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On Individual and Institutional Racism

Dear King’s Cross, I, along with our session and pastors, wanted to help put some theological clarity as to what and why we feel convicted to denounce certain evils and injustices that we see in our present day and land. I hope that in reading this, it will hopefully give clarity where there might have been ambiguity, and reason where there has been a sense of skepticism. RACISMIn 2004, our denomination, the Presbyterian Church in America was just starting to come to grips with ways we had…


Practical Ways To Give

We've talked a bit about giving in our sermon series the past few weeks, so you might be wondering, "ok--so how can I practice and grow in giving?" The Old Testament will tell you that God had the Israelites consider giving their time and wealth to two general categories: Spiritual Flourishing, (through giving to the Levite priests,) and  Physical Flourshing, (through giving to the sojourner, widow, and the orphan.) God is…


The Discipleship Path

Am I supposed to be growing in my faith?What does it look like to grow?How do I know if this is what the Christian life is supposed to be, or if I'm just following the "christian trend" of my times? Scripture makes it clear that the gospel is not something we receive at a singular point in time. Rather, it’s a lifestyle of repentance and faith, a life of following Jesus, a life of growing in grace. For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith virtue; and to virtue,…


New Vision and Core Values

I'm very excited to share our new vision and core values with you, for King's Cross Church. We felt the need to revamp and refocus our vision, after our initial first 5 years as a church plant, having now been established as a particular church in our Presbytery.  My hope and prayer is that this vision statement and core values will serve our church in the specific and unique calling God has placed upon our growing church, here in Flushing. During our leaders' retreat, we mapped out…


The Church: Gathered and Scattered

We believe God has planted King's Cross Church in Flushing to be a witness and community of Kingdom Minded, Kingdom People in this city, for this city.  As we approach summer, I want to invite you to review or for some, explain, our vision of where we are moving as a church this year. I shared at our last town hall meeting how our Congregational Retreat will be vitally important for us to grow in our understanding of how God has and is gathering and scattering us as a…


Ruth: Background and Introduction

Dear King's Cross, This past Easter Sunday we saw Jesus open scripture and claim that all of it points to him. In other words, if we truly want to know God and have a relationship that brings life abundant--we need to find him throughout the whole of scripture.  We'd like to invite you to go through a short series in Ruth with us, and see God working and revealing himself throughout each passage in this beloved story of friendship, courage, romance and……


Dust to Dust, Ashes to Ashes

As of now, King's Cross does not follow the liturgical calendar too strictly. However, both Norman and I wanted to share a few thoughts on this day that many will be observing around the world. Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent, which is the solemn preparation for the church to move toward the reflection and consideration of Jesus Christ’s passion—especially his crucifixion and then, subsequent resurrection. The significance of the ash on the forehead, which many…


2017 Elected Leader Nominations

Dear King’s Cross, This has been an incredible season of seeing God’s provision and faithfulness to us a church. We are growing, as is our commitment and vision to the Kingdom here in our neighborhood and city. However, we need to recognize the great importance and role of leadership in the church. In Ephesians 4, the apostle Paul reminds the Church: “And he [God] gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for…