For the Love of Podcasts: A Few Recommendations for Spring Break

When my son Gideon was born, sleep deprivation and constant feedings put a damper on my lifelong love of reading. I found juggling a book and a baby challenging and my eyes often struggled to stay open when I did. A couple months in, my brain and my heart started to struggle. I didn’t feel

What Our Kids Actually Need

Back in the days when our home was packed tight with teenagers, many a conversation was had around our dinner table concerning “needs.” Things like the latest iPhone upgrade, parent-funded automotive repairs, a Spring Break trip to Florida with friends (also parent-funded), a shopping spree worthy of the Kardashians…you know, needs as defined by many

Songs and Scenes: March 26, 2017

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 Scott Myers.



Drought & Famine in Africa & Yemen

Pray for the more than 20 million people facing starvation in Africa and Yemen. Because of these regional food shortages, costs have doubled then tripled for our partner ministries in central Kenya.

The Crossing is sending funds for food relief to our partner ministries, especially to our partner church, New City Fellowship, and to the schools we support who feed and educate orphans and vulnerable children: Pistis School in Karen, Racefield School in Mwingi, Christ the Redeemer School in Ongata Rongai, and El Shaddai School in Mukuru.

Racefield School is in an area much more susceptible to drought. Your past assistance is making a difference even now. Funding provided by Crossing2Kenya and Crossing Kids in the past has helped Racefield School to have greater food security.

These measures include:

Getting Ready for Sunday March 26 at The Crossing

This week we take a pause on our sermon series “Risking Reality” for a sermon from Kyle Richter, who helps lead The Crossing’s college ministry, Veritas. Kyle will preach a sermon entitled, “Don’t Follow the Machine” from Mark 1:16–20. The Scripture reads, 16 As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and

We Like To Help Poor People, Right?

Homeless man with dog and sign

I’m sure that you are happy to help poor people and are willing to give generously to those in need. Personally, I’m motivated to help a certain kind of poor person more than another.

I like to help poor people who are very responsible and don’t overspend. It’s easy to help the poor person who doesn’t buy junk food and doesn’t own a flat screen television. I’m eager to help the person with financial struggles who works endless hours at a minimum wage job in order to support their family or if he doesn’t have a job fills out applications all day long. I don’t want to help poor people who have vices such as smoking or drinking. I expect that the people I help won’t have a car and walk everywhere to save bus fare, don’t make impulse purchases, and value education.

You Are Not the Boss of You

When it comes right down to it, who really is in charge of your life? Who calls the shots?

It’s become very common in modern America to answer in so many words, “I do.” We believe that no person or group should be able to tell us what we can do or say or think. And as the following video suggests, we seem to increasingly believe it’s even legitimate to define aspects of our own reality:

My aim here is not to debate who should use what bathrooms. It’s to encourage us to ask a larger question: should we trust in our own devices to direct and define our lives as we see fit?