08 Dec

Running to the Father | Lauren Schroeder

Last week, my beloved dog Sadie almost died.  A huge part of my heart, if dissected, would probably have that big beast’s name on it. This is the dog that I’ve hiked and swam and road tripped with. We’ve trained for races together and shared watermelon (her all-time favorite) on lazy summer days. We’ve explored woods and fields and played ball till we’re both exhausted....

17 Nov

Compassion is the Supreme Motivator | Eric Gravelle

Unfortunately, the human condition is far too familiar with pain, destruction, brokenness and evil.  I was powerfully reminded of this as I watched the horrific events unfold in Paris last Friday.  The reality is that this type of evil happens far too often.   Just back in April, militant gunmen stormed Garissa University in Keya and killed 147 people.  The world we live in is...

11 Nov

Sharing Your Story | Adrienne Minor

Have you ever had one of those strange experiences where you don’t really know why you need to do something, but you just know you need to do it? When this happens, you feel a little bit like a crazy person. But because of the certainty, you also feel a sense of hope and expectation. You don’t know what’s going to happen, but you have...

03 Nov

What Daniel Murphy Taught Me About Failure | Carrie Louer

November 1st 2015 was a big day in NYC! Over 50 thousand runners ran, jogged, shuffled and limped the 26point2 miles of the TCS NYC marathon. The 5 borough course was lined with welcoming New Yorkers who zealously encouraged each next step. Hearty congrats to those of you who finished! And, a shout out to those of you who tirelessly cheered for your friends! As...

30 Oct

A Quiet, Simple Life | Suzy Silk

I recently finished a 6 month run of one project after another, with little time to breathe in between. And even though I took a weekly Sabbath and a week of vacation, I definitely fully expended all of my energy during this 6 month run. And now it's back to a slower more "normal" life. After running full force for so long, it's been hard...

19 Oct

3 Reasons Why We Need Others In Our Personal Journeys Toward Wholeness | David Robbins

A Forbes report was recently released declaring the top 25 cities for millennials to live. There were a few surprising newcomers of interest, but one thing that stood out to me (only partially tainted by the fact that I live here): five of the twenty-five “cities” were within the New York City metropolitan area. Queens, Brooklyn and even Jersey City at #5 (who knew?!) held...

14 Oct

Protect Your Yes | Sarah Jane Shanks

As I write to you from the wee small hours of the morning, pushing the deadline for this blog, I’m feeling the pain of my decisions—literally. I’m chasing ibuprofen with ginger ale to curb the effects of anxiety and sleep deprivation. But my eyes remain fixed on this headache-inducing computer screen, typing words from a tired brain and a resentful heart as I face the...

02 Oct

Beautiful, Broken City | Adrienne Minor

I moved to New York eight weeks ago. As a newcomer, I’m observing, learning, adjusting. Each experience is shaping my view of the city and teaching me about my new home. Some have brought joy to my heart, while others have left me disheartened. There was the beautiful moment the first time I took the Q train from Brooklyn to Manhattan when I discovered the...

14 Sep

Standing Firm | Lauren Schroeder

One of my least favorite but well-intentioned Christian phrases is “to let go and let God.” I can remember a time when I was going through a particularly rough season of depression and a friend pulled me aside and gave me that advice. Her words stung. She meant well and was eager to see me feeling better but what she didn’t realize was how confused...

01 Sep

Facing What Surfaces When You Move to The City| David Robbins

Every Saturday morning I am reminded of the reality that I am not a native New Yorker.  It’s an experience I strangely look forward to and want to escape all at the same time.  You see, on Saturday mornings at my son’s little league baseball games on an astroturf field on the Upper Eastside, I get a vivid window into one segment of true New...

25 Aug

Success Is What You Make of It | Jena Viviano

"Success is what you make of it."  I penned these words for my high school graduation ceremony, not realizing they would be a helpful reminder for years to come.  I remember wanting to inspire my fellow classmates to work hard, but not to get caught up in everyone else's idea of success.  Somewhere along the way, though, I failed to take my own advice.  Somewhere...

18 Aug

3 Lessons Learned from Life Together | Elise Graham

For me, one of the best and worst parts of living in New York is taking public transportation…everywhere. But, now one of my favorite things about my routine is (surprisingly) my commute. I’m able to devote an exponentially larger amount of time to reading and writing -- I’m even typing some of this on my way home from work. One of my favorite recent train...

10 Aug

My Reflections On The Anniversary of #Ferguson: 3 Ways You Can Respond | Rasool Berry

Rasool Berry is a speaker who loves teaching spiritual truths from the Scriptures. Rasool is a cultural observer and catalyst for change for this generation. He also leads teams of artists and helps them use creativity to bring to life the universal truths of creation, fall, redemption and restoration. Rasool has been on staff with Cru for 14 years where he currently serves as a communications...

06 Aug

When you can’t get it together | Carrie Walker

The 7 train was taking forever! Every fiber of my being wanted to blame the MTA for my anticipated tardy church entrance. Blaming the MTA created a temporary shield from the pummeling of myself for never “getting it together.” I have operated with 24 hour a day cycles for 48 years now. How can I not seem to manage my time? The internal murmurings of...

28 Jul

5 Ways I’m Processing the Ethnic Diversity Conversation | Adam Go

Cru15, a national conference for all Cru ministries in the U.S. and its partners, took place last week in Ft. Collins, Colorado. As about 5,000 gathered for a week, one of the priorities discussed at length was engaging in power and privilege as it relates to becoming more ethnically diverse. Some highlights on the topic from Cru15 worth checking out during a subway commute are: Dr. John Perkins, Andy Crouch, and Christena Cleveland to name...

17 Jul

The Art of Neighboring: Better Together | David Robbins

If you’re like me, you are pretty clueless when it comes to classical music. Some of you are more cultured and have probably heard of Eric Whitacre. He is a world famous classical composer. A few years ago Whitacre decided to conduct a fun little experience. He wrote a song, posted the sheet music on his blog, and invited people around the world to sing...