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Graduation

Posted by Tim McConnell on

There are many graduations between the cradle and the career. You graduate out of diapers. You graduate preschool. (I bumped into a friend in the hall whose son is graduating from our First Pres Preschool later this week. It’s emotional!) You graduate from elementary school and from middle...

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At the Cross

Posted by Tim McConnell on

Christ has died. Christ has risen. Christ will come again. Together on Easter Sunday we lifted up the great mystery and glorious truth once again. What an Easter we had! I could not be prouder of our church, the witness to Jesus we offered our city and how in love we are with our Savior! It was...

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Tags: e-blast, easter, the cross

Fluctuat Nec Mergitur

Posted by Tim McConnell on

The Latin motto of the city of Paris is “Fluctuat Nec Mergitur.” It is a mariner’s saying meaning “buffeted but never sunk,” as though a ship were hit on every side by waves, but never swamped; tempest-tossed, she never goes down. We think of that as we grieve the...

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Tags: e-blast, easter, the cross

The Power of Focus

Posted by Tim McConnell on

Last night the University of Virginia Men’s Basketball team won the NCAA National Championship tournament for the first time in school history. Since UVA is where I did my Ph.D. work, and two of our children were born in Charlottesville, this was a pretty exciting night in the McConnell...

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Tags: e-blast, the cross

Small Talk, Big Results

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I’m excited for tomorrow night when Amy Julia Becker will be with us for our Family Conference, Small Talk: Conversations about Faith and Life. Abigail and I have known Amy Julia since she was a college student and we were volunteer counselors at a weeklong camp. Now she is a...

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Layers of Victory

Posted by Tim McConnell on

We are walking toward Easter with our eyes on The Cross. You can’t get to the resurrection without going through the cross. Sunday morning we talked about the main thing—the primary meaning of the cross of Christ: Jesus Christ came to become a sacrifice for our sins.  Dying on...

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He Substituted Himself

Posted by Tim McConnell on

What on earth does "He Substituted Himself" mean? Well, it means God, in Christ, put Himself in our place. He took on the unavoidable results of what we had done so that we could enjoy the unassailable benefits of what He had done. He died for us so we could live to Him. That’s what we are...

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Tags: e-blast, the cross

Call for Prayer

Posted by Tim McConnell on

Six months ago we revealed a new mission statement. Christ has called us to be Light and Life for the City. On Sunday we closed an eight-week series exploring what it means. “Light” is the knowledge of Christ—the good news of what God had done in Jesus to save us...

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Tags: e-blast, the cross

The Next 1,000

Posted by Tim McConnell on

A few weeks ago, we handed out flashlights to everyone gathered for Vision Sunday. We talked about how Christ has called us to be Light and Life for the City, and we made a commitment to shine His light. Part of that morning was talking about the “next 1,000.” While we are not called...

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Tags: eblast, light and life

Special Announcement: A New Call for the Fowlers

Posted by Tim McConnell on

Last evening our First Pres Session heard how the Lord is leading Katie and Chuck Fowler to a new thing! We are excited to announce that Katie and Chuck have accepted a call to a church plant with Corona Church in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Denver. Corona is a fellow ECO church, and Katie...

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