Crossing Explainer: What is Advent?

If you’ve spent much time around a church during the holiday season, you’re probably heard the term “Advent” several times. But beyond associating the word with the Christmas season, many of us might not have the clearest idea of its significance.

Our English word “Advent” comes from the Latin adventus, which is a translation of the Greek term parousia, meaning “coming” or “arrival.” Western Christians have historically observed Advent during the four Sundays leading up to Christmas.

But what specifically are we observing? To sum it up briefly, Advent is a season of expectation. In it, we turn our attention to the coming of Christ. And to do so, we look both backward and forward.

11 Observations in 11 Years of Parenting

erin-and-jackEleven years ago tomorrow, in a country far, far away, a baby just shy of seven pounds was born. This little baby was thrust into the arms of a 27-year-old girl, who although she had blissfully plowed through nine months of pregnancy, was unaware of all this parenting gig held. Day by day this young mom tried her best, sometimes getting things right, often making mistakes. Now eleven years have flown by and as she prepares to celebrate her son’s 11th birthday, she is more aware than ever how she has been changed, and is still being changed, through her role as mother. As she reflects back over these years, here are eleven observations* (in no particular order).

A Love That Intentionally Wounds

Yesterday, Crossing pastor Keith Simon gave a powerful sermon – “God is Not Enough” – on the value and necessity of community to the Christian’s walk of faith, a strong antidote to the common (but mistaken) belief many believers hold onto, namely “Just me and Jesus…and I’m good!” I can’t begin to add to all

Songs and Scenes: Advent 12.04.16


December 4th was the second Sunday of Advent 2016. Advent (which means “coming” or “arrival”) is a season where the church remembers Christ’s first coming and anticipates his promised return It is a season characterized by prayer, quiet waiting and joyful expectation.

This post reviews the songs from the the second Sunday of Advent. We’ve included a link to a Spotify playlist of Sunday’s songs (when available) so you can enjoy listening to them throughout your week. This week’s liturgy recap features photos by Andrew Herdon.

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Getting Ready for Sunday December 4 at The Crossing

This week we continue our sermon series, “Running the Race of Your Life,” as Keith Simon preaches a sermon entitled, “God is not Enough” from Genesis 1:26–27 and 2:18. The Scripture reads,

Is Smoking Pot A Sin?

marijuanaUp until a few years ago when voters in Washington and Colorado passed amendments legalizing recreational marijuana use, this question would have been easy to answer. Smoking pot was a sin because it was illegal and only in special circumstances are Christians allowed to break the law.

But today there are 28 states that allow for medical marijuana and 8 allow people over a certain age to use it recreationally. The old, “It’s illegal” argument against marijuana isn’t going to cut it anymore. Or maybe it will? Did you know the federal government still forbids the use of the drug. From USA Today…

Marijuana will remain a Schedule 1 substance under the Controlled Substances Act. Substances in Schedule 1 are determined by the Food and Drug Administration to have no medical use. States that allow marijuana for medical use or legalize recreational use remain in defiance of federal law.

The reality is that recreational usage being declared legal in an increasing number of states means that the old arguments (“It’s illegal.”) aren’t as persuasive. Christians will have to wrestle with their position and ask whether it’s okay to smoke or ingest marijuana for non medical reasons?