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Sweeper of Streets

By Douglas Cooper   |  July 13, 2016
Sweeper of Streets
Followers of Jesus can do great work that contributes to restoration, regardless of the type of work they are in.

Fear Not?

By Douglas Cooper   |  March 24, 2016
Fear Not?
I don't know if I should or not, but during this season I can't help but connect with the emotions that flowed through Jesus in the days leading up to his crucifi

Come and Build

By Mike Cook   |  February 29, 2016
Come and Build
God calls all of us to build with him, no matter what our skills. Find what God is doing around you, pick a place and join in.

Part of the System

By Mike Cook   |  November 30, 2015
Christians are called to be bilingual; we are to speak the language of faith, grace, salvation, encouragement and reconciliation alongside the language of our work.

God's Will and a Paintbrush

By Mike Cook   |  November 23, 2015
God's Will and a Paintbrush
Along the natural pathways of life, some of the ways we make earth a little more like heaven are pretty straightforward, like painting walls, washing dishes and fixing brakes. However, the fruit of much of what we do – the things that touch peoples’ hearts and souls – may not be evident on this side of heaven.

Imagining a Bigger Gospel

By Mike Cook   |  September 25, 2015
Imagining a Bigger Gospel
Is it time for the church, which has largely moved out of cities, to return to the city and with legitimately good news? Even if it costs us, even if we can have it better outside the city separated from its crises?

For Detroit

By Douglas Cooper   |  September 4, 2015
For Detroit
In the coming week I would like to invite you to be FOR Detroit with focused prayer and fasting.

Meet Doug Cooper

By Mike Cook   |  August 24, 2015
Meet Doug Cooper
Meet Doug Cooper, Executive Director of Ashland Theological Seminary's City Gates Initiative.

Meet Geoffrey Hsu

By Mike Cook   |  August 24, 2015
Meet Geoffrey Hsu
Geoff Hsu will be joining us for our 2015 City Gates Conference in Detroit!

Can a Cafe Cubano Save the World?

By Douglas Cooper   |  August 19, 2015
Can a Cafe Cubano Save the World?
Every Wednesday morning I join a friend for coffee. We meet at a nice place that has decent coffee. Our barista's name is Marge. When I arrive at 7am she has already pou

Meet Jonathan Malm

By Mike Cook   |  August 17, 2015
Meet Jonathan Malm
From our beginning, God invited humans to be co-creators. We are each designed to approach our everyday role with innovation and imagination that brings new life to our world. Jonathan will share how creativity is a key characteristic of God and how we can love others through the gift of creativity.

A Holy Discontentment

By Mike Cook   |  August 17, 2015
As children of God, we carry within us a bit of what I have heard best described as a "holy discontentment" - that is, a sense that things in this world aren't quite what they ought to be. But what are we to do about it?

Meet Yvette Rock

By Mike Cook   |  August 8, 2015
Meet Yvette Rock
Yvette Rock, Detroit painter, collagist and photographer, sees her work as part of the Isaiah 58 call to be "repairers of broken walls and restorers of streets with dwellings."

Meet Deidra Riggs

By Mike Cook   |  August 7, 2015
Meet Deidra Riggs
We are very excited that Detroit native Deidra Riggs will be returning to the City Gates stage for our 2015 Conference!

Good News vs. Good Advice

By Mike Cook   |  August 4, 2015
We talk a lot about the four-chapter gospel here at City Gates and what that means for all of us who follow Jesus today.

Salt of the Earth

By Mike Cook   |  August 3, 2015
Salt of the Earth
Salt preserves the goodness of the food by preventing harmful things from growing in it. So, if we are the salt of the earth, how can we work to flavor and preserve this world?
Keywords: flavor, goodness, preserve, salt

Can Money Buy Happiness?

By Mike Cook   |  August 1, 2015
Can Money Buy Happiness?
Even if money can't buy happiness, it won't stop us from trying. However if you're going to spend it anyway, here's a way to maximize your return.

The Kingdom of God and Baby Gates

By Mike Cook   |  July 30, 2015
The Kingdom of God and Baby Gates
God invites us to join him in the work he is doing to redeem and restore people and communities. All of us have been positioned and equipped to join in sharing and living out the good news.

Resource Highlight

By Mike Cook   |  July 29, 2015
If you're looking for a devotional that speaks to your everyday work, check out "Ambition & Your Work" by The High Calling and the Theology of Work Project.

Of Bicycles and Stillness

By Mike Cook   |  May 18, 2015
Of Bicycles and Stillness
Instead of shouting, God prefers to wait until we’ve set aside our distractions and are waiting ready to listen.

The Kingdom and the Garage

By Mike Cook   |  May 13, 2015
The Kingdom and the Garage
If the Kingdom of God is like a mustard seed, could it also be like a garage? God kees his people mobilized to do the good work he has given them through the vocation of the mechanic.

People of Light

By Mike Cook   |  May 8, 2015
People of Light
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." Right now the light of Jesus Christ is burning within you.

By the Roots

By Mike Cook   |  May 6, 2015
By the Roots
We can learn a lot about life by pulling weeds. What I learned while on flower bed detail.

The Evangelism Myth

By Douglas Cooper   |  April 30, 2015
There has been a long standing myth that connecting our everyday work with God's mission means that we all become apologists and evangelists in our workplaces.

If It's Worth Doing, It's Worth Doing Poorly

By Mike Cook   |  March 11, 2015
If It's Worth Doing, It's Worth Doing Poorly
A while ago some friends and I got together and decided that we were going to make homemade mozzarella cheese, drawing inspiration from Pinterest. However, as these things often go, we didn't quite end up with what we were hoping for.

Creativity at Work

By Douglas Cooper   |  March 5, 2015
Creativity at Work
If you are a Jesus-follower who is trying to connect your everyday work with God's mission, you need to approach your work with creativity. In fact when you are intentionally creative about your work, you are loving those your serve.

Humility in Practice

By Mike Cook   |  February 25, 2015
Humility should never diminish our commitment to joining God on his mission and doing good work. Do your work with humility to make Jesus more apparent in every thing that you do.

Can We Be Too Humble?

By Mike Cook   |  February 21, 2015
Can We Be Too Humble?
Is it possible for followers of Jesus to be too humble? Is there such a thing as too much humility?

A Righteous Mission

By Mike Cook   |  February 9, 2015
A righteous mission drives personal righteousness.

Resource on Faith and Calling

February 6, 2015
If you want to explore further the topics of faith and work, calling, vocation, and many others, I highly recommend it patheos.com's "My Faith and My Calling."