Hey friends,

On Sunday we were excited to announce that we are becoming an autonomous church and changing our name to Praxis Church as we launch in 2019. 

In 2011 a small group of people had a dream in their hearts to see God move in the central part of London, Ontario. Under the covering of Royal View Church on London’s east side, City View Church was established as a downtown campus/location of Royal View. 

Throughout the last seven and a half years, City View has seen some amazing things happen. People have been reached and baptized, numerous children have been dedicated, Jesus has been lifted up and a community has responded by practicing the way of Jesus together. 

The next step in our journey is an exciting one, as we launch out as Praxis Church.

We are so thankful for the covering and care that Royal View has provided. Royal View is an amazing church that has church planting in it’s DNA—planting Dorchester Community Church in Dorchester, Ontario, Gateway Church in London and now Praxis Church.


Through the process of working to become an autonomous, self-sustaining church, the word practice or praxis kept coming to the forefront. We have been on a journey as a church in understanding both our corporate and personal practices and the name Praxis is deeply tied to our identity as a community.

The word praxis is defined as the process by which a theory, lesson, or skill is enacted, embodied, or realized. It refers to the act of engaging, applying, exercising, realizing, or practicing ideas.

This is not simply who we want to become… this is who we are!

The writer James in the New Testament would say that we are not just hearers of the word, but doers. This is praxis.

The word praxis (prä’-ksēs) is used six times in the New Testament. In Matthew 16:27 Jesus says, “For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to (what they have done) (praxis).”

So we look at like this; instead of calling ourselves Good Deeds Community Church like we probably would have in the 80s, we desire to call ourselves Praxis Church


Part of the process of becoming an autonomous church is the expansion of our Lead Team. In 2011, Serge Kaniki represented City View on Royal View’s board. A few years later Heidi Collins was added to Royal View’s board as a further representation of City View. 

As we become our own entity, we have expanded the Lead Team. With the guidance of the current Lead Team and with the blessing of Royal View, Marc Rodrigues and Nate Rundle have been added. Both of these guys have tremendous gifts and will lead us well into our future. 

We are also thankful for the leadership of Spencer Schultz, who is our Director of Music + Liturgy. Spence has been a rock over the years and has led our music so well. 


The timeline for this transition is as followed:

December 23 - Christmas Sunday as City View Church

December 24 - Christmas Eve as City View Church

December 30 - No Gathering

January 1 - Community Begins As Praxis Church

January 6, 13, 20, 28 - Pre-Launch Gatherings For Core Households

February 3 - Launch Publicly as Praxis Church

Your financial contributions can be given to City View until the end of the year (December 31).

Starting January 1 all financial contributions can be given to Praxis Church.

If you give online, our team can help with the transition from Canada Helps to give online to Praxis Church starting in January. 

Follow this link to see our online giving platform -


Prior to our public launch as Praxis on Sunday, February 3, we are also looking to raise some extra funds to help with launch costs. We have a goal of $7000. We also have a donor looking to match the first $2000 contributed, which means the first $2000 given to the launch fund will be doubled!

If you like to give to the launch fund you can find details below:

Before January 1 you can give to the PRAXIS LAUNCH CAMPAIGN here -

Starting January 1 you can give to the PRAXIS LAUNCH CAMPAIGN here -

We are excited about the days ahead. If you have any questions our team would love to serve you. Please send us an e-mail at 


Silence & Solitude


Silence & Solitude


Our spiritual practice for November is Silence & Solitude.

Silence & Solitude is simple. It’s intentional time in quiet to be alone with God and ourselves.

Throughout the gospels we see Jesus practicing Silence & Solitude all the time and as we grow as disciples in a frenetic, over busy, and stressed out culture, we believe this practice will draw us into God’s rest and love.

Here’s How You Can Practice This

Make intentional time, at least three times a week, for silence and solitude in God’s presence.

Let’s Get Practical

Silence and solitude is in relationship with practices like Lectio Divina and Listening Prayer and you may want to incorporate these together.

Below is a practical outline/exercise in how you can incorporate Silence & Solitude into your week (taken from

1. Identify a time/place that works well for you

  • Time: For most people, first thing in the morning works best. You’re rested, fresh, and the day is young. For others, a more optimal time slot is when kids are napping in the late morning, or on a lunch break, after work, or before you go to bed. Feel free to experiment until you find the right fit. 

  • Place: Find a place that is quiet and as distraction free as possible. A comfortable chair with a blanket and candle nearby works well for a lot of people. Weather permitting, a park or nature reserve are also a good bet. 

2. Set a modest goal

  • Beginners: It’s better to start small and work your way up. We recommend you start with ten minutes, 3-5 days a week. 

  • Intermediate: If you already practice silence and solitude a few times a week, consider upping it to every day. 

  • Advanced: If you already practice silence and solitude daily, consider upping your time (to, say, an hour), or just giving your time a high level of focus. 

Then, for the practice… 

1. Put away your phone or any other distractions, settle into your time/place, and get comfortable

  • For most people, sitting with your back straight, shoulders relaxed, legs on the floor is a good start. Others do better lying on their back in a relaxed position. 

  • Some of you may prefer to do this exercise while walking or doing something simple with your hands, like laundry or drawing. 

2. Begin with a breathing prayer

  • Close your eyes. 

  • Take long, deep, slow breaths (if you want, count 4 seconds in, 4 seconds wait, 4 seconds out, repeat). Inhale through your nose, exhale through your mouth. 

  • Start to pay attention to your breathing. Just “watch” your breath go in and out. 

  • Release the constant chatter in your mind. Let each thought go as quickly as it comes, and just focus on your breathing. 

  • Your mind will sieze this opportunity to run wild with thoughts, feelings, memories, to do’s, and distractions. That’s okay. Don’t judge yourself, feel bad, give up, or worry. When you notice your mind start to wander, just recenter with a quick prayer, like, “Father…” and come back to your breathing. 

  • In the beginning, just 1-2 minutes of this is a huge win, and 10 minutes is a home run. 

3. Spend a few minutes “abiding in the vine” 

  • Transition from your breathing prayer to “the practice of the presence of God.” 

  • Notice God’s presence all around you, in you. For some people it’s helpful to imagine the Father is sitting in the chair across from you or on a throne. 

  • Welcome his love, joy, and peace from the Holy Spirit. 

  • If you want, open your mind and imagination to listen for God’s voice, or get something off your chest in prayer. 

  • But the main goal here is simply to “be with Jesus.” Don’t feel like you have to “do” anything. Just relax and enjoy his presence. 

4. Close in a prayer of gratitude and commit the rest of your day to the Father

A few things to note:

  1. You can’t “succeed” or “fail” at this practice. All you can do is show up. Be patient. This takes some people years to master. Resist the urge to say, “I’m bad at this” or “This isn’t for me.” Don’t judge yourself, especially if you’re an overachiever type. 

  2. If you’re more of an “S” on the Meyer’s Briggs, and sitting still is just death, you might want to try this while doing a stretching exercise or going on a walk somewhere quiet and distraction free (like a park or short hike). Apply the same idea to a walking prayer, and just focus on your walking instead of your breathing.


Teams At City View!


Teams At City View!


It takes a fantastic group of people serving on our Sunday teams to see our gatherings take place from week to week.

This is a picture of our team that helped prepare for our gathering this past Sunday! This crew set up sound gear, chairs, signage, communion stations, our kids nursery/preschool room, along with our kids and Jr. High experiences! Sunday would not have been possible without them!

If you would like to participate on one of our Sunday teams visit

We are very thankful for all of our Kids + Youth Leaders and all the hard work they have put in over the last number of weeks! The last number of weeks have been amazing and we are super thankful for all of the new team members who have been added.

It was also great to hear some feedback from some our kids and Jr. Highs about what they are learning.

On Sunday the Jr. Highs learned about fasting. There are some that have purposed this week to fast things like technology. So great!

We also overheard one elementary kid say that they feel challenged to pray before going to bed each night this week!

Little things like this go a long way in a our kids and youths development as followers of Jesus. Thank you for making a difference.

We are looking forward to the coming weeks!


A Culture of Leadership


A Culture of Leadership


At our team morning on Sunday, September 30 we took a few minutes to address the leadership culture that continues to develop at City View. From the very beginning this little phrase has been used over and over by our key leaders: “Everything is an invitation!”

More than ever we believe this statement to be true. Everything we do as a community is an invitation. Our hearts desire is that those leading and serving on our Sunday teams would not do so out of obligation, but out of a deep and sincere love for the church and out of the way in which each person is gifted. 

With this in mind, to deepen our culture of leadership at City View we have to continually change the way we think. The apostle Paul says that we shouldn’t be conformed to the patterns of the world, but rather we should be transformed by the renewing of our mind (Romans 12:2). 

It’s pretty simple… How we think as leaders is so important. The reality is that bad ideas can easily permeate the church and with bad ideas often comes poor practice. So with that said, here are a couple of areas we hope to change in the way we think as leaders at City View:

Life Posture > Tasks

Certainly each of our teams have a number of tasks on Sunday mornings. There is sound to be plugged in, rehearsals that take place, signs to be set up, rooms to be transformed, media to be tested, lessons to go over, and the list goes on. Now a culture of excellence is a good thing and we want to be good stewards of our time, resources and gifts as a church, but it must be stated: culture and life posture is far greater than simply getting a list of tasks done. 

The reality is our teams are not simply a means to getting things done. Each person on our team is valued, loved and a vital part of the culture that City View embodies. Remember, as you serve, that your posture in loving and serving others should take priority. The reality is a church can get things done but still have an unloving, unwelcoming culture. Our desire is that we would welcome and care for each other in community and that the posture of our lives towards each other would trump completing a to do list. 

Church As Family/Community > Church As An Event 

One of the other places we need to change our thinking is by continually having our minds renewed in how we view the church. To be honest, when church is viewed simply as an event it can slowly become exhausting. The pressure of throwing an event from week to week often leaves people tired and stressed out.

Here’s the thing. The bible actually gives a much more holistic and beautiful picture of what the church is. We must be reminded that the church is a family! This simple shift from viewing the church as an event to viewing the church as a family or community will change everything. It changes the way we participate—viewing our gatherings together not as an obligation but as a time where the family/community gathers together to worship and connect with each other. This shift in thinking also changes the way we view things like money. When we view the church as an event then we can also be easily drawn in to think that the sole reason of giving financially to a church is to put on a show. This can lead to bad ideas that assume that if the event on Sunday is good then I will give but if it isn’t good or entertaining then I won’t. When we view the church as a family our finances go to fund a community rather than put on an event. This is a much healthier and better way of thinking. Church is a family gathering.

With all of this in mind we look forward to the coming months together! We hope that our little outpost of the kingdom of God will continue to lead people in the way of Jesus.


24 Hours of Prayer


24 Hours of Prayer

We have had a fantastic week fasting and praying as a church for SEEK WEEK. Now we are concluding SEEK WEEK with 24 hours of continual prayer.

A number of people have signed up to take an hour or two starting at 8pm tonight! Sign up or check you time at

Below are some things that you can be praying for:

- our mayor, city council, city and community leaders
- teachers and educators in the city
- all the kids and youth in London that have returned to school this week
- the college and university students that now make London home
- those on the margins of society in our city
- the different ministries that are bringing care to individuals in need in our city
- the salvation and renewal of our city, praying that people will turn to Jesus!

- the growth of our community in prayer, the spiritual disciples and our engagement of scripture
- that our kids ministry would continue to reach, teach and train children
- that our Jr. High ministry would make disciples of students
- that our community groups would flourish and fill the city with people living on mission
- for those hurting in our church both relationally and financially
- for the financial health of our community, that people would join in on the financial vision of our church
- that our community would be postured towards people outside the community, reaching them with the gospel
- for the strength and health of our leaders
- that God would raise more leaders to lead within our community
- that those who hear the gospel in our Sunday gatherings would turn their hearts towards Jesus and his kingdom

Ultimately our prayer is that God’s kingdom would come to London as it is in heaven. Thanks for praying with us!


Emotional Health


Emotional Health


We are continuing on with our year of spiritual practice at City View... The Year of The Dojo!

So far we have laid the fouindation of four practices: Fixed Hour Prayer (Jan-Feb), Fasting (Feb-March), Generosity (April-May), and Sabbath (June-August).

Now, from August 12 to September 29, we are going to practice emotional health as a community.

How are we going to do this?

1. We are going to use Pete Scazzero's book The Emotionally Healthy Church as a guide.
2. Over seven weeks we are going to walk through Scazzero's seven principles to emotional health.
3. We are also going to offer mid-week podcasts and study guides that highlight the seven principles to emotional health.
4. We also encourage you to take the assessment/inventory to identify where you are at in regards to emotional health.

7 Principles of Emotional Health

1. Looking Beneath The Surface
2. Breaking The Power of The Past
3. Living In Brokenness and Vulnerability
4. Receiving The Gift of Limits
5. Embracing Grieving and Loss
6. Making Incarnation Our Model For Loving Well
7. Slowing Down and Leading With Integrity


Church In The Park


Church In The Park

We had a fantastic time at Church In The Park on Sunday! We had brunch together, our kiddos played some old school picnic games and we crowned new Corn Hole champions for 2018. See some photos below!



The Spiritual Practice of Sabbath


The Spiritual Practice of Sabbath


We live in a culture that is flat out busy. The demands of work, the over involvement in extra curricular activities, and the constant pursuit of more has left many on a hamster wheel of exhaustion. There is also the tension that, in many ways, this kind of life has become a badge of honour in our cultural moment. When someone asks how we are doing our immediate response tends to be, "busy!" as if this was a good thing.

What about followers of Jesus? Should our practices reflect something different?

Our spiritual practice for June and July is the ancient discipline of Sabbath. We are encouraging our community to set aside one day a week for rest and worship.

You will find a number of resources, including teaching and recommended reading, at that will help lead you into what Sabbath is and how you can practice this!


