Subject: West Side Update – March 24
March 24, 2014
The Kill Family
The Kill family first came to NYC four years ago after spending time as missionaries in Europe and returning to the states with a heart for postmodern and urban culture. “Moving to New York was the fruit of years of prayer to live, work and love people in an urban center, and we are so thankful for God’s grace in bringing us here,” says Kristen.
In the Kill home, the arts have a high priority, with someone usually writing, cooking, painting or otherwise creating something, and Family Movie Night is a weekly tradition. Outside of the house, Josh is the director of platform at Squarespace, an online web-building software company, and a photographer; Kristen works as a freelance writer and speaker and homeschools their four children.
In our West Side congregation, they’re involved in their Community Group, and Kristen also leads a Kids’ Community Group on Wednesdays at W83. They’re even working with a group of other families at Redeemer to buy a building together on the UWS and look at new ways “for those in the church to support one another in community,” says Kristen. It’s part of their family’s passion to encourage families in NYC emotionally and practically. “Family life can be stressful here — there are such big drains on time, space, finances, etc.,” she says. “But! It’s also really exciting because we have an opportunity to innovate new rhythms and practices for living in a healthy way here, and it stretches us to depend on God in ways we wouldn’t have had to otherwise and that we are so so thankful for!”The family’s favorite WS spot? “We are big fans of Brother Jimmy’s because kids always eat free!” says Kristen. “Also, after church, it is nearly empty! We’ve become friends with the staff there and it’s kind of a tradition to venture there for Sunday brunch — join us!”
As a church of Jesus Christ, Redeemer exists to help build a great city for all people through a gospel movement that brings personal conversion, community formation, social justice and cultural renewal to New York City and, through it, to the world.
Lent is a sober time. Repentance. Self-denial. Sacrifice. Death. These are practices and themes that often bring discomfort. At the heart of that sobriety is the cross. We often sing “The Glory of the Cross,” which reminds us of the centrality and weight of this symbol in the Christian faith. That weight includes the horror of the kind of death Jesus experienced. Crucifixion was an invention of the barbarians, is perhaps the cruelest form of execution ever practiced, and was reserved for those who were considered, as one writer put it, “non-persons.” Therefore as John Stott wrote, it was this combination of death, crime and shame that put Jesus “beyond the pale of respect, let alone worship.”
Yet Jesus chose to die this way, speaking openly about his death (Mark 8:31–32) that would set us free from sin and restore our relationship with the Father (Mark 10:45). It is the juxtaposition of this cruelty — shame and death alongside Christ’s obedience, willingness and love — that overwhelmed the writers of the New Testament and the early church, leading to the cross becoming the universal symbol of Christianity. It is no wonder then that the more we meditate on the glory of the cross, the more we will glory in it.
But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world. (Galatians 6:14, KJV)
Rev. David Bisgrove
West Side Prayer Ministry
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