22 Dec

7 Things We Uniquely Learn Through Waiting | David Robbins

Advent /‘ad, vent/ noun.  The arrival of something long awaited for. A time of expectant waiting and preparation. Waiting to find out if you got the job. Waiting to see if you are approved for the apartment. Waiting on a spouse after another heartbreak. Waiting to see if you got into the grad school you really want. Waiting to see if you rocked that audition...

15 Dec

His Dwelling Among Us- Carrie Louer

  Tonight I channeled my junior-high-self. I played the role of a baby sitter. I have often grieved the reality of not having my own children and I try to be intentional in getting my “baby fixes.”   The world had the privilege of being introduced to Olivia eight months ago. Tonight she nestled in the crook of my left elbow. She consoled the absence...

09 Dec

Reading the Story Anew | Suzy Silk

Every year as December begins, I love to re-read the various Christmas and Hanukkah passages in the Bible. I find that reading not only the Christmas story, but also the numerous Messianic prophecies regarding Jesus, helps to point my heart toward Him and anticipate anew his "arrival." As I've grown in my faith and knowledge of the Jewish holidays, I've also learned to appreciate Hanukkah...

02 Dec

The Us in Ferguson | Destinee McGinnis

I hit an emotional wall last Monday night. The one we hit when we attend a loved one's funeral or witness the birth of a child. My capacity, as dust of the earth, has become all so real, for I cannot comprehend the how, why, when, or what regarding the incidents in Ferguson. I reached the point in which I am reminded that I was...

26 Nov

The Dreams God Placed in Our Hearts | Daniel Du

In New York, I’ve met so many people who have great vision for their lives and who are here for big things. People here want to make it on Broadway or produce their own feature films; people here want to change the world. I definitely want to be a part of something big. It’s what is so enticing about being in this city. Yet as a...

18 Nov

A Better Story | Sarah Twardock

When I was a junior in college, my Bible study leader provided me with a neon-green printout that mapped out a plan for reading the Bible in a year.  “Perfect,” I remember thinking to myself, for I believed that this plan would kick my lackluster/essentially non-existent Scripture reading habits into high gear and transform me into a significantly more knowledgeable and well-versed Christian.   I...

11 Nov

Hate to Wait | Jessica Gravelle

Do you hate to wait? I know I do. It’s hard to wait and very easy to lose patience in the process. I tend to get impatient when waiting for trivial things like my order at Starbucks or a delayed subway train. But I also struggle with waiting for more significant things like the job promotion I feel I deserve or for depth and intimacy...

27 Oct

Just Because You Don’t See It, Doesn’t Mean It Isn’t There | Meg Robbins

I would like to put out a public apology to anyone who has been in our bathroom in the last week. I went to clean the toilet yesterday…looked pretty decent at first glance, the bowl looked pretty good in there (big sigh of relief!). Just the beginnings of a ring. Not too bad yet. So I lifted the seat to clean that rim, you know...

21 Oct

Rotten Bones | Sarah Jane Shanks

A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.  –Proverbs 14:30   I didn’t even realize I had bone-rot until recently.  I was getting along just fine, but I didn’t see what was happening in my bones.  Through my current Bible study, I’ve been forced to admit my jealousy and its effects on my life.  The Word is a “two-edged...

14 Oct

Enjoy your obscurity, fame will most likely ruin your life | Josh Irby

Josh is a writer who lives in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina with his wife and four children. For more than a decade he has worked with university students, helping them tell better stories with their lives.  -- For about a decade, I was in a band. I played guitar, wrote music, and performed shows. My band mates were talented and creative—my wife was one of them. We...

07 Oct

Thriving in Hardship | Destinee Rea McGinnis

I am obsessed with the word Thrive. I think it is one of the most vibrant and active verbs in the dictionary. Add it as a hash tag beneath a picture of the bustle of Wall Street or you and your friends eating brunch in Brooklyn and you give this incredible backstory of a carefree life, full of favor and excitement. But imagine this: Imagine...

30 Sep

Why Can’t We All Just Get Along? 4 Steps to Resolving Conflict

Enjoy this great read from The Porch in Dallas – a millennial ministry partner of Cru. You can visit their website at -- The key to being happy in life is the state of your relationships. That includes your relationship with God, first and foremost, but also your relationships with friends, family, and co-workers. Think about it: money won’t make you happy if you have...

22 Sep

The Society of Spectacle | David Robbins

What happens in New York City reverberates around the world. It’s not new news to anyone that it is a place that shapes culture. It’s why I believe deeply that millennials here can be a generation that turns the world upside down. At the same time, it’s also a place where the cultural currents are so strong, the culture shapes you. Well, at least that’s...

16 Sep

Facing the Ugliness Inside Me | Daniel Du

My one year mark of being in the city is coming up and as I reflect on this past year, I see how I show typical New York symptoms: I’m watching my fashion sense slowly improve, seeing myself walk faster and faster, and I’m building up tunnel vision to the chaos that bombards me daily. While my first year on the one hand was definitely...

09 Sep

Stepping out in Faith | Suzy Silk

I couldn't help but smile as I snapped a quick photo and posted it to Facebook. What a delight to see one of the things I had dreamed about and put so much creative energy into begin to take on tangible shape. What a delight to see God use my eccentric interests and hodge-podge of talents to meet the needs of others. "This is so...

02 Sep

I’m Busy Procrastinating | Eric Gravelle

Last Saturday, my wife Jessica and I walked 3 blocks from our apartment to Carl Schurz Park on the Upper East Side.   If you haven't visited Carl Schurz Park yet, make sure to add that to your NYC bucket list.  The park has a waterfront promenade with impressive views.  During our walk, we spent some intentional time praying and planning for the upcoming fall season....