Fasting: Participating In The Drama of God


Fasting: Participating In The Drama of God


As part of our theme this year on practicing the spiritual disciplines, we took some time as a community to practice the discipline of fasting throughout the months of February and March. I agree with Phillis Tickle when she says that “fasting is far and away the most misunderstood, maligned, and misused” spiritual discipline. To bring some clarity, we have been blogging over the last couple of months on why we fast. You can catch up by following the links below:

The History of Israel and Fasting
Fasting Is An Act of Whole Body Worship
Fasting As A Practice Against Broken Desires
Fasting As A Response To A Grievous Moment
Fasting Creates A Greater Awareness of God

Fasting Stands In Solidarity With The Poor

Now that we’ve covered some of this ground and seen some really good reasons why we fast, I want to take a minute and share what could be the most important reason why every Jesus follower should consider fasting regularly.

To set the stage, the best place to look is at Jesus’ words in Mark 2.

In the opening chapter of Mark’s gospel, Jesus declared that “the kingdom of God has come near” and it seems that by the time we get to Mark 2 his ministry is gaining momentum. Because fasting was a thing in Judaism—with most pious Jews fasting a couple of times a week—a group of people come to Jesus and question why his disciples are not fasting like John’s disciples or the Pharisees. So Jesus, knowing he’s Israel’s messiah and wanting to show that history is moving towards the changing of epochs, responds by saying, “How can the guests of the bridegroom fast while he is with them? They cannot, so long as they have him with them. But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them, and on that day they will fast” (Mat 2:19-20).

In reality, Jesus is simply saying that the time for his disciples to fast is when he is not with them in flesh and blood.

So Israel throughout the Old Testament scripture, in anticipating a messiah, fasted as they longed for the day when he would arrive. And when Jesus was incarnate and among humanity, it is clear that he believed this was not the time to fast. Actually, to Jesus, it was the opposite—this was a time to party and celebrate.

Yet, Jesus also knew in Mark 2, that even though he had inaugurated the kingdom of God, a day was coming when he would leave in flesh and blood and this would be a time when his disciples, in his absence, would fast again.

Here’s the point.

Jesus believed that his disciples would fast in his absence because it was a common rhythm where they would long for the kingdom of God to be fully consummated—fully realized. Fasting is a way that we are regularly drawn into the drama of God and ultimately a way that we long for the kingdom of heaven to come in its fullness.

How so?

Well, I know Jesus says that we shouldn’t show others that we are fasting like the hypocrites (Matthew 6), but I think for illustration sake, I could share a bit of my journey. Fasting is something that I have only started to practice recently and it has changed my life.

So, it’s pretty simple. Wednesday evenings our house is filled with people and we have a meal together. People rush from work and school, they bring their best dish, and honestly we pig out. It’s the best meal of the week and we have so much fun in community eating and reflecting together. These meals are a real time of orientation. Everything, for the most part, is good and right. By the end I’m full, filled with great relationships and celebrating life.

Then, as the sun goes down, I begin to fast. The next morning I’m usually busy trying to get the little humans that live with me out the door to school. I’m distracted, so missing a meal is not consciously felt.

But then lunchtime comes around and things change. I’m hungry. Actually, I’m hangry, if you know what I mean. I can feel the pain, the longing for something to eat, especially after a huge meal the night before when I was fully satisfied.

Now here’s the thing. I could look at these hunger pains as simply the cause and effect of not eating. But, because I’m entering into a practice that is shaped around a story, every hunger pain I feel during this time is actually a deeper sign of disorientation. Every hunger pain is a reminder that everything is not right in this present age—things are not as they should be. Just like Jesus believed fasting would be a longing for his kingdom, I’m drawn into this story of disorientation. I’m reminded that I live in a world where there is brokeness, violence and injustice. Yes, Jesus, through his teaching, life, death and resurrection began a good work in the world, and I still hold on to the hope that he is going to one day bring heaven to earth in totality.

Throughout the day I feel this pain and now, after practicing for a period of time, I’m actually trained to reflect on this disorientation. The pain, in the story, has a purpose.

But… it only lasts a little while.

Thursday evening I rush home from work, I arrive, and we prepare! The last number of weeks we have intentionally tried to make a meal together (though I’m pretty useless and lean on Heather’s incredible cooking skills). Often we make a meal that can be prepared in parts and throughout the whole process, though I’m tempted, I don’t cheat. No sneaking guacamole or chips and hummus. I help prepare, but I patiently wait.

Now this may seem lame, and I get it, but this patience has a purpose. The Jesus community has always been marked by a sense of delayed gratification and the wait to take this first bite is a reminder, in the story, that we wait patiently for the kingdom to come. Sure I could take a bite of something before we sit down. I’m not under law to abstain from food—nobody is forcing me to do this. But, this patience corresponds with the age in which we live. Everything that we see today is not all that there is and there is a sense of hope that better is coming.

