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Love offering for Kyle & Alex Lake

Watch a video of Kyle walking through his store after the robbery

Pastor Kyle’s shoe store was robbed this past Friday and Saturday nights.  Kyle is the owner of Smokin’ Souls, a sneaker boutique, where he collects half his income; the other half coming from his youth pastor job at Crossroads Church, where I co-pastor.  While the insurance should cover the inventory that was stolen, Kyle will have to close the store down for some time and will be missing a significant chunk of his regular income during that time.  This is a very emotional and stressful time for Kyle and his wife Alex and we want to BE THE CHURCH for them during this difficult time.  We took a love offering on Sunday, but want to make the love offering available to you online and this coming Sunday at Crossroads as well.  If you’d like to give to Kyle and Alex, you can do so via Paypal to (write “for Kyle and Alex Lake” in the notes), or you can mail a check to Crossroads Church, 108 W. Cesar Chavez Ave., Lansing MI 48906.  Write your check out to Crossroads Church and put “for Kyle and Alex Lake” in the memo line.
Crossroads Church's Youth Director Kyle Lake leading the Summer Lights summer youth outreach

Crossroads Church’s Youth Director Kyle Lake leading the Summer Lights summer youth outreach

Kyle Lake is our Youth Director at Crossroads Church.  He does an awesome job leading our youth group of around 30 teens, most of whom are from the inner city and whose parents don’t attend church with them.  He also leads our summer park ministries.  There are two of these each week, at two different parks, with each park bringing in around 40-70 youth per week (over 350 unique youth over the summer).  (Check out photos here)

Kyle is called to go to seminary.  He’s found an awesome program at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary called the Urban Cohort.  It is a once-a-week program for urban ministers only, with a majority of the tuition coming from a GRTS scholarship.  It takes 3 years, doing one class per semester and you graduate with a master’s degree.  Kyle never finished his bachelor’s degree at Wayne State University, but GRTS/Cornerstone has made arrangements for him to get his bachelor’s equivalency through their adult degree program on the undergrad side so he can be official for his accredited master’s degree!  Kyle can start these classes in October and begin seminary course work in January, but here’s the hang-up:

It will cost $3367.74 to get Kyle’s transcripts from Wayne State.  This is tuition and fee bills from Kyle’s time there.  Did I mention that Kyle took a HUGE pay cut to work as Youth Director at Crossroads?  He was making a great salary with benefits working for Apple and now makes $30,000/year with no benefits at Crossroads.  (We’d pay him more if we could!)

Will you help us raise the $3367.74 needed to get Kyle’s transcripts from Wayne State so he can start seminary???

Blog Nation, we can do this!  Rather than using GoFundMe, which takes a large percentage of your gift, you can give directly to Crossroads Church on our PayPal button below.  Write “Kyle’s seminary” in the “Add special instructions to the seller” line (this will appear after you log in).  We will mail you a year-end tax deductible receipt (PayPal takes a 2.4 – 2.8% fee out of your gift, vs. GoFundMe’s 5% fee).  You can use the PayPal button below OR you can do it the old fashioned way and mail a check to Crossroads Church, 105 W. Allegan St., Lansing MI 48912.  Write your check out to Crossroads Church and write Kyle’s seminary in the memo line.

Update: 100% of the $3367.74 has come in!  Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, here we come!!!  Thank you to everyone who gave!!!!

Thank you to those who have given.  Here’s an important update about the need for this money that I didn’t know before–which is why Kyle has these fees in the first place.  Kyle enrolled for the winter 2014 semester then had a severe fire accident where he was out from work and had a lengthy hospital stay.  When Wayne State was sending him bills to pay for the 4 classes he enrolled in, he appealed it with doctor documentation.  Wayne State took away some of the tuition (around $6000) but kept on the administration fees, kept $1500 of tuition on, and other fees (late payment, fitness center, registration fee, and collection fee).  We still have $2600 more to raise!

Let’s get this Ninja Turtle into seminary!
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Crossroads Church's Kyle Lake teaching the youth group

Crossroads Church’s Kyle Lake teaching the youth group


Crossroads Church Youth Director Kyle Lake thinking he is Brett Favre at the Summer Lights summer youth program

Crossroads Church Youth Director Kyle Lake thinking he is Brett Favre at the Summer Lights summer youth outreach

So proud of the way my church and our leaders handled this past Sunday (I’ve been on a month sabbatical for July).  Pastor Derrick Knox is the pastor at Church of Elohim, a church plant we share a building with and do many joint services with.

Very proud to call Pastor Derrick a brother and a friend.  Very proud to call Pastor Curt Wright a brother and a friend (Curt introduces Derrick in the sermon).  Two men who care more about Jesus’s heart than what people think of them.  Very proud of their courage and boldness and proud of the entire Crossroads Church congregation to be a community where we can talk about these things with love and truth, pointing people to Jesus in the midst of such pain.  Very proud that the Crossroads Church community isn’t a place that accepts the status quo, but longs (through all of our failure, brokenness and weakness) to live out the Bible’s commands to seek justice and love the oppressed and to be the church Jesus envisioned and the New Testament Church embodied.


Audio only:

crossroadsPodcastWell it only took 10 years, but our Crossroads Church Sunday morning sermon podcast is finally up and operational!  You can subscribe to it on iTunes here:applepodcasticon

You can also listen online or download individual sermon files on PodBean:  podbeanlogo

You will find all of our Crossroads sermons since 2006.

All of our sermons from around 2011 and on are also on video at our Vimeo page:

While you’re in the Podcasting mood, (shameless plug alert), feel free to also subscribe to my personal “Behind the Curtain” Ministry Podcast.  BTC interviews a guest each episode, focusing on the emotional, psychological and spiritual burdens of being in ministry leadership.

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I was interviewed today by Mark Bashore on WKAR’s Current State radio program.  WKAR is Lansing’s NPR station.  The interview covered doing church in a bar and purchasing alcohol for people, as well as our church’s mission to become a multiracial church and do racial reconciliation as a primary part of our mission: