Revolutionary. It’s one of the labels people sometimes hang on Jesus. Was Jesus really a revolutionary? The answer depends on the definition. With The Beginning of Lent, we begin a new Sunday series on Jesus’ final road march to Jerusalem, anticipating the dramatic change he was about to bring. Not even Jesus’ disciples saw it coming, but he would change
not just hearts of people of his day, not just the direction of history, not just the way the world works. He would change the way God relates to us, and the way we relate to God. And that’s just the start! Join us Sundays at Crossroads as we consider The Revolutionary.
We introduced this series with on March 3, the Sunday just before Ash Wednesday. Sorry — no podcast this week. Here’s the transcript of the sermon, based on Luke 9:52-63:
Join Crossroads’ book group for our first meeting to discuss Jim Wallis’ On God’s Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn’t Learned about Serving the Common Good
Here’s a taste of what we’ll be reading, discussing, and critiquing in light of God’s word:
“Bestselling author, public theologian, and leading Christian activist Jim Wallis speaks directly into our current context, revealing the spiritual compass we need to effect lasting change in our society. He explains how the good news of Jesus transforms not only our individual lives but also our public lives. Jesus’ gospel of the kingdom of God helps us recover a personal and social commitment to the common good and shows us–in concrete ways–how to be both personally responsible and socially just. Working together, we can reshape our churches, society, politics, and economy.
In the midst of contentious national debates on gun control, immigration, budget deficits, and more, this book moves the conversations beyond current media and political warfare to bring together a divided country. Wallis explores how Jesus’ agenda can serve the common good, what it takes to sustain a lifelong commitment to social justice, and how reading the Bible as well as the culture can shape our lives for genuine transformation.”
Book Group begins with Chapters 1-4 on Thursday February 20, 2014, 7pm at the apartment of Adam and Alex Mays in Logan Square. Mark your calendar for future dates: March 20, April 17, and May 15 at the same time and place. For more information, contact Adam at email@example.com
Join Crossroads for a night of fun playing games at Guthrie’s Tavern in Wrigleyville on Saturday, February 1st at 6pm. Guthrie’s has all sorts of games and a great selection of beer, and we’ll order in pizza from D’Agostino’s. i.e., fun is guaranteed.
For more information or to RSVP to ensure we order enough pizza for you, see the Facebook invitation here. Hope to see you there!
Join us as we enjoy some seriously delicious chili and raise funds to help support Crossroads’ ministries! This is always one of our most highly anticipated events and participation is off the charts. You need to be a part of this too!
This is all happening on Saturday, November 16, at 6:30 pm at Resurrection Covenant Church‘s Basement, 3901 N. Marshfield Ave., Chicago. To make this all go, here’s what we need:
First, we need chili contestants: When RSVPing please mention whether you’ll bring a chili (we have room for up to 20 contestants – we usually have around 10-15). If you are bringing a chili please bring a serving utensil and power strip if you have one. Traditional chili condiments (cheese, oyster crackers, sour cream, etc.) will be provided.
Chili not your thing? It is always great to have a few sides too so if you are up for bringing cornbread, mac and cheese, etc please do so!
Second, we need your talents or resources! Past auctions have featured lessons in painting/musical instruments/foreign languages/photography/brewing/cooking/running/computers/business building, also tours of your favorite haunts, auctioning off your labor: spring cleaning/moving service/landscaping/organizing/babysitting/baking, giving up your Bears/Packers/Cubs/Sox sporting event tix or your vacation cottage for a weekend. You name it folks- you would be surprised how much we will pay for your time and talents!
Please email our Fellowship Coordinator with your auction item/service to donate -firstname.lastname@example.org
Can’t make it but want to bid? Shoot us an email (same address) and we’ll put in a proxy bid for you. (Look for a list this week!)
Looking forward to seeing you all there!
Montrose Green, a community garden right in Crossroads’ neighborhood, is closing in order to relocate to a new garden location in Rogers Park. Volunteers are needed to move raised bed frames to this new garden.
Our group will stay at Montrose Green (adjacent to the Montrose Brown Line stop) and help load the beds into moving trucks. The beds are not very heavy – each one can be lifted easily with two people.
Montrose Green is part of a network of community gardens run by the nonprofit Peterson Garden Project. PGP both trains gardeners and donates produce to the Common Pantry, Chicago’s oldest continually-operating food pantry.
See the evite for more information, or to RSVP!