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Freedom from sin

This week, as we mark Veteran’s Day on November 11th, we take the opportunity to look at the Biblical theme of “Sin and Freedom” in our Sunday worship service. It’s a theme which, beginning in Genesis and ending in the book of Revelation, deals with the bondage we find ourselves in due to our sinful…

What is your role?

What is Your Role? Pastor Tom concluded his sermon Sunday (listen to the entire message here) with a question, “what roles are you fulfilling?” This question was in the context of the current Holy Cross sermon series “The Grand Tour.”  So on this stop along the tour we consider what is it that God is…

Who is your community?

The idea of community is a tough one. There are lots of questions about how and when and where and who and all that, and no one I know purports to know all of these things. Even for a lot of this post, I won’t answer the questions, but I pray they and some of…

What are you putting your trust in?

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to serve as a chaperone for the DFW area Middle School “Recess” Retreat.  It was a great weekend with 250 middles schoolers from all over the metroplex, but I missed being with my church family! Like some of you, I had to catch up on the latest message…

God. Made. Me.

This past week we started a new series of messages titled “The Grand Tour: Your Passport to Adventure.” The idea behind this topical approach to the Word of God is to cover some “must-see stops” along the journey of faith. These are biblical themes that thread themselves throughout the whole narrative of Scripture.  The season…

Give us eyes to see

One word that has been circling around in my brain a lot in the past few weeks is “justice”. As you may know, last month staff traveled to a conference hosted by a ministry that primarily deals in bringing about justice – from educational to legislative to social to economic. Another place I’ve felt need…

Mentoring, Math & Poker Chips….

In the next few weeks we will begin a brand new year serving as Reading Buddies for our partner school, Tom C. Gooch Elementary. In this throwback guest post Barry & Marie Canning share their experience as buddies over the past couple of years. If you have thirty minutes a week to give you can…

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…