Thrive: Tree, Fruit, and Facebook? – Kristy Bay

We live in a time in which the current Christian trend is to focus on how our actions speak louder than our words; how it’s not enough to talk about Christ, but how we have to go out and actually do the things that Jesus would do. Doing what Jesus would do could be risky, unpopular, and uncomfortable.

Thrive: Intentions vs. Legalism – Kristy Bay

Student ministry is my passion because I love watching students grow emotionally, spiritually, physically, and mentally. But student ministry is not for the faint of heart. One of the most important things I have learned about meeting a new group of students is how to sort them into three categories: the literalists, the intentionalists, and the politicians.

Thrive: It’s Always Darkest Before the Dawn – Kristy Bay

Once again, Jesus’ words are unsettling. Here Jesus lists all the discord that his presence will sow between family members. Harsh words that leave my nerves a little raw, if I am honest, because they don’t sound like the Jesus I know. I want to argue with this Jesus…with the Matthean scribe…and say, “No.”

Thrive: Shake It Off, Shake It Off – Kristy Bay

After reading the first verses of Matthew 10, I had a really hard time moving past Jesus’ rather harsh calling of the disciples to ignore the Gentiles and instead to seek only after the “lost sheep of Israel.” I don’t like to think about Jesus excluding people.