In this issue:
New Executive Director / Crossways ® / New Catalog
The Board of Directors of Crossways International ® is pleased to announce the selection of its new Executive Director, Katherine E. “Kate” Silvas of Converse, Texas. 

“We are very excited with the selection of Kate as our next Executive Director,” said Tim Schmitt, Board Chairman of Crossways International. “She brings a fresh perspective to the business end of the organization. We strongly believe that Kate’s background and her understanding of business development, marketing and publishing provide a high level of expertise that Crossways International needs.”

A native of Long Island, New York, Kate is a graduate of Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, having earned her BA in Communications and MS in Urban Administration. She has served for more than two decades in various roles in public administration and economic development in South Texas. Kate previously served as a short-term missionary to Russia and Belarus, ministering to orphans in summer camps in the former Soviet Union. A recently published author ( You Are Not Alone , Bush Publishing, 2017), Silvas has led studies of The Divine Drama ® from Crossways International. Read more .
C rossways International ® (CI) is looking for followers of Christ who would like to become Members of CI and be eligible to serve on the Board of Directors and elect two members of the Board annually A Member is a follower of Jesus who is willing and able to commit time, talent, and treasure to enhance, expand, and extend Crossways International's mission and ministry. Please click on the below link to access the application.  
For several years Crossways International ® has been conducting seminars on the campus of Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN. This year we conducted another three-day The Divine Drama ®  workshop during the last week of May. The Rev. Jeff Blain from Wisconsin led the seminar and welcomed pastors from northern and southern Minnesota, and seminary students from The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. As seminarians, they received free tuition thanks to the generosity of our donors.

If your church or organization would like to host a three- or four-day event, or if you would like to designate funds to support our special ministries, or our Founder's Scholarship, named in honor of the Rev. Dr. Harry Wendt, please call our office at (800) 257-7308. You may also donate online at We appreciate your support!
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Harry Wendt

"In the Matthew and Mark narratives, Jesus’ hearers respond to His teaching with sarcasm and ridicule. Some read into Luke 4:16-30 a suggestion that the initial reaction of Jesus’ audience is approval. However, scholars suggest that Luke’s Greek text actually refers to a very negative reaction on the part of Jesus’ hearers. The word commonly translated as amazed would be more accurately rendered as astonished , or, better still, appalled . After all, eventually Jesus’ hearers plot to throw Him off a cliff! Note also John 7:5, 'For not even His brothers believed in Him.' ” 

Read the Rev. Dr. Wendt's July 2018 Revised Common Lectionary Notes .
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We are excited to announce this valuable resource tool is now available! To request a copy, call our office at (800) 257-7308 or email your address with the subject "catalog" to and we'll mail one to you.

New items include teaching graphics for all courses on USB
flash drives , and The Biblical Tell-Tale Time-Lines translated into Spanish and French. We have also added special mission p ackages which include the new time-lines.

Watch for the digital version—c oming soon!
Job 37:5-7

5   God thunders wondrously with his voice; he does great things that we cannot comprehend. 6   For to the snow he says, ‘Fall on the earth’; and the shower of rain, his heavy shower of rain, 7   serves as a sign on everyone’s hand, so that all whom he has made may know it. (NRSV)

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July 31: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. (CST)

Get an overview of all 10 of our courses and get answers to any questions you may have about teaching or studying these materials.

September 13: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. (CST)

Rethink how we are to manage our lives and resources according to biblical tenets and get tips on teaching this course.
Crossways ® Training Seminar
August 27-31, $300
Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church
Apple Valley, MN

Register today to receive Early Bird pricing! (Price increases to $350 after July 18.) This Training Seminar provides an intense overview of the grand sweep of the biblical narrative and will help you feel well-prepared to teach or facilitate discussion of Crossways , our most in-depth course.
  • August 27: 8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. — Check-in & Presentation
  • August 28, 29, 30: 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. — Presentation
  • August 31: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. — Off-Site Presentation of Best Practices

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Take an unforgettable, in-depth journey through the Bible with Crossways ® .

It helps people  see  the connections between the Old and New Testaments like never before.
Get insights on The Biblical Tell-Tale Time-Line from Dr. Harry Wendt with The Bible for Busy People  DVD.

 It's a concise way to view the biblical story.
Pick up a Middle Eastern understanding of the parables of Luke 15 (The Lost Sheep, The Lost Coin and The Prodigal Son) in their original cultural context with Finding the Lost DVD .

 This drama was f ilmed in Cairo, Egypt in Arabic (with English subtitles).
See how the Bible outlines history as a series of kingdoms that rose and fell…until Jesus came to usher in the Eternal Kingdom of God with the Snapshot of the Bible .

Available as a Wall Chart —great for class leaders, or a Fold-Out —perfect for students!
Great and gracious God, we praise You for sharing Your eternal wisdom with us through Your written Word and above all through Your Living Word, Jesus. May we never seek the applause of those around us, but only the desire to know, praise and serve You. Inspire us at all times to walk out-of-step with the world and in-step with Your Servant Son. We ask all these things in the Name of Jesus, Who alone is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Amen. (From Crossways ® student manual)
Offer good on  Crossways ® , The Divine Drama ® , See Through the Scriptures ® , and The Bible's Big Story Class Packages.

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Valid July 1-31, 2018.