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The Cross Orlando is a congregation of people living under the reign of God. We gather together regularly, we're working in all sectors of our city and are always looking for ways to better care for each other. But a great first step in meeting us, is to check out these blogs that our folks manage.

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Slow it Down

by Ben

slow it down. I feel like Jesus probably had a lot happening. The pressure of bringing along twelve young guys, managing empathy for sick and oppressed people, dodging the judgment of hyper religious power brokers and figuring out where to eat and sleep…kind of a lot going on. But then I also remember that he … Continue reading Slow it Down

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Objectively True

by Ben

I got into a conversation with a friend last week about the Apostle’s Creed. He is studying through it with some folks, it is his first time really looking at it. It was a fun bit of conversation for me because I think the Creed is the coolest. I mentioned to him that in Seminary … Continue reading Objectively True

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It’s about becoming

by Ben

whachya got going on these days? Remember the story where the rich young ruler asked Jesus about inheriting eternal life? He was thinking that his goal was to “be right.” To follow the right rules in the right way. Jesus responded, not by adding a rule, but by challenging his heart. “go and give all … Continue reading It’s about becoming

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new years and new days

by Ben

I rode my bike in to work today. It was a good day for it. I don’t have to be lots of different places, the weather is nice and it’s a day where it will be good to have both room to think and work for my body. One of the books I’ve been checking … Continue reading new years and new days

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advent ‘23

by Ben

Advent is a season of preparation. Recognizing the reality that the God came in the person of Jesus, we prepare for the certain hope that the God will come again bringing the New Heavens and New Earth. I’ve been thinking about preparation. How ought I to prepare? What sort of action or inaction does it … Continue reading advent ‘23

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Advent

by Ben

Sunday starts a new church year, it’s the first Sunday of Advent. It’s a four week period to prepare for the coming of Christ. As we celebrate his coming in the manger, we prepare for his return in glory. Hopefully it’s a time that puts things into perspective. This season often highlights our limitations (what … Continue reading Advent

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Lazy Days

by Ben

This past Monday I had the laziest day I can remember having. It was lovely and a little (not a lot) overdue. In general I like working, even when I take days off I usually like getting a task done or something accomplished. Monday I got almost nothing done, and liked it.  There’s a story … Continue reading Lazy Days

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Faith to Sight

by Ben

A while ago, at a Sunday morning gathering, we spoke about the woman who’d been widowed that Jesus acknowledged gave more than any of the pharisees. It was a two coins. That story comes in the context of Jesus critiquing the way the Pharisees like calling attention to their piety. They walked up and made … Continue reading Faith to Sight

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Last Crusade?

by Ben

It’s sometimes so hard to believe that God empowers the humble. Remember the scene in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade where Indy is rushing to get through the obstacles that protect the Holy Grail? He gets to the “leap of faith” and literally steps out into an open expanse. As a kid, watching that … Continue reading Last Crusade?

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faith & doubt

by Ben

This past Sunday we considered the story when the Israelites crossed the Red Sea. It’s a bonkers story that is part of the bedrock of the people of God throughout time. Part of the identity of our God is “the one who split the Red Sea.” The mythic quality of the story can obscure the … Continue reading faith & doubt

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