And then we sit. Our nightly routine of asking, “Who wants to pray?” is met with the anticipation that it must be quick—I’ve got to eat! And when the prayer concludes I quickly grab what is in front of me and take that first bite—a sign in the story that someday, amongst all the pain, fear and tears, the kingdom will be fully realized.

Now you may or may not buy this, but truth is the story of God is a story of orientation, disorientation and reorientation. One of the things short fasts do is let us feel and experience this cycle. God created this world good and in rhythm, humans mess it up and bring pain, and God, through Jesus, will reconcile heaven and earth back together in the end. Fasting leads us into a time where we are satisfied, dissatisfied and re-satisfied—a sign of what God has done and is doing in the world.  

So amongst all the reasons to fast—and there are some really good ones—I think regular participation in the drama of God is something that shapes us over time. This story leaves us longing for a better day—like that first bite after abstaining from food—a day when everything is made right.

- Dru




SEA Church


SEA Church


Our spiritual practice for April + May is the practice of generosity. This practice is simple! We are encouraging our community, every single week for the next eight weeks, to give money and resource away. Our hope is that we would practice our way into being generous people.

We know that there are a lot of people in our church community that are connected to people and organizations doing good in our world. We also have some people and organizations that we love that you can see over at

Over the next bunch of weeks we are going to highlight some of these initiatives so you can see what they're up to and how you can participate if you so desire!

Our friends Aaron and Rachel Young recently planted SEA Church in the heart of Seattle, Washington. It is a brand new church serving its community in the neighborhood of Capitol Hill.

For more on SEA Church watch this video or visit their website to donate at




Generosity: A New Practice at City View!


Generosity: A New Practice at City View!



So yesterday at our gathering we introduced a new practice for the months of April and May as part of our year of spiritual practice (The Year of The Dojo).

In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus introduces three core spiritual practices:

1. Prayer in Matthew 6:5-15 (which we practiced from January 7-Febrauary 13).
2. Fasting in Matthew 6:16-18 (which we practiced from February 14-April 7)
3. Generosity/Charity in Matthew 6:2-4 (which we are going to practice in April and May)

*** So our practice over April and May is generosity. We are encouraging our community, every single week for the next wight weeks, to give money and resource away.

Dru did an in-depth teaching on generosity and how are going to practice this together. You can listen to it below:

We encourage you to be intentional about exercising generosity. You can do this a few ways:

1. Go to and partner with some of the project both locally and globally that we love as a church.
2. Give to whatever you want! We know many in our church are connected to organizations that are doing good.
3. Many give of their resource to the ongoing weekly work of our church. If you do not participate regularly, we encourage you to join in with us! We believe that we are apart of a community that does good within our city.

Our hope is that we could practice our way into loving to be generous. Here’s a couple things to keep in mind:

1. We encourage you to practice generosity even if you feel like you don’t have a lot. The beauty of our community is we have a wide rage of economic positions. We encourage everyone, even if it is something small, to participate throughout these eight weeks.
2. We encourage you, if you have kids, to get them involved. Make a contribution together. Give them some options of what you could give towards and bring them into the conversation.

Looking forward to practicing this together!

The City View Team


Fasting Stands In Solidarity With The Poor


Fasting Stands In Solidarity With The Poor


The weeks fly by don’t they?

You are probably aware by now that our spiritual practice for Lent as a community is the discipline of fasting. We are fasting food from sundown on Wednesday to sundown on Thursday. Over these weeks we have been sharing a number of reasons why we fast as Christians. You can catch up on some of these ideas by following the links below:

The History of Israel and Fasting
Fasting Is An Act of Whole Body Worship
Fasting As A Practice Against Broken Desires
Fasting As A Response To A Grievous Moment
Fasting Creates A Greater Awareness of God

This week we are looking at something that a lot of Christians never equate with fasting: Fasting is a way that we can stand in solidarity with the poor.

Now you’re probably thinking: what does fasting have to do with the poor?

Isaiah 58 is a great snapshot in the Old Testament of the prophet Isaiah bringing correction to the community of Israel. God says through Isaiah:

3 ‘Why have we fasted,’ they say,     ‘and you have not seen it? Why have we humbled ourselves,     and you have not noticed?’

“Yet on the day of your fasting, you do as you please and exploit all your workers.
4 Your fasting ends in quarreling and strife, and in striking each other with wicked fists. You cannot fast as you do today and expect your voice to be heard on high.
5 Is this the kind of fast I have chosen, only a day for people to humble themselves? Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed and for lying in sackcloth and ashes? Is that what you call a fast, a day acceptable to the Lord?
6 “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?
7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter— when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?

It is clear as day that God’s vision for his people is that when they fast they are standing in solidarity with the poor and marginalized. Isaiah here says that proper fasting involves four specific things:

1. undoing justice
2. releasing the oppressed
3. feeding the hungry
4. providing sanctuary for the homeless

Not only does Isaiah hope that through fasting the chains of injustice would be loosed, he also understands that fasting can be converted into justice and solidarity with others. There is a sense that the best kind of fasting is one that shares food with the hungry, provides the poor with shelter, and clothes the naked (vs 7).

So how does this conversion take place?

Well, there are some, when they fast, that take the money the would normally spend on food and give it to those in need. In our case, if you are fasting breakfast and dinner for six weeks, this could average anywhere from $50-$60.

Others have entered into fasts where they are living off of what a refugee would be rationed through the UN as a way to stand with the millions of refugees around the world. There are also others who enter into grain fasts with the thought that much of the world does not have the luxuries we have in the West and primarily lives off of grains.

The point in all of this is that our fasting has purpose to it and as Jesus’ people we are continually reminded to stand with the poor. We encourage you to stand the poor as you fast and consider seeing your fast converted into good for those in need.


Fasting Creates A Greater Awareness of God


Fasting Creates A Greater Awareness of God


This is the fifth week that we are practicing the spiritual discipline of fasting together. From sundown on Wednesdays to sundown on Thursdays we are abstaining from food.

Each week we have also been sharing a reason why we fast as Christians. So far we’ve learned that Israel in the Old Testament had a history of fasting and that we fast because fasting is whole body worship, fasting is a practice against broken desires and fasting is a response to a grievous moment.

With all this mind, it’s also true that fasting creates a greater awareness of God in our lives. It is no mistake that throughout the Scripture the twin of fasting is prayer. Over and over the bible suggests that fasting and prayer are disciplines that go together. When we fast we are drawn to pray. Fasting is a sacred rhythm that is entered into to experience God in a richer way.

So, as you practice fasting be aware of God’s presence all around you. Let every hunger pain during this time be a reminder that God is good and is the one who gives life and sustains us.



Fasting As A Response To A Sacred, Grevious Moment


Fasting As A Response To A Sacred, Grevious Moment


We are in our fourth week of fasting from sundown on Wednesday evening to sundown on Thursday evening. Each week we have been sharing some reasons on why we, as people in the West who have so much food at our disposal, would give it up for periods of time.

New Testament scholar Scot McKnight has a definition of fasting that he roots in the story of Israel. He believes that fasting “is a response to some sacred, grievous moment.”

Ultimately, fasting is a response to something. For Israel, fasting often occurred in the community when something grievous happened because part of what fasting does is it brings us into the grief of God.

And here’s the thing. We do this without recognizing it at times. Think about when a close family member of friend dies. Or when there’s a significant relationship that ends. What’s the last thing we want to do? The last thing we want to do is eat.

So when we obtain from food we often grieve with God.

We’ve seen this as a church over the year. When someone is sick, or there has been tragedy, we call people to fast—to join in on that grief.

This actually happened our first week of fasting together. During our first week practicing this discipline a few things happened in our community. There was a young boy who went into surgery, as well as a couple families in the community grieving over family issues. When we fasted we were able to join them, with a strong reminder that when we fast we don’t always get stuff, but we can join in the grief of God.

So Mcknight puts it best:

“When people tell us they are fasting, we should ask, ‘In response to what?’ instead of, ‘What do you hope you will get out of it?’”


What Are We Doing For Easter?


What Are We Doing For Easter?


Hey friends! Hope your week is going great!

Easter is a really important rhythm in the life of a Christian community. More than dressing up in pastels (which is totally encouraged by the way) is the reality that as a community we are shaped by an incredible story—we are story formed people. Easter is a time where we gather around the reenactment of this great story. At moments we mourn like on Good Friday, or we sit in silence and wonder like on Holy Saturday, and then of course we celebrate resurrection like on Easter Sunday.

With this in mind, we hope you can join us during this time.

On Good Friday we are meeting at 10.30am for a one hour communion service with our brothers and sisters at Royal View Church. Royal View is located on the east side of town at 218 Clarke Rd. This morning will give us time to reflect on the cross and Jesus’ work through this.

Then on Resurrection Sunday, Sunday, April 1st, we are going to party! And yes it’s April 1st but resurrection is no joke! We are going to sing and celebrate, have people baptized on this morning and we are going to hear from a number of people in our community and their stories of how they have been brought from death to life!

Not only do I hope you can join us, I hope that you will prepare yourself for this season! Let’s journey to the cross and resurrection together.

Grace + Peace,



Fasting Against Broken Desires


Fasting Against Broken Desires


Over the last fifteen years I have been running long distances. At least four or five times a week I gear up and run the streets and trails in my neighbourhood. At first I hated it, but over time it has become a love and something I can not go without.

