CTK women recently attended “Word-filled Women” training, hosted by the Gospel Coalition at the Chinese Evangelical Church of Boston. The aim of the conference was to encourage and support the growth of Word-based ministry among women in and through the local church, under the leadership of pastors and elders.
Christ the King is a “church for the city” seeking to serve God in worship, serve one another in love, and serve our city by bearing witness to the good news about Jesus Christ in both word and deed.
CTK Stories is exploring how these three elements are worked out on a daily basis. The first in the series was Serving Our City — A Look at the Fields Corner Business Lab. The second in the series looks at "serving God in worship" and how our worship leaders seek to create an atmosphere of worship on a weekly basis in each congregation. Lon Gipe leads worship at Grace South Shore and shares his testimony of faith, as well as his work in planning music at Grace.
It’s one of the few Albanian religious symbols that survived communism. Grandmothers dyed eggs blood red in a simple yet powerful sign of faith and rebellion against the atheism that snuffed out churches, killed priests and imams, and deprived Albanians of faith for 40 years. They did it in hiding, secretly celebrating Easter as they gave them to their grandchildren and families, risking death or interment for their families if caught.
It’s been said that Christianity turns the world upside down. It certainly turns human expectations, really human instincts, about religion or spirituality upside down. C S Lewis said somewhere that being high minded about the Christian faith would domesticate or civilize it beyond recognition. Happily Easter and the three days before are resistant to domestication, unlike Christmas.
On a weekday morning in Fields Corner, Dorchester is bustling with morning commuters walking to the T stop or sitting in traffic on Dorchester Ave. Just next to the popular homeste.stead bakery and café—a cozy spot full of beautiful pastries and plentiful coffee—you’ll find the entrance to Fields Corner Business Lab. Although the sign is unassuming, the energy and entrepreneurship that goes on inside is quite remarkable.
In case you've run out of good books to curl up with on cozy winter nights, we've gathered some recommendations from CTKers. Here are a few:
“PER NJE JETE ME TE MIRE” This phrase in Albanian means “for a better life”. It is the reason and hope that drives an individual or family to leave behind family, friends, culture, and language in order to start anew in a city like Boston. As they cross cultures, learn english, work furiously to pay bills and push their children in school this underlying motive moves them forward. They are working, sacrificing, persevering to obtain a better life, a life with opportunity, stability and prosperity.
December 18, 1999, four or five months late, the Downs family of eight with three pets (having left three behind) departed Winston-Salem, NC for Cambridge, MA in two vehicles. The truck with our stuff, courtesy of Jungle Aviation Relocation Services, was already on its way. Our plan was to take two days, stopping to stay with friends in the DC area for one night.
A third time the Lord called, “Samuel!” Samuel got up, went to Eli and said, “Here I am, you called me.” Then Eli realized the Lord was calling the boy. So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you say, “Speak Lord for your servant is listening.” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. The Lord came and stood there, calling as at other times, “Samuel, Samuel!” 1 Samuel 3
Happy Summer! As July gets underway, I am reminded of the blessing of seasons. I am particularly thankful for the change of pace summer brings. Longer daylight, and shorter weeks, upended schedules and flexible bed times.
The past months have been a learning experience for our family. During one of my recent devotions from the Men's Devotional Bible, I read about waiting and patience. Those two words spoke to me and I have been thinking a lot about them.
Waiting is one of the hardest things we ever have to do. We wait in traffic. We wait in the doctor's office (in the waiting room!). We wait to hear news--good or bad.
The last few months, I have been reading and studying Joshua. The battle narratives of the Old Testament often contain rich imagery and lessons paralleling God's working in the church today. It has been a source of great encouragement, challenge and correction for me and has specifically given me great insight in the midst of my transition out of one ministry and the beginning of a new one.
Jonathan and Cara Pardo have been a big part of CTK Music through the years. In addition to making music in several bands and groups around the city, they can often be found playing with the music team at CTK Cambridge. Here is a glimpse into how they got here, their music process and their love for hymns and worship.
Jonathan: Both Cara and I have had similar upbringings regarding music. We’re both singers, went to jazz school, and no longer sing jazz. To be fair, I only went to jazz school for about a year and a half, whereas Cara gave it up after getting an entire degree in it.
Cara: Heeeeeey. At least I have a degree to show all the people in the jazz club that I’m not singing to.
It was Christmas vacation, two and a half years ago. My family and I were leaving the movie theatre at Legacy Place, in Dedham, MA, where we had just watched the movie, ‘The Penguins of Madagascar’. At this particular location, there are escalators that take you from the parking lot on the lower level to the theatre on the second level. After our movie ended, we made our way back toward the escalators. I was at the bottom of this escalator when I realized our older daughter, Mya, was standing at the top. “Oh, hey up there,” I said, with a smile, “C’mon down, Mya.” "No. I’m scared of escalators,” she replied.
What am I doing with my life? What should I do with my life? I had recently moved to Cambridge after accepting a job offer at a consulting firm, and two months in I was questioning the purpose of it all. It was frustrating – neither the miraculous circumstances that had brought me here nor what was supposed to be the ‘honeymoon’ phase of starting an exciting position could push these thoughts away. I
If you watched a silent video of my life, it may have looked familiar. Kid stuff, work stuff, house stuff, church stuff, too light on the marriage stuff. Days, weeks, and weekends were full. I would fall asleep (very) early every night. Two young kids, busy job, no local family—makes sense, right? I was tired. Yep. And, I was hiding.
I remember the moment well. I had just informed my Session that I would be resigning as their Sr. Pastor to become a Boston church-planter for CTK. I had no financial support and no real idea about how to get support, and I was walking away from my job!