CrossLife equips and empowers married couples and parents around the world to cultivate LIFE in the home.
CrossLife carries out its mission through these primary ministries:
Conversations for LIFE
Conversations for LIFE is a podcast with hosts Kathleen and Jonathan where we explore topics vital to cultivating LIFE in the home. We draw on our training and background as a pastor and counselor, bringing in the wisdom of Scripture, the best research, and guest experts to bear on marriage and family. We invite you to join in the conversation and we welcome feedback and requests.
Being immersed in Scripture is essential for cultivating LIFE in the home. CrossLife sermons are designed to deepen our knowledge of God and understanding of His Word.
CrossLife articles are designed to expand our thinking and stir our imagination about God’s calling for us in the home and in the world
Interactive teaching series
Our intensive, extensive multi-media teaching programs, in production now, are designed to go deep into vital topics that form the foundation of our faith and enable us to pass it on to the next generation. They are based on Biblical truth and extensive research and are designed for husbands and wives, families, and church groups to go through together. Coming series will cover topics including:
The Biblical foundation for understanding our physical bodies, as well as the relevant applications for spirituality, sexuality, body image, and more.
Building a healthy, emotionally-connected, and resilient marriage that is a foundation for a healthy family.
Discipling your children in ways that produce lasting fruit in their lives.
Resources for missionaries
Having been missionaries in Asia, and knowing many current missionaries around the globe, we know intimately the extreme need, and dire lack, of marriage and family resources in local languages. We are partnering with missionaries overseas to develop and translate CrossLife teaching series to aid missionaries and Christians around the world in their work. These translated resources will be freely available digitally to reach and equip as many people as possible.
Jonathan is a native of Houston, TX who became a believer through Young Life while in high school. He attended the University of Texas at Austin and received his bachelors in History. It was also at UT that Jonathan nurtured his sense of calling into ministry through volunteer work with Young Life and his church. After graduation he served with Cru for a number of years in ministry to internationals, and also worshiped at a multi-racial church in downtown Houston. He and Kathleen met there, and married in the spring of 2008. As newlyweds they moved to St. Louis and spent four years at Covenant Theological Seminary, where Jonathan received a Master of Divinity. After graduation, they spent a year ministering at a church in Missouri, and then four years as missionaries overseas. Jonathan is an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church in America. His passions in ministry are shepherding, preaching, teaching, organizational health, and innovation.
Kathleen is married to her beloved husband Jonathan and is the delighted mother of 6 children, including twins (which is pretty fun and pretty crazy). She became a Christian at age 18 and developed a passion for seeing people come alive in Christ and fostering healing for survivors of abuse. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology at Rice University and her master’s degree in counseling at Covenant Seminary. She has served in ministry and missions for the past 14 years in the U.S. and Asia. She's done everything from programming at NASA to counseling at a shelter for pregnant girls, but her favorite work is discipling and teaching her children. She has spoken on the topic of healing and abundant life after abuse and her writing has been published at Desiring God, A Life Overseas, Story Warren, and more.
Statement of Faith
CrossLife seeks to be a meaningful resource for all who profess faith in Christ, regardless of denominational, ethnic, linguistic, or national distinctives. In addition to the Nicene, Apostles', and Athanasian Creeds, we also affirm the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy
Our own Statement of Faith is as follows:
God has existed from all eternity as one being in three Persons: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each person is fully God and equal in honor, power, and glory. All acts of revelation and redemption are accomplished through the distinct, yet unified work of the Triune Godhead.
God has made Himself known in and through His works of creation and providence. Creation being the act of God making all things from nothing, and providence being the act of God sustaining and governing all things to the end that they bring Him glory.
Creation is the act of God making all things, both material and immaterial, that exist in our cosmos. Genesis 1 teaches us that God's work of creation lasted six days, and on the seventh He rested. It also teaches us that God made the first man and woman in His image to be stewards over His creation.
Because our world is the fruit of God's creative work, it is infused with His good, loving, just, and holy character. As stewards over creation, Adam and Eve were to oversee and increase the expression of God's character in the world through their righteous rule and governance. Such would have been the fate of the world had Adam and Eve obeyed. Instead, they listened to the crafty words of the serpent who sowed seeds of doubt about God's goodness, love, and faithfulness, and ate the fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, from which God had commanded them not to eat. The result was that the goodness of creation was sundered and ruined by evil, injustice, and death. Adam and Eve's rebellion brought ruin into God's good and perfect world. In addition, mankind, whose very essence was likened to God's, was now cursed with sin, death, and separation from Him. Because of Adam and Eve's sin, all mankind is born corrupted by hatred of God and a bent toward evil in all aspects of their personhood. This does not mean that every person is as evil as they could be, but it does mean that there is no part of us which has not been touched and affected deeply by sin and wickedness from the time we are conceived.
