcome in our city. In the past 18 months rent in Oakland has increased by 40%, roughly 60% of the city’s ...

A call for peace and engagement in Oakland

June 21, 2016
Patrick Vaughn
Friends, This post is primarily aimed towards those of you who live in Oakland, however, I think it is a useful reminder for all of us to consider how we can follow Christ in a way that seeks God's shalom (wholeness and peace) for the cities in which we live. This Wednesday Oakland City Church is holding a night of action for peace on our streets. Last week two men were shot right outside their church and one man died. In order to support our brothers and sisters at Oakland City Church, I’m cancelling our first Love One Another discussion ...

6/12 Sermon Discussion Questions

June 13, 2016
Patrick Vaughn
Date: 6/12/2016 Series: Love One Another Title: Welcome One Another Speaker: Patrick Vaughn Text: Romans 15:5-9 and Matthew 9:9-13 Reflection Quotes: “Jesus’ concern is the liberation of human beings from people despising prejudices.” - Joachim Gnilka “Beware of ever desiring such purity that you do not want to seem to yourself to be a sinner, for Christ dwells only in sinners.” - Martin Luther “Children, parents, spouses, lovers, colleagues and friends want to know that our love for them reflects the love of God, that our ...

I love Christ Church...but the worship feels too traditional or liturgical

June 10, 2016
Bart Garrett
Do you feel this way? I get it. I imagine a lot of folks who call Christ Church home might struggle over the worship. If you don't mind doing a little bit of work, I'm convinced that these sources will help you understand why we worship the way that we worship! Got 2 minutes? Watch this. Got 10 minutes? Read this. Got a few hours to tackle an incredible book? Make this your summer reading.