The construction of homes, advances in modern medicine, the publishing of books, the crafting of a delicious meal, the beautiful canvas masterpiece, and the skillfully composed song all scream of this reordering labeled as technology. Making man in God’s image has given humanity the intelligence to take the surplus of creation before our eyes and mold it in ways that reflect his character. The fall of man and sin has taken this joy and twisted it so the things we touch are used for both redemptive and corrupt purposes. This is where the phone comes in…Read more "Your Phone is Changing You"
This week marks 8 years that I have been on staff full time as a pastor at Crosspoint. As I reflect back over those 8 years, it feels simultaneously like a lifetime has passed and like I’m just getting started. Over those years, God has used his Spirit and his Word applied through many, many […]Read more "Eight Years In"
He has rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son he loves. In him we have redemption, the forgiveness of sin. – Colossians 1:13-14 (CSB) Wow! What wonderful gospel words! Words that are true! Words that help us know the God who has saved us! Words that […]Read more "Wow!"
I have a lot of unfinished things in my life. Things I’ve started on but haven’t completed. Or things that need attention that I haven’t gotten around to doing just yet. I have a plethora (I’ve always wanted to use that word in a blog post) of house projects to complete. I have a guitar […]Read more "Unfinished"
As the people of God, we look no different from the world when we spend our lives chasing physical provision over eternal joy.Read more "The Antidote to Your Anxiety"
1 Peter 3:8: Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.Read more "Five Phrases That Should Describe Us"
When we make the gospel out to be about salvation only, we are tempted to see it as something God is only doing for our personal good. The gospel becomes all about us and not about Jesus. This causes us to miss the essence of what makes the gospel so incredible. God is redeeming all of creation, not just you. He is calling us to join Him in the mission of spreading His reign on earth through the process of making disciples. When we limit the gospel to salvation only, we become people more focused on making decisions for Christ rather than being disciples of Christ (McKnight, 2011). There’s a big difference.Read more "The Gospel According to Jesus"
Deuteronomy 6:4–9 (NIV84) 4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. […]Read more "Disciplemaking Resources"
All of us want to do special things during the holiday season, make memories with our loved ones, and bring true meaning (back) to the center. But how? What does it look like, practically speaking? How can we fit it in? and does it even matter? Discipleship always matters. Start by putting aside regret for […]Read more "A Season of Hope"
Crosspointers – In years past, several Crosspoint students and their friends have gone to and been involved in the summer camp at Miracle Camp in Lawton, Michigan. The trips have all been organized through the parents of students who are attending. Those parents then have helped to organize such things as transportation to and from […]Read more "Miracle Camp – Summer 2015"