How cool was it to host The Crossing last night? I'll answer that - very cool. I loved the members of the band - they were friendly, completely unpretentious, easygoing, and seemed genuinely interested in everybody they met. Throw in a love for Christ and others, and we have a winner :) As my wife said afterward, "Well, yeah. They're from Jesus People." If you like the following video clips, go to Grrr Records.
For about 9 years now, I have taken my youth group to JPUSA, a community of Christians in Uptown Chicago dedicated to sharing the love of Christ in both word and deed. I never leave there the same as I showed up. I have been challenged and encouraged by their dedication to embody the presence of Christ among the overlooked and marginalized in our society.
In addition, they are a very artistic community. One of their bands (there are about 10 of them), a celtic Christian band called The Crossing, is coming to Church of the Living God in Traverse City on March 11 (6:00 pm; $5 tickets at the door). I'm excited about finally being able to host them and bless their ministry. Here is a more detailed interview I did with Pete Lathrop at WLJN this morning: