A recent “Come to Jesus” moment

A recent “Come to Jesus” moment

“For I, the Lord, love justice; I hate robbery and wrongdoing. In my faithfulness I will reward my people and make an everlasting covenant with them.” –Isaiah 61:8 Last week, the staff of Holy Cross (and Santa Cruz) traveled to Los Angeles, CA for a four-day conference hosted by the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA).  This organization…

¿Quen no fue niño?/Who was not a child?

¿Quen no fue niño? En esta época del año hay emociones de todo tipo. Los niños que regresan o que por primera vez estar en clases. Mamas que por primera vez estarán solas en sus casas debidos que sus hijos comienzan la escuela. Otros niños estarán moviéndose a un grado mas alto. Otros simplemente están…

Upside Down Kingdom

Last year I went on my first YouthWorks mission trip with my students. One thing I learned right away about YouthWorks is that they are really great about selecting and digging into a “theme” for the week. Their goal is to carry a particular verse throughout the week that students are working on their mission…

“Crazy Grace” and the San Antonio Mission Trip

On Saturday, July 9th, a group of 19 (15 youth and 4 adults) from Holy Cross/Santa Cruz left Dallas for a week of service in San Antonio. While in San Antonio, we partnered with LINC San Antonio, who gave us the opportunity to engage several serving, learning, and spiritually growing opportunities, from a homeless shelter, to a…

Take my hand and we will be fine

On the evening of July 7, our family was spending some time with friends at a local lake when our phones began dinging with alerts about the horrific shooting that resulted in the deaths of 5 Dallas Police officers. We spent much of the rest of the weekend doing what I’m guessing most of you…

Light shines through broken things

From where does light come? The sun, light bulbs, candles, bonfires, fireworks, lanterns, and glow sticks…When you think about things that give light, these are probably some of the first things that come to mind. Thinking about the different materials involved, the methods used to make light, and the efficiency of these things are also…

Orlando and Our Need for Lamentation

It’s heartbreaking. Another shooting and more lives lost—too many lives. Madness. Of course, the massacre has resulted in so much being written—reactionary in many ways.  It’s the blame game being played out across television and social media. The call for action for or against certain people or certain things. Someone must pay. Yes, we know…

Why we still “Measure in Love”

The following is from the blog post I wrote on August 7, 2014 shortly after we wrapped up our first summer of children’s camps. As we gear up to start another full summer of ministry to our neighbors in just about two weeks, the thoughts written here still ring true! In fact, about the only…

True Wisdom & Sitting in the Dark in Public

Both actual and metaphorical light and darkness are prominent in the Bible. If you take 10 seconds, I would guess you can come up with just as many examples of where it appears in the Word. Yet in his infinite wisdom (and, I’m certain, sense of humor), God can use the same concept an infinite…

Imagine that…

A wise professor of mine once said that “if something can be imagined, it can become a reality.”   People once imagined going to the moon.   They don’t have to imagine any more, do they?  In fact, a short list of “imagining to reality” jumps off the pages of history: Leonardo da Vinci’s sketches of a…