"Godly Wisdom" by Dusty Johnson

Listen along as Pastor Dusty begins a new teaching series titled WISDOM | Lessons from the Book of James. This message focuses on the text Jame 1:1-12 and seeks to explore and better understand the difference between Godly Wisdom and Worldly Wisdom.

This message concludes with an emotional and inspiring video clip straight from this week’s headlines and the playing of the song “Higher Love” recorded by James Vincent McMorrow.

"Salty and Bright | EQ and Communication" by John Rice

Listen along as Pastor John follows up last week’s message with this further exploration of how we can be salt and light (Matthew 5) in our influence and relationships. John explains the importance of emotional intelligence (EQ) as it relates to being a learning, growing, maturing Christ-follower and shares a TEDx video clip by Poet Ali that is sure to inspire and challenge all as it relates to communication.

"Eyes of Compassion" by Mike and Britni D'Eliso

Listen along to this husband and wife tag-team message that invites us to explore the topic of compassion. As part the ongoing series entitled Adventures in the Spirit-Filled Life, Mike and Britni invite and challenge us to raise our awareness to the heart of Jesus that is not a flowery compassion, but a gritty compassion that draw our attention to the darker corners of the earth.

“Compassion asks us to go where it hurts, to enter into the places of pain, to share in brokenness, fear, confusion, and anguish. Compassion challenges us to cry out with those in misery, to mourn with those who are lonely, to weep with those in tears. Compassion requires us to be weak with the weak, vulnerable with the vulnerable, and powerless with the powerless. Compassion means full immersion in the condition of being human.” - Henri Nouwen

Matthew 9:35-38 New International Version (NIV) The Workers Are Few
35 Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

Big Table Sunday Interviews | June 2019

Listen along to the following interviews as part of our June Big Table Sunday line up:

  • Mark Reinertson (interviewed by John Rice)

  • Jessy D’Eliso (interviewed by Margaret Fairchild)

  • Joe and Kaitlyn Tepe (interviewed by Dusty Johnson)

Mark Reinertson
A true Eugene native, Mark actually still lives in the house where he was born and raised. Mark is a life-long learner with a strong work ethic, only surpassed by his desire to help people in need. He worked many years delivering oxygen and medical equipment to people with whom he became very close. He more recently opened a coffee/espresso/pastry cart at the Goshen exit off I-5. Mark is married to Rose and they have three adult children.

Jessy D’Eliso
Jessy was raised most of her life in Portland Oregon. She grew up playing softball which led her to Humboldt to play in college. After moving to Eugene in 2013 she went through the baking program at LCC and is now working at The Market of Choice. Jessy’s mother (Debbie Shinkle) and brother (Pastor Mike D’Eliso) also attend CitySalt.

Joe and Kaitlyn Tepe - Collegiate Christian Fellowship
Joe was born and raised in the Bay Area. Kaitlyn is a Eugene native.  Joe enjoys the scientific intricacies of coffee, while Kaitlyn graciously tries Joe’s "coffee experiments".  Joe served as FBC’s college pastor for 6 years. Kaitlyn serves as an executive for Cascade Health and was recently recognized as one of Eugene’s "20 Under 40 Rising Business Stars".  They have been married for 7 years and enjoy creating memories together like date nights and traveling internationally.

"The Finish Line" by John Rice

Listen along as Pastor John encourages, challenges and inspires us with this message about heaven. He talks about afterlife, eternity and the Kingdom of Heaven from a biblical perspective, yet respects a sense of mystery for all that is unknown.

This message continues a conversation about salvation that includes three aspects define our journey of faith in Christ as The Moment, The Work and The Finish Line. The following statements were shared summarizing what we see in the scriptures regarding heaven.

  • The Kingdom of Heaven is eternal.

  • The Kingdom of Heaven is near.

  • The Kingdom of Heaven is a place where healing takes place.

  • We will be surprised who will be in heaven.

  • We’d do well to make the kingdom our top priority.

  • The Kingdom of Heaven is qualitatively different (and better) than the earth we now live in.

  • Something about little children reflects the Kingdom.

  • The Kingdom of Heaven has a different kind of physicality than earth does.

  • The Kingdom of Heaven is about love for God, others and ourselves.

