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Most parents who live in the city don’t need a reminder that it can be tough to transport, house and educate children in the city. Even more importantly, many worry that raising children in a city like Boston will deprive them of valuable spiritual resources that are often more prevalent and available in suburban settings. Christine Stone offers encouragement and hope for parents and also spreads some of the responsibility for raising spiritually healthy children to those in our church who do not have children of their own. This is a thoughtful discussion of a relevant topic—no matter what age or stage.

A Church is Born!

A Church is Born!

Christ the King Cambridge recently sent out a group of about 35 men, women and children to plant a church in the northern suburbs of Boston. This work has been prayed for and worked on for nearly a decade. Although each church plant has its own origin story, the process of finding a person to lead and a place to worship was quite a long road. 

“Established” Conference Comes to Boston

“Established” Conference Comes to Boston

Recently, CTK Cambridge hosted a children’s ministry conference, called Established. The Established Conference is a ministry of the PCA denomination, and exists to bring pastors, parents, teachers and volunteers together to encourage and equip them to minister to the children in their congregations. Based on the promises of Psalm 78:5-7, they offer resources, instruction and discussion around how to pass along the truths of scripture to the next generation, reminding them that our worth does not lie in what we do, but who we are, as children of God. 

The Beauty and Comfort of Stories at Christmas

Our move to the Boston area from Philadelphia, PA afforded us many wonderful adventures.  Christ the King had been on our radar for years as we attended Lookout Mountain Pres (TN) when the church sent teams to help clean up, repair and restore the building for this new church plant in Cambridge, MA. (I had recently had twins and was unable to go, but how I wanted to!) When we relocated to the area in 2006, we were delighted to find a thriving, youthful congregation with Rick Downs and John Standridge serving as Pastors.  

Fishing

Fishing.  Its an image that I have often reflected on these last few months.  Not because I have done much of it in my life, but because what I am doing now feels so much like it.  It is what Jesus called his disciples to and how he described their mission.  “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men" (Matthew 4:19)

Reconciliation and the Local Church

Reconciliation and the Local Church

All of us interact with people across cultures on a regular, sometimes daily, basis. It might be someone from a different race or ethnicity, someone from a different socio-economic background, or someone from a different region of the country. Our ability to function well, or effectively, between different cultures is commonly called "cultural intelligence."

Exploring Christian Science—A Conversation with a Former Christian Scientist

Exploring Christian Science—A Conversation with a Former Christian Scientist

“Do you know anyone with a background in Christian Science?”

This is what I asked CTK Bob Sawyer and Omar Ortiz after they gave a presentation at Covenant Seminary in St. Louis, MO. I attended their event because I have a heart for Boston. Boston houses the worldwide headquarters of Christian Science. I’m the founder and director of a ministry that is sharing the Gospel with people with a background in Christian Science, The Fellowship of Former Christian Scientists (FFCS). Providentially they had just become aware of a CTK member with a CS connection. They were interested in learning more! 

All-Church Gatherings: A Glimpse into the Unity and Uniqueness of CTK/Grace Congregations

Looking back now on the day I first joined the work of Christ the King Boston, it seems random. The father of a friend of mine in Birmingham, where I was for seminary, had planted a church in New England. I didn’t know this man well, but he connected me to Rick Downs and Bob Sawyer and Logan Keck, who had just begun work church planting in JP/Roxbury. So, having never been to Boston, I arrived on the first of June 2012, in my compact car full of the possessions I needed for a summer, to do an internship with a CTK JP/Roxbury congregation that did not yet exist. 

Seeking to Serve God in Worship on the South Shore

Seeking to Serve God in Worship on the South Shore

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 LabThe 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. 

Eggs Dyed Red—An Easter Sign of Rebellion and Faith for Albanians

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.  

Why We Need The Darkness – A Holy Week Reflection

Why We Need The Darkness – A Holy Week Reflection

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.

Serving Our City — A Look at the Fields Corner Business Lab

Serving Our City — A Look at the Fields Corner Business Lab

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 caféa 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.