If anyone knew, without a doubt, that the Spirit of God was willing to meet with him or her at a specific time and place, I have to think that most Christians would probably make a priority of at least showing up…out of curiosity, if nothing else. It seems unlikely that the Spirit would issue
For the past five years, The Crossing’s college ministry, Veritas, has partnered with Mission To the World’s church planting team in Nagoya, Japan. Each summer, Project Japan takes a group of Veritas college interns to Nagoya to help run the college ministry at Nisshin Christ Church (NCC) for the months of June and July. Here’s a video overview from Project Japan 2015.
This guest post about Project Japan 2016 is contributed by Alex Gray, a Veritas staff member, former NCC full-year mission intern, and leader for Project Japan 2016. Please consider financially supporting Project Japan 2016 (Place donation amount under Project Japan.)
Project Japan 2016: June 1st-July 27th
This week Dave Cover preaches from John 14:1–5, 26–27 in a sermon entitled, “Forever Home.” The Scripture reads,
1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God[a]; believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.”
5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
Everyone is busy. How do I know? Well just ask people and they’ll tell you.
“How are you doing?” “I’m busy.”
“Want to serve in church this summer?” “I wish I could but it’s going to be a busy summer for our family.”
“Why do you seem so stressed?” “I’m too busy and don’t have any time for myself.”
If you hear yourself in the above interactions, you might be interested in Laura Vanderkam’s article, The Busy Person’s Lies, in this past Sunday’s New York Times. Vanderkam recently had another child giving her and her husband 4 kids under 8 years old. That same year she wrote a book and complicating life even more, she and her husband both have jobs that require travel. So during what might be the busiest year of her life she tracked her days in half hour blocks. (365 days x 48 half hour blocks in each day = 17,520 half hour blocks in a year).
A few days before we left for the Smoky Mountains last summer for vacation, I was feeling pretty good. I had packed the swimming stuff, planned car snacks, and even organized someone to get our newspaper. But then I realized what shouldn’t have been a surprise: we were driving fourteen hours with four kids in one mini-van.
Mild panic started to sink in. The A to Z billboard game will only satisfy for so long. We needed more entertainment to get us through this trip. After a quick call to my mom, I ordered the audiobook Wonder by R. J. Palacio, which she claimed was great for elementary age kids.
This book had our family hooked as we drove down I-24. Whenever we had to pause the book, our kids would repeatedly ask us to please turn it back on. They even limited their “How much longer?” questions to maybe once per hour.
It wasn’t entertainment for just the kids either. My husband and I were hooked too. There was one moment where I couldn’t tell if my husband was crying or laughing as we listened. He responded, “I’m not sure, maybe both!” I have ended up recommending it to many friends, even choosing it for my adult book club.
Why would a church become a major sponsor of a documentary film festival?
An excellent write-up by Alissa Wilkinson in this month’s issue of Christianity Today helps to demonstrate a few of the important reasons why The Crossing has been happy to partner with the True/False Film Fest for the last several years.
For those not familiar, True/False screens many of the best documentary films from all around the world each year. Not only has the Fest become a highlight of Columbia’s cultural calendar, but it’s also earned a great reputation in the larger film community in the process. Wilkinson, one of CT’s primary film critics, attended this year’s Fest and sat down for a joint interview with The Crossing’s Dave Cover and True/False co-director David Wilson.
The entire article (which also details significant Christian engagement at the Sundance Film Festival) is worth a read, but one quote in particular stuck out to me:
Songs and Scenes is a weekly blog review of songs, readings and prayers featured in The Crossing’s Sunday morning liturgy. We’ve included a link to a Spotify playlist of Sunday’s songs (when available) so you can enjoy listening to them throughout your week. This week’s liturgy recap features photos by Andrew Herndon