BTS Interviews | May 2019

As part of our Big Table Sunday interview tradition, listen along as we hear from the following individuals:

Maddie Young | Interviewed by Britni D’Eliso

Maddie currently works as a Kid’s Ministry Assistant here at CitySalt and is a senior at Churchill High School. She is passionate about acting, soccer and working with kids and is a student athlete graduating with all honors. This fall, Maddie plans to attend Honors College at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, where she will play on the women’s soccer team. She plans to pursue a degree in Pediatric Physical Therapy. Maddie would specifically like to thank the Fairchilds, the Children’s Ministry Team, and CitySalt for being so welcoming, open and supportive to her.

Bill Fairchild | Interviewed by John Rice

Bill is a man of many interests and many talents. Born and raised here in Eugene, Bill had a unique childhood which impacted him greatly and consequently led to a powerful “coming to Jesus” moment in his life. Bill is a lifelong learner, full of curiosity with a love of researching and pondering new ideas. He is never lacking an interesting conversation rising out of his latest discoveries. Bill is married to Margaret and they have two children, Liz Lemmon and Wills, with whom Bill spends ample time, camping and recreating out in Oregon’s amazing natural playgrounds.  

Mollie McAmis | Interviewed by Dusty Johnson

Mollie was born with a twin brother into a loving Christian family in Springfield. She came to trust in Christ at the age of three and grew up in Roseburg attending a Christian elementary school and Sunday school at church regularly. When her parents divorced in middle school, she moved to Lake Oswego with her mom and was very active in a youth group and mission trips. After exploring her interest in youth ministry, she later discovered her passion for nursing. She received her degree from Umpqua Community College and is currently a wound care nurse for Avamere in Eugene. Mollie is grateful to have the loving community of CitySalt and is currently is in the process of purchasing her first home in the River Road area at the end of May.

"Salvation In All Stages" by Dusty Johnson

Listen along as Pastor Dusty shares a message that seeks to highlight the work of God through a variety of seasons and stages in the journey of faith. The six stages discussed are from the book, The Critical Journey by Hagberg and Guelich. Not often talked about in many evangelical traditions, this message provides a vision for navigating important stages of development as we grow and mature in our discipleship journey.

If you are interested in receiving a summary of The Critical Journey by Richard J. Vincent, simply email a request to dusty@citysalt.org.

"The Wake of Salvation" by Mike D'Eliso

Listen along as Pastor Mike shares this message about the working out of our salvation as we follow and are tethered to Christ. As he draws upon the analogy of water skiing, Mike encourages and challenges how we view our life of discipleship as we grow and mature in our relationship with God, others and ourselves.

Philippians 2:13-14 NRSV
Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed me, not only in my presence, but much more now in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

"The Ripening of Salvation" by John Rice

Listen along as Pastor John addresses a familiar, yet often confusing topic relating to salvation. This message explores a deeper meaning and application of salvation that can be viewed as 1) Moments/Decisions, 2) The Work/Ongoing Process and 3) The Finish Line/Eternity. May this message bring greater clarity and invitation to trust the abiding work of the Holy Spirit through all phases and aspects of our desire to journey with God.

"Love Pursues" by Dusty Johnson

Listen along as Pastor Dusty shares this message surrounding the failure and restoration of one of Jesus’ closest disciples. In Mark 14:26-72 we see Jesus predict a weak moment for Peter. As Jesus is arrested and undergoing a trial, Peter ultimately does the “one thing he said he would never do” by denying that he ever knew Jesus. After his resurrection in John 21, Jesus pursues Peter by serving him a fireside breakfast conversation on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. Jesus clearly communicates love, acceptance and forgiveness in the face of Peter’s worst moment of failure and shame.

March Big Table Sunday | Devotional Readings, Worship and Communion

Listen along as our congregation celebrated March Big Table Sunday a bit different than usual. Rather than interviews and sharing, we took the whole service to linger in the presence of the Lord and worshipped God through scriptural devotional readings, congregational prayers, singing and taking communion together.

The three devotional thoughts read as part of the service were written by Walter Wangerin Jr. from his book Reliving the Passion: Meditations on the Suffering, Death, and the Resurrection of Jesus as Recorded in Mark.

"Love Knows" by John Rice

Listen along as Pastor John shares this message from Mark 14:12-25 around the story of the Last Supper. This is the second message in a series called JESUS | Love Breaks Through, and explores the story of Jesus predicting the betrayal of Judas, setting up the eventual arrest and death of Jesus.

Note: The following video clip was played from the movie Son of God by 20th Century Fox as part of the message and discussion.