‘Jesus, could we put this whole crucifixion thing to a vote?’

Recently, yet another congregation of Christians took a vote and decided “overwhelmingly” to agree amongst themselves to overturn centuries of orthodoxy with regard to human sin and the singular rescue plan we all freely have been offered in Jesus. Unsurprisingly, the driving issue at hand was God’s revelation as it relates to His created order,

Missionary Meet and Greet: Sun. Nov 5th

On Sun. Nov 5th, we are excited to host missionaries, Joe & Elfi Muutuki. They serve in Nairobi, Kenya, a diverse and challenging city where they share the love of Christ and seek gospel-centered racial reconciliation. Joe is senior pastor at New City Fellowship, a church with longstanding ties to The Crossing. He also leads the Kenya Advisors, the council that monitors all of our Kenya Projects. Elfi leads women’s ministry. Stop by their table in the lobby to extend a warm welcome and find out more about their work. During the 11am hour, they will be speaking and taking questions about their Racial Reconciliation work. See EntryPoint and your worship folder for location.

This post details some of the work they are doing in Nairobi:

Muutukis Visiting Soon from Nairobi

Pray for Kenya to find a way through to peaceful election of their President. They are still awaiting the new election after the one earlier this year was nullified by their Supreme Court. They are still having riots and street violence: Protests Banned After Presidential Opposition Candidate Withdraws

Sources:

  • ESI archive
  • Joe & Elfi Muutuki
  • PBS.org/newshour/

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Glorify Jesus by Accepting His Blood-Bought Forgiveness

An Open Letter to My Guilt-Ridden Friend in Christ My friend, I truly have lost count of the number of times I have heard someone say the exact same thing (almost to the very word and order) that you expressed to me last week: “I know God has forgiven me, but I just can’t forgive

‘Wish Fulfillment’ or ‘Wish Fulfilled?’

John 14:1-7 (ESV) “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come

Habitat for Humanity

­­­­­­­The Crossing routinely sends volunteer teams to build houses with Show-Me Central Habitat for Humanity. Habitat has built 146 homes for families in Columbia since 1988. Current Habitat projects can be found here. All our Crossing Habitat work Saturdays are wrapped up for this year. If you are interested in volunteering starting Spring 2018, contact Mary Boese: Boese693@gmail.com. If you would like to volunteer in a general Habitat work day this fall, contact the Habitat office: showmehabitat@yahoo.com

How Habitat works:

Muutukis Visiting Soon from Nairobi

Our missionary partners, Joe and Elfi Muutuki, will be visiting The Crossing in October. We are still working to nail down the exact timing of their visit and wanted you to watch for the upcoming announcement. Here is the profile Keith Simon wrote about their gospel work when they last visited The Crossing in 2011. Since then, Joe has completed his PhD from University of Stellenbosch’s graduate theology remote-learning program. UofS-T is located near Cape Town in South Africa.

Learning the Gospel From Joe and Elfi

Joe and Elfi Muutuki visited Columbia early this week. Joe is a native Kenyan who pastors New City Fellowship in Nairobi. He speaks several languages, has a two masters (one from Germany and one from Covenant in St. Louis), and is writing his dissertation to finish his PhD. The Crossing and KCLP have partnered with Joe and others to work in Kenya helping orphans, educating children, planting churches, and training local pastors. There is much happening as a result of our partnerships but instead of focusing on that, I’d like to share some ways that they showed me the gospel.

1. New City Fellowship is unique among Kenyan churches in that it focuses much of it’s attention on the 200,000 Asians (mostly Indians) who live in Nairobi. This Asian subculture is mostly isolated from African culture and there are lots of suspicions that each group shares about the other. Because New City is committed to share the love of Christ with cultural “outsiders”, the grace of the gospel is magnified. Africans befriending and worshiping with Asians in the name of Christ is a demonstration of the power of the gospel to triumph over cultural divisions. It shouts, “Christ is supreme not racial and cultural heritage!”

In heaven when we worship Christ with believers from every “tongue, tribe, and nation”, we will see the glory of Christ shine. Every Sunday at New City, one can get a peek into what heaven’s worship will be like.

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‘Surrounding Myself’ with Opportunities to Worship

There’s a small, triangular-shaped counter-top space in our home; its primary claim to fame is that it houses my wife’s coffee maker, but over the years it has also become a Staging Area for Stuff That Needs to Happen Now. This modest space is where we dump our key rings, so it’s become a spot