Out of sheer mercy, love and grace, God did not leave the world or mankind in its ruinous state, but instead enacted a plan of redemption. Beginning with Adam and Eve and tracing through the Old Testament, is the story of God calling a people out of sin and death to be His special people who will worship Him and make His name known throughout the world as the one true God. The nature of this relationship is called covenantal in the Bible. A covenant is a relationship founded upon a promise of faithfulness and loyalty. God pledges to be our God who will deliver, preserve, and bless us, and we pledge to be His people who walk in faith and obedience to Him. Because of mankind's sinful state, the only way this relationship can be sustained is through the ongoing mercy and grace of God who forgives sinners and welcomes the repentant.
At the heart of God's plan to redeem what was ruined by Adam and Eve's sin is a critical problem: how can He forgive sinful, wicked humankind without compromising His holiness, justice and goodness? God's answer is to die for our sin Himself. Jesus, the Second Person of the Triune Godhead, came to earth as one who was fully God and fully human with the mission of revealing God to us and delivering us from sin and death by dying for our sin in our place. Three days later, he rose from the dead; for in his death, death itself has been defeated. With his resurrection, a new age was inaugurated--the age of redemption. It is an age in which we have begun to experience the blessings of the accomplishments of Christ on the cross, and in which we wait with eager longing for His return, when redemption will be complete, and judgment enacted against all agents of evil, whether demonic or human.
For someone to receive the blessings of this new age--forgiveness of sin; the death of our sinful, dead selves created in Adam; new life by the Spirit in Christ; a restored relationship with God; and all other blessings--they must put their faith in Christ as their divine Savior, taking his death for their own, and his life for theirs. They are to respond positively to God's offer of salvation in and through Christ that is held out in the Gospel.
THE CHRISTIAN LIFE
Saving faith is accompanied by a changed life: a Christian is a new creation. While we live in our current bodies we must still wage war against sin. We are nonetheless granted the gift of the Holy Spirit that enables us to walk in ever-increasing obedience to God. This indeed is the Christian's greatest desire, to be like God in the way he or she lives their life. God has not left us to ourselves in this, but rather His Scripture is our ever-constant aid, support, and guide, directing us how we are to live in obedience to His will, and enlightening our hearts and minds as to who He is.
The Church exists as the people of God across all places and times who are covenantally united to God through Christ by faith. It manifests itself tangibly in local gatherings of believing communities all across the globe who are organized and ordered by the light of Scripture and the leading of God's Spirit. Christ teaches us that in this age the tangible church will appeal to true and false believer alike, and so the Church will not exist in its pure form until after the Day of Judgment.
The Bible is God's divinely inspired Word. Comprised of 66 individual books, it contains the complete revelation from God to His people. As the inspired word of God, Scripture is characterized according to the same character we ascribe to God. As God is Truthful, so His Word is True. As God is the supreme authority over all creation, so His Word bears supreme authority in our lives. As God is holy, so His Word is Holy and leads us to holiness. As God is beautiful, so His Word is the apex of artistic beauty. As God is Good, so His Word to us is Good.
Although all human beings by sheer use of human faculties are capable of reading and understanding the words contained in Scripture, yet no one apart from the regenerating and illuminating power of the Spirit can rightly perceive and apply the Word of God. This is not due to any limitation of the Word, but rather to the effects of sin in our lives, one of which is to blind us to God and make our ears dull to His Truth.
THE MISSION OF GOD
In this age, God is on a mission to bring people from all tribes, nations, and tongues underneath the banner of Christ. Though nations may rage against Him, though His Church may experience seasons of great trial and persecution, God's mission will not cease until Christ returns and all things are brought under subjection to His rule. It is the honor, joy, and responsibility of all believers everywhere to live out their unique calling in participation with God's redemptive mission.
The end of this age will come when Christ Himself returns, not as the suffering servant, but as the warrior king, who will sit on His throne and judge all angels and people. Those who have stood opposed to God will be thrown into an eternal lake of fire for everlasting torment, while those who professed faith in Christ, and who rested on the forgiveness of God wrought through His death, will be ushered into the New Heavens and New Earth. There they will live with God for all eternity as His people, and He will be their God. No longer will there be suffering or sadness, death or wickedness, but joy and peace such as mankind has never known.