While I don’t run races anymore, I have run a couple marathons in the past. My first marathon was pretty treacherous. I had only put eighteen kilometers together at one time prior to the race. Just to give you a mental image of how ridiculous this is, a marathon is just over forty-four kilometers, so you can imagine my horror as my young twenty-five year old self saw people my parents and grandparents age run by me to the finish line. My legs seized up and the pain I experienced was something I had never experienced before.

I remember crossing the finish line that day and chatting with a women my mom’s age. She finished before me and shared that she had run numerous races. “You know what running these long races is all about?” she asked me. I was obviously open to some wisdom from what seemed to be the Yoda of local marathons. “Pain management” she said. "You know the pain is coming, you just have to learn how to manage it.”

I took that conversation to heart and learned some things for my future races.

One of the things I did is I began to run when the elements were less than ideal.

You know that forty degree day in the middle of summer? That day when they tell you not to go outside, but stay in, put on the AC, and drink lots of water? On that day I would gear up (much to the chagrin of my wife) and go for a thirty minute run. I would also do the same on some really cold days in the winter. I would bundle up in the freezing cold and run on our snowplowed sidewalks.

Why would someone do something so ridiculous? 

My thought was that if I could run on some of the harshest days of the year that I would, when it was time to run a race in more moderate weather in May or October, kick butt! The rough weather was something that would condition me in my training for better days.

In many ways fasting can act in the same way. When we fast it can become a discipline against broken desires. It’s no mistake that Jesus was fasting for forty days when he was tempted. One thing fasting does is it starves our flesh so that our souls can be fed. 

This is why, when I walk with people who are continually succumbing to temptation I always ask, “Are you fasting?” Fasting builds spiritual discipline in preparation for these times of temptation. Let's be honest, there is an adversary and he wants to mess us up.

With all of this in mind, think of it like this. If you and I can abstain from food in a world of excess, we can overcome temptation. 

We can.

- Dru



Fasting Is An Act of Whole Body Worship


Fasting Is An Act of Whole Body Worship


Our theme for 2018 at City View is practicing the spiritual disciplines together (The Year of The Dojo) and we are currently engaging the practice of fasting as a community. Fasting is simply refraining from food or water for a designated period of time. We have chosen to fast from sundown on Wednesday evening to sundown on Thursday evening as a church. We hope you can join us.  

What a lot of people forget is that fasting was a staple weekly practice for the early Christians and was something that was practiced for centuries by the church until recently, where it has become somewhat of a forgotten discipline.

One of things we are doing throughout these six weeks is taking time to share a number of reasons why we fast. We are asking the question: why would we, who have so much at our disposal, give up food for extended periods of time?

One of the reasons we fast is because fasting is an act of whole body worship. 

Now we don’t have a lot of time to look at the depth of Plato’s philosophy, but one thing that is unescapable is that Plato drew a sharp distinction between the body and the soul. The soul was good, while the body was perishable and temporary. The problem with this kind of dualism is that it has penetrated Western Christian thinking. Plato’s idea that the body is a prism for the soul is one that a lot of Christian’s hold. The problem with this is that the Scripture is clear that what happened to Jesus in resurrection is awaiting us in the future age (1 Corinthians 15). Quite simply, our bodies are important. We don’t have a body, we are a body.

A lot of Christians don’t see the connection between spirituality and our bodies. Like Plato, they are waiting for a day to float away and invade a disembodied state on clouds in the sky like the Philadelphia Cream Cheese lady. But God’s people in the Scripture (both Israel and the church) always did spirituality with their bodies. The Apostle Paul even had the audacity to say that our bodies are now the temple of the Holy Spirit. We worship with our bodies—they are living sacrifices.

With this idea in mind, it always makes me kind of chuckle when someone gets animated at a concert or sporting event but shows little to no expression in a worship gathering. It’s no secret that people will raise their hands to the newest Top 100 hit or jump out of their seats when their favourite team scores a goal. Why? Because we worship (and I’m not just talking about God) with our bodies. This is why the Scripture always calls us to raise our hands, kneel, shout, sing, you fill in the blank. It does this because worship has always been a full body experience. 

And this is what fasting joins in on. Fasting is one way we bring ourselves into complete expression under God (Scot McKnight's idea). When we refrain from food we are able to express to God that we not just worshipping him with our soul and our minds, but we are whole being, including our body, which is placed under his lordship and rule. We are not just brains on sticks, but humans that give our bodies to God. 

- Dru


The History of Israel and Fasting


The History of Israel and Fasting


As we fast over the next six weeks from sundown on Wednesday to sundown on Thursday we are also going to take some time and share some ideas around why we fast as Christians. If we were honest, those of us living in the Western world are not lacking in food or water. The question then is: why would we, who have so much at our disposal, give up food for extended periods of time?

