Portraits of Grace is a snapshot into the lives of the people at King’s Cross Church. As “kingdom minded, kingdom people,” we recognize God’s work in every detail of our lives. We invite you to meet the people of our church.

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I once read somewhere that circumstances don’t cause sin in your life, they only reveal. New York City was something of a rude awakening for me in that sense — I found that living in this city unearthed a whole lot of nastiness in my heart that never saw the light of day in suburbia and the relative comfort of the Midwest/South. Frustration became a constant, unwelcome companion: no matter how hard I tried to stay positive and maintain a healthy perspective, it seemed that I was perpetually at my wits’ end, wondering why life had to be so unnecessarily difficult and nonsensical here when it was so much easier everywhere else I have ever lived.

In a meeting with our friend Pastor Macky, I griped about my frustrations with New York, and I remember him listening patiently and then thoughtfully musing, “Perhaps your expectations for this life are too high.” I was at once stunned and humbled — and made aware of what an idol I had made of comfort.

As we wrap up our time in New York, I leave with a sobering realization that I am so incredibly weak and in desperate need of my Savior at every moment…even to do the most mundane of tasks like driving around in search of the ever-so-elusive legal parking space. “The gospel is this: We are more sinful and flawed in ourselves than we ever dared believe, yet at the very same time we are more loved and accepted in Jesus Christ than we ever dared hope.” – Timothy Keller. I am grateful to our King’s Cross family for helping me to reorient my heart and remember the only true Source of hope in this life — and beyond.