Who Grows the Garden?

Having just put my garden to bed (pun intended) for the winter, Paul’s instruction to the church at Corinth nearly jumps off the page. “You are God’s field, God’s building.” By means of agriculture and architecture, Paul portrays our status before God and our calling from God. We plant or water or cultivate, but God […]

ABIDING

My father died seven years ago, my mother, two years later. Like you, I’ve “lost” other friends and family. Grieving and alone, we comfort ourselves with, “They’re still with us in spirit.” How do you abide with or stay close to someone who’s gone? Death is final. We’re left alone. One death was different. Washing […]

Tents, Friends, and Ministry

Upon entering Corinth, Paul sensed God’s Spirit urging him to latch on to Aquila and his wife Priscilla. For a year and a half, as they sewed tents and leather together, Paul mentored them even as they encouraged Paul. A harsh, threatening city, Corinth pummeled believers. To “korinthianize” meant to live an immoral life. The […]

Farewell to an Old Friend

Grace University has existed to develop servant leaders for the home, the church, and the world. The Apostle Paul’s words hoisted above Old Main years ago declared Grace’s higher purpose even more succinctly: “To the Praise of His Glory.” Since its founding in 1960, Crosspoint Bible Church has embraced and befriended Grace. But Grace will […]

Welcome To The BOE MINUTE

Our Crosspoint Board of Elders recently spent a few days in prayer and planning for the coming church year. Following are a few brief points to provide a glimpse of our work. Thank you for praying for our leadership and pastoral staff. 1.  2017-18 Preliminary Budget We considered and passed our 2017-18 budget for Crosspoint […]

Power of a Changed Life

If Jesus came to town, what crazy stunt would you pull to steal a glimpse of him? Would you camp at 10th and Dodge for a week, waiting expectantly for his limousine (or donkey) from Eppley? Roll out your sleeping bag at City Hall (surely, he’ll visit City Hall)? Climb a tree along Abbott Drive? […]

BIBLE CHALLENGE:

You gotta love that Nicodemus, coming to Jesus under cover of night, cautious, curious, empty, searching, perhaps a little bit expectant. Jesus was gentle. After all, this Nic at night still communicated on a mere human level. But Jesus was firm. “You’re Israel’s teacher, Nic. Get with it. Move on from mere human thinking and […]

BIBLE CHALLENGE

When Jesus meets a Roman Centurion, their conversation defies my expectation. Not the typical Roman soldier, humility, sensitivity, sympathy, and a servant attitude capture this man’s character. As his valued servant faces death, he reaches out to Jesus. Arguing from lesser to greater, this Roman leader compares his own finite authority with that of Jesus. […]

BIBLE CHALLENGE

The Pharisee, struggling to entertain Jesus, grumbles. The Prostitute, struggling to honor Jesus, weeps. In that scene, within that story, pregnant with drama and tension, Jesus tells a ridiculous story about various levels of forgiveness and various levels of gratitude. Have you experienced forgiveness? Does your life demonstrate gratitude? Don’t miss this powerful story this […]

NONE LIKE HIM

“God is self-existent, self-sufficient, eternal, immutable, omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent, sovereign, infinite, and incomprehensible. We’re not. And that’s a good thing. Our limitations are by design. We were never meant to be God. But at the root of every sin is our rebellious desire to possess attributes that belong to God alone. Calling us to embrace […]