In our introductory teaching on fasting we shared six reasons why we fast. There are no doubt other reasons why we fast, but we’ve chosen to hone in on these six. (You can listen to the full teaching at The plan is to unpack these six reasons over the next six weeks. This will give you a little foundation, if you are practicing with us, why you are doing what you are doing. 

Before we get into the reasons of why we fast we should probably take a minute and look at the the story of Israel and their relationship with fasting. This will give us an idea of why they practiced this and also help dissolve some of the reasons why we’ve maybe attempted to do this in the past.

So why did Israel fast?

Scot McKnight, in his excellent book on fasting, shows that Israel (in our Old Testaments) fasted around three primary things:

  1. in preparation for Yom Kippur (preparing for confession, atonement and forgiveness)
  2. as a spontaneous response to a sacred or grievous event 
  3. in response when God’s glory was dishonoured, will was thwarted and when God people experienced sickness, tragedy or death

I think the main thing we can take from Israel’s story is that they fasted in response to something. Growing up, I always thought we fasted to get something, but there seems to be a deeper reason in Israel’s story. McKnight puts it like this:

“When people tell us they are fasting, we should ask, ‘In response to what?’ instead of, ‘What do you hope you will get out of it?’” 

With all of this in mind, maybe the question for our community is: what are we responding to?  

- Dru


The Spiritual Practice of Fasting


The Spiritual Practice of Fasting


On Sunday we took some time as a community as had brunch together in preparation for the Lenten season. It was such a great morning together. The conversation and food were fantastic.  

If you don’t know, our theme for 2018 at City View is The Year of The Dojo. Our goal is to take time throughout the year and practice some spiritual disciplines together. The first six weeks of the year we practiced Fixed Hour Prayer. As a community we were learning to take specific time throughout the day to come to God in prayer. 

Today, and over the next six weeks leading into Easter, we are practicing the spiritual discipline of fasting. We agree with Phillis Tickle when she declares that “fasting is far and away the most misunderstood, maligned, and misused” spiritual discipline.

On Sunday we took time to look at the what, why and how of fasting. This introductory teaching would be really helpful if you were not apart of this gathering. You can listen here and can find more resources on this discipline at

It’s pretty simple. Fasting is simply refraining from food or water for a designated period of time. Note that there is a difference in abstaining something for Lent and fasting. Fasting always has to do with food and water.

The way we are going to practice this is we are inviting you to enter into a weekly rhythm of fasting from sundown on Wednesday evening to sundown on Thursday evening for the next six weeks. This means you can have dinner on Wednesday evening and then fast through to dinner on Thursday. If these specific days don’t work for you, that’s absolutely fine! We encourage you to pick another day throughout the week.

We believe God is going to do a great work within us over these next bunch of weeks. Hope you can join in!


The Year of The Dojo


The Year of The Dojo



The Year of the Dojo? Cheesy? Maybe. But we're hoping you won't forget it.

Our theme for 2018 at City View Church is the spiritual disciplines/practices. We are going to take the year and practice a number of Spiritual Disciplines together. Our goal is to move the church from a lecture hall to a dojo, where we practice the ways of Jesus together. 

Take a few minutes and look at the recommended resources, listen to the introduction teaching if you were not at our gathering on January 7 (this will get you caught up), and read what the plan is for this year!


There is often a misconception in the church that transformation will come to the Christian life quickly, like a zap from heaven or something. But, the more one grows as a disciple the more one understands transformation takes time.

The other problem we fact today is the idea that information on its own will lead to a transformed life. While we are not seeking less information, the teachings of Jesus make it clear that his way is to be practiced (Matthew 5:19).

Simply put. You are not a basketball player by reading a book on basketball, or even watching games regularly. You become a basketball player by practicing, getting in the gym, shooting free throws and three pointers and working on your basketball skills. 

So why do we think we will be transformed as disciples purely on the basis of having more information? For most of us our discipleship to Jesus does not have an information deficiency, there is simply a lack of practice. 

With this is mind, we have been led to practice the spiritual disciplines in 2018 together. As Mark Scandrette suggests, "Perhaps what we need is a path for discipleship that is more like a karate studio than a college lecture hall."

We hope you can join us in the dojo!


  • as a community we are going to practice a spiritual discipline every four to six weeks (ten-twelve over the year)
  • on this site you will find an introduction and other resources on how to practice the particular spiritual discipline we are engaging at that time 
  • we encourage you to practice the particular discipline throughout the month
  • when you gather in community groups we encourage you to discuss how the spiritual discipline is going and what you are learning (questions will be supplied on this site)
  • throughout the year at our Sunday gatherings we will hear stories of how people are practicing the disciplines