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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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A season for everything

by Ben

I wonder what things Jesus changed his mind on. It’s a weird question because Jesus has the divinity thing going, and the Divine knows everything. But the story of Scripture shows us that Jesus lived as a person fully submitted to the Holy Spirit, not merely as the all-knowing God wearing human skin. That means … Continue reading A season for everything

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Mammon

by Ben

Today I remembered a line from a Bible Study Megan and I participated in almost twenty years ago: ”every financial decision is a spiritual one.” This line came in the context of considering how Jesus mentions money more than any other topic. I don’t think Jesus talks so much about money because he wants to … Continue reading Mammon

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I can’t get no…

by Ben

I mowed the yard yesterday morning before I went in to work. I can’t believe I’m about to say this…but I’m pretty proud of the grass in the back yard. It’s funny to be a guy who’s proud of his yard, but here I am. I come by the pride naturally. It emerges from lots … Continue reading I can’t get no…

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Because we can

by Ben

I had an interesting conversation this morning about motivation in service work. I was quoting this phrase I had learned from a friend almost a decade ago ”learn the joy of mutual interdependence.” It’s a somewhat complex phrase, but it’s stuck with me because it’s powerful. It’s helpful in any type of community: in a … Continue reading Because we can

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Running Water

by Ben

I heard a random story about shepherds in Australia the other day. This guy was saying that because the place is pretty dry, he doesn’t need to use a fence to keep the sheep in one place. He just digs a good well and they don’t go very far from the water. The image has … Continue reading Running Water

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No Credit Due

by Ben

Here’s a song I can’t stop listening to. I like almost all of the lyrics, but a couple spots that stick out to me are, “I don’t need to convince the world that I’m not crazy” and ”I don’t need to pay the credit due, nah there is none.” The longer I live, the more … Continue reading No Credit Due

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It’s free to dream.

by Ben

A little over a decade ago, I sat at a table high in the Guatemalan jungle inside a 100year old farmhouse overlooking one of the region’s largest coffee plantations. It was a long table and I could hear the noises of chickens outside that might be tomorrows dinner, the windows were open because the evening … Continue reading It’s free to dream.

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Control and an Open Ended Future

by Ben

Several weeks ago, as I sat with the portion of Jesus’ story that we commemorate on Good Friday a new thought emerged…all the folk around Jesus—the church leaders, the disciples, Pontius pilate—controlled and manipulated people and situations to control their futures as much as possible. False trials and manipulating the crowds to get the outcomes … Continue reading Control and an Open Ended Future

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Good News

by Ben

There’s a conversation that I must have had years ago that sticks in my memory. I can’t remember the context or even who I was talking with, just the words they said in response. I was saying something like, ”I would be way less stressed out if I just knew how things were going to … Continue reading Good News

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Small and Large

by Ben

I don’t remember exactly why, but I loved Hamlet when we read it in high school. Something in the way that my teacher walked us through the story, got me thinking deeply about a text. Maybe for the first time. I loved it. It changed the way I thought about study and school. It affected … Continue reading Small and Large

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