19 Apr

Importance of Remembering | Suzy Silk

Later this week, Jewish people all across the world will be celebrating the holiday of Passover. This holiday commemorates the Exodus from Egypt and the many ways in which God rescued and redeemed His chosen people. It's a solemn and joyful holiday as family and friends gather around the dinner table to retell the Exodus story by reading, singing, eating, and drinking their way through...

14 Apr

Confronting Powerlessness | Daniel Du

 I recently enjoyed a short but much needed weekend reunion with some of my old friends from college when I flew to Texas for a wedding. We got to reminisce and celebrate together. I got to catch up with people who care about me and support me. It was an environment where I truly felt loved and known. I was sitting in the airport waiting...

08 Apr

A Better Way to Vent | Sarah Jane Shanks

Sometimes, you're following your Bible reading plan out of sheer obedience wondering how in the world to apply the Word. You mine that Scripture for wisdom, instruction, comfort, conviction. You ask the Spirit to unlock mysteries and reveal anything that reminds you who God is and what that means for your life. And sometimes, in the middle of Exodus, a God-breathed Word about Moses and...

29 Mar

Celebrating Easter Every Day | Eric Gravelle

I'm writing this blog post on the morning of Easter.  King Jesus has risen and I feel my affections being moved for a God whose love is unmatched.  My son Andrew is almost 3 months old.  This is his first Easter.  I just finished reading the Jesus Storybook Bible to him.  Today's reading focused on the resurrection and the power of Jesus in conquering the...

22 Mar

Asking the Question of Worth | Adrienne Minor

This city has a way of making you question a lot of things about yourself. In a sea of highly talented, highly successful people, it leaves you wondering if and how you measure up. Honestly, I am constantly evaluating myself. Am I ambitious enough? Funny enough? Pretty enough? Fashionable enough? Smart enough? Am I doing enough? Accomplishing enough? Similar questions arise in my spiritual life,...

08 Mar

Leaving Well | Suzy Silk

Recently I had to exit from a team I had worked and served alongside for many years. Even though I was leaving because I was no longer thriving and felt that God was leading me in a new direction, I deeply respected my team members and leaders so I wanted to exit in the best way possible -- being honest and truthful, but also graceful...

02 Mar

The Benefits of Black Mold | Kelsey Dunn

I’m currently gazing downtown from my bedroom window, and let me tell you, it feels like a minor miracle. I eagerly embraced the new year with hopeful expectations, but then came January 2nd with four broken radiators, a leaky roof, and a very soaked and moldy apartment. You guys, pictures actually peeled off our walls and candy cane ornaments melted onto our sheepskin rug. I love...

24 Feb

Clearing the Junk from Our Hearts | Julie Naanes

Have you ever looked in the mirror and been startled? You think, “Whoa, where did those dark circles come from?” “When did my eyebrows get stuck in that scrunched up frown?” “Holy smokes, I’m pale…when did that happen?” It makes you take a double-take, doesn’t it? This happened to me this week. Only instead of seeing the reflection of my face, I was startled by the condition of...

17 Feb

Reclaiming the Ordinary | Lauren Mize

I came to New York to do big things. Great big fantastic acting and singing things. For me, a normal life meant giving up and forfeiting my identity in Christ. After all, I was God’s daughter. And somewhere in the Bible God talks about all the special works that He created his children to do; how he plans to prosper and unleash us in extraordinary...

10 Feb

The Courage to Risk Much to be Fully Known | Daniel Du

Walking to the train one block away from my apartment, I will pass three salons with “Valentine’s Day Specials” for manicures and haircuts. I pop into Duane Reade, and all the pink stuff on aisle 6 is the first thing that catches my eye. Valentine’s day is right around the corner, and I live in a city that will not let me forget that. Around...

04 Feb

Grace for the Pharisee’s Heart | Adrienne Minor

Because of an invitation from a friend to join with her and several other women, I spent the month of January reading through the New Testament. In order to read 27 books of the Bible in 31 days, I had to read a lot of pages each day. (Thankfully, Saturdays and Sundays were grace days!) It was a bit like drinking out of a fire...

23 Jan

Helping the Homeless Experience Being Known

Becoming Whole. Being Unleashed. Bringing Flourishing.  Cru Millennials in NYC is believing God for a generation that embodies these values. Yvonne is a millennial in the Cru network who goes to The Bridge Church in Brooklyn. We are excited about the partnership we have with the The Bridge.  Yvonne is passionate about each person in this beautiful and diverse city becoming all that God has...

12 Jan

3 Core Truths that Radically Reoriented My Life

I needed some strong words spoken to me this week. As a new year is now well underway, I needed some bold truth with a healthy dose of tender grace to jolt me out of the New Year’s resolution “better-bigger-more-disciplined-more-satisfied you” comparisons that were happening in my internal dialogue. As I get honest with myself, I am realizing that I’m tempted with the the same temptation...

05 Jan

5 Words for 2016

The sun has yet to rise on the last day of 2015.  The silence of the morning affords space to ponder the coming year. These 5 words come to mind:   Rest:  How can it be that our bodies can rest, but our souls remain all tangled? Anxiety, introspection, self-contempt, and performance are just a few things that can weary the soul. “In repentance and rest...

22 Dec

The Paradoxes of Christmas

We see that Jesus endured a human birth to give us a new spiritual birth. He occupied a stable that we might occupy a mansion. He had an earthly mother so that we might have a heavenly Father. He became subject that we might be free.  He left His glory to give us glory. He was poor that we might be rich. He was welcomed...

15 Dec

Reflections on Christmas Hymns | Suzy Silk

One of my favorites things about the Christmas season are old Christmas hymns. I often find myself wondering why we don't sing these profound lyrics year round! I love singing these words each year, knowing that thousands of others across the world and the centuries have sung these same words as well. Lyrics full of promise and hope. Along with these hymns come reminders of...