April, 2016

2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007
Jan. | Feb. | Mar. | Apr. | May | Jun. | Jul. | Aug. |
Sep. | Oct. | Nov. | Dec. |

Monthly Archives: April 2016

Mission Spotlight: Columbia KLIFE


Columbia KLIFE is a local ministry partner of The Crossing that receives monthly support and has been well connected to the church for many years.

Upcoming Events:
Columbia KLIFE is hosting a Dessert Night Sunday, May 1st from 3:30-5:00, and their annual Golf Tournament is Monday, June 6th. You can also to DONATE to KLIFE HERE. For more info about these events contact Chapter Director, Brandon Briscoe: [email protected] .

Ministry Overview:

KLIFE works alongside churches and families in the Columbia community to teach and encourage kids (4th-12th grade) to be strong in the Lord in spite of all the negative pressures they face as teenagers. KLIFE networks kids from different churches, and those without a church affiliation, to build positive, Godly relationships that can withstand the negative peer pressure so prevalent in today’s youth culture.

Getting Ready for Sunday May 1st at The Crossing


This week Keith Simon preaches from John 13:1–17 in a sermon entitled, “The Happiness of a Squandered Life.” The Scripture reads,

The Art of Neighboring

Today’s post is a guest post from Elizabeth McKinney – someone who “neighbors” well.

A year after settling into our new home, we had the idea to have a little, informal block party and just invite the neighbors around us that we knew – about 15-20 people. One of the neighbors had several fryers, so we did a potluck fish fry and had fish tacos. There were a few kids who played on someone’s swing-set and later, we did a fire pit for the adults after our kids went down. At the time, I had no grandiose visions of what God could do with that small step; I just thought it would be fun to get some neighbors together.blockparty

Four years later, I’m amazed at the community that has grown in our little village of ~200 homes. We now have a Facebook group, a Neighborhood Watch, ongoing Poker Nights, Running Groups, a Wine Club and tons of fun annual events: an Easter Egg Hunt, Neighborhood Clean Up Columbia, an Arbor Day Event, the Block Party, 4th of July Bike Parade, a Drive-In Movie, Tailgates, a Christmas Party with Santa (along with Christmas lights competition) and welcome baskets for people when they move in. It’s kind of blowing my mind. This year, we did a huge Halloween extravaganza where kids picked up treasure maps at our Clubhouse and followed them around to 12 different stations including: hot chocolate, s’mores, cider, a Haunted Garage, Hayrides, movies & popcorn. We encouraged neighbors to stay outside, get a fire pit if they didn’t already have one and organized people as station teams with the few houses around them or on their cul-de-sac. Not only was the night exceedingly fun for all the kids and adults, it was a huge community builder!

Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World

41X60GfIrIL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_We moved to a new school last August. My 3rd grader in particular has a hard time with change, so Nathan and I were nervous for him. Overall he did very well with the transition. However, one of the new parenting challenges that reared its head at that time was an intense “I need to fit in” complex. “Mom, all the kids wear brand named athletic clothes! I need Nike and UA shirts and shorts!” Of course I didn’t want my son to feel out of place at his new school, but was giving into his persistent requests for more what was best for him?

As parents we love to give our kids good gifts. And, I think this desire reflects our Father in heaven who also loves to give good gifts to his children. But, maybe you have noticed like we have that oftentimes the more we give our kids, the more insatiable their appetite for more becomes. More toys. More sports. More treats. More time on the Wii. And a curious thing happens at least in my house. More stuff does not equal more grateful attitudes. It often breeds discontentment and entitlement instead of a heart overflowing with thankfulness.

Honduras Team: Update

DSC_6670Members of The Crossing traveled over Spring Break with the Honduras Team. This update shares photos and thoughts from team members. There will be a more extended Team Reflection time this Sunday, April 24th,  at 11am in Room 315 (Student Center.) Drop by during 3rd Service to see photos and hear team stories.

Getting Ready for Sunday April 24th at The Crossing


Keith Simon picks up our series in the Gospel of John this week with a sermon entitled, “Approval Addicts” from John 12:42–43; 5:44. The Scriptures read,

12:42 Yet at the same time many even among the leaders believed in him. But because of the Pharisees they would not openly acknowledge their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue; 43 for they loved human praise more than praise from God.

5:44 How can you believe since you accept glory from one another but do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?

Screwing Up and Showing Kids What God is Like

In the Women’s Bible Study class I lead we discussed an icebreaker question yesterday, “Tell us about an authority figure who has influenced you.” One of the women shared about her dad, that he had shown her what kindness and gentleness look like, while at the same time being fair. She remarked that it had helped shape her view of God.

There is a powerful connection between how we relate to our parents and how we relate to God. It’s why “Honor your mother and father” is important enough to make the Ten Commandments (Exod 20:12): if we learn to relate well to the immediate authority figures in our lives, then it will shape well how we relate to the ultimate authority.

But it’s also true that part of who we think God is comes from who our parents have been. That may be what Paul is getting at when he prays to the Father, “from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name” (Eph 3:15). Because parents derive their position from the heavenly Father, we learn about the original from the copy. The character of our parents shapes what we see as God’s character.

As this idea flashed through my head yesterday, my heart sank. Because I’m aware of how much I screw up as a parent. It’s hard enough to think that I’m letting my kids down when I lose my temper, or act selfishly, but to realize that when I do that, I’m also shaping how they see God? That responsibility can feel crushing.

Crossing Explainer: Redemption

This past weekend at The Crossing, someone stopped me before the class I was about to teach and said something to this effect: “Atonement. Redemption. I’ve heard these words a lot. But what do they mean?”

I’m glad he asked the question, because I’m convinced that this is a common experience in Christian contexts. We come across the words often enough, maybe in a worship service or a small group study, or even reading the Bible on our own. And we know they’re important. But we’re just not always sure what they mean.

In fact, this is to be expected. Almost any organization or particular field of study contains specialized language. And that language allows us to convey important concepts in a quick and concise manner. That is, as long as we know what that language means. If we don’t, understanding and appreciating what’s being communicated can be much more difficult.

Enter the Crossing Explainer: a short blog post defining a key term associated with the Christian faith. For the inaugural post, let’s look at one of the terms mentioned above: redemption. (And even if you think you’re familiar with the term, you may find it richer than you realized.)

Cultivating a Healthy Suspicion of Self

This past week has been a “spiritually invigorating” roller coaster ride for me. Not one, but two very prominent evangelical Christians were fired from their positions of leadership for willful and/or prolonged sinful conduct. In both cases, the sins of these men had been fairly and thoroughly investigated and gracious opportunities to repent had been

Mission Spotlight: International Community Church



ICC logoInternational Community Church (ICC) receives mission support from The Crossing. Bill Younker serves as the pastor at ICC which meets in the Hillel Jewish Student Center near the University Ave parking garage. ICC is a congregation of mid-Missourians that reaches out to International students, visiting scholars, and their families on the MU campus. ICC’s congregation includes Internationals who came to Columbia as grad students and now make Columbia their permanent home.

International students and visiting scholars are often at MU for a number of years accompanied by spouses and children (and sometimes extended family members.) They must set up house, learn (or improve) English skills, get their kids educated, and learn a new culture–all while one family member is very busy researching, teaching or starting grad school at MU.