Jesus is full of surprises. Just when you think you've got him pegged, he pulls an audible and you're left asking, "Whaaaat?" When Jesus toured Galilee, early in his ministry, he performed miracles and taught about the kingdom. He also stared down the Pharisees and called people to follow him. His reputation grew and soon … Continue reading Monday Rewind: You’ve Gotta Go
How should followers of Jesus respond to those who disagree with or mistreat them? In Luke 6, Jesus unfolds a radical alternative to opposition and hatred. As members in his new kingdom community - a kingdom where heaven is breaking through on earth - they are to have radically different values than the world empire. … Continue reading Monday Rewind: Radical Love
In every marriage, conflict is inevitable. Even Solomon and Shulamith, those twitterpated lovebirds, had their differences. You read about this in Song of Songs 5:2-8. Solomon arrives home sometime past midnight. He comes knocking on the door of Shulamith's room, hoping for a little bit of "something-something." But she's in bed. The makeup is off, … Continue reading Monday Rewind: Messy Love
Before our wedding, my wife (Karen) and I made the wise decision of getting premarital counselling. Our counsellor made a statement that I will never forget: “Foreplay begins in the kitchen.” Before you let your imagination run wild, let me explain what she meant. Her point was simple - as you go about your day, how you treat each … Continue reading Monday Rewind: Before the Bedroom
This Sunday, Crosspoint launches a new teaching series called Love Story. We'll be diving into the Song of Songs and exploring a number of its themes including attraction, courtship, marriage, intimacy, and conflict. Some might wonder...Why are we doing this series? I'm aiming to answer this question. But first, let me talk about the subject … Continue reading A Love Story?
People join a small church for different reasons. Sometimes their reasons can lead to disappointment because they're just unobtainable. I'd like to dissect three common myths about the small church. Myth 1: If I go to a small church then I can actually get to know everybody. Unless you have a photographic memory and don't … Continue reading Three Small Church Myths
There are two general postures a church can take in its local community - either "withness" or "themness". The "themness" posture says, "WE are here to help THEM. We are here to help THEM because without US, they would be in big trouble." Sometimes churches get very excited about changing, fixing or serving the world. … Continue reading Withness
It's a work of apostolic genius and I just have to tell you about it. It's our Portable Party Pack (PPP). Over a year ago our Glocal Team (global + local = glocal) asked a really great question: "What can we do to equip and encourage our Crosspointers to incarnate the gospel in their neighbourhoods?" … Continue reading It’s a Portable Party