Live a Bigger Life: Top 5 Curated Resources (August 2019)

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With all the resources at our fingertips to help us grow in and live the bigger life Jesus offers, it can sometimes be overwhelming to know where to start and what sources to trust. That’s why we’re curating five great resources each month for you–from books to podcasts to videos and more–that have been helpful to our staff team.

We hope this month’s edition of “Live a Bigger Life” inspires you to take one more step down the path of living in God’s bigger and better story.

August 2019 Contributions:

Content: Orphan Justice: How to Care for Orphans Beyond Adopting by Johnny Carr (book)

Description: This book recommended to me when I first began serving at the Crossing. I was looking for a good starting point to learn about the foster care community and different ways the Church could be serving them. I think there’s a general misconception about fostering children in your home being the only way to love on and care for this community. For me I was so encouraged to find that Carr talked about many different ways families can get involved. This book describes how the Church can use the gifts God’s given them to wrap around and support children who need and deserve a village.

Contributor: Angela Jasper, Agape Director


Content: Knowing Faith: Can Kids Be Theologians? (podcast)

Description: This episode makes the case for why children aren’t just the church of tomorrow, but the church of today. It helps both parents and those who work with kids develop a more robust understanding of what children are capable of understanding and offers practical tips for how we might go about this.

Contributor: Emily Pilkington, Crossing Kids Team


Content: The Drama of Scripture: Finding Our Place In The Biblical Story by Craig G. Bartholomew (book)

Description: Not only does this book help explain the entire Biblical Story in a clear and compelling way, but it also helps us understand how we can play a part and make a difference in this Story today. Simply put, this book is a must read for anyone who is eager to follow Jesus.

Contributor: Austin Conner, Pastor and Veritas Co-Director


Content: Called to Create by Jordan Raynor (book)

Description: This book helped me to remember that my creative and entrepreneural spirit is a way to reflect God’s love and character to the world. It encouraged me to keep creating, not to make a name for myself, but to glorify God and serve others.

Contributor: Rachel Schisler, (Former) Video Storyteller


Content: Loving God: The Cost of Being a Christian (book)

Description: Interwoven with stories from his own life and other stories, Colson confronted me with a picture of what loving God actually looks like. It’s far too easy for me to verbalize a love for God when I need to ask what my life shows. Also, Colson highlights a ministry down in Jefferson City.

Contributor: Ryan Wampler, Small Groups Pastor

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