Getting Ready for Palm Sunday, March 29th, at The Crossing

Prepare

Worship on a Sunday starts before Sunday morning. That’s true not just for the band and the pastor and tech crew but for all of us. When you prepare ahead of time, you are getting yourself in the right frame of mind and heart. It gives you a chance to read the Bible passage in advance, see the song list, and get yourself ready. You can see some of the rationale here.

Dave Cover continues our sermon series in 1 Corinthians this week with a sermon entitled “Spiritual Gifts” from 1 Corinthians 14. The Scripture reads:

Getting Ready for Sunday March 22nd at The Crossing

Prepare

Worship on a Sunday starts before Sunday morning. That’s true not just for the band and the pastor and tech crew but for all of us. When you prepare ahead of time, you are getting yourself in the right frame of mind and heart. It gives you a chance to read the Bible passage in advance, see the song list, and get yourself ready. You can see some of the rationale here.

Charles Anderson continues our sermon series in 1 Corinthians this week with a sermon entitled “What’s on Your Head?” from 1 Corinthians 11:2–16. The Scripture reads:

There’s No Way SHE Is A Christian! No Way. Maybe Way? Another Story Of God’s Amazing Grace.

ann-marie-coxI admit that, although I know better, I still fall into the trap of thinking that some people are more (or less) likely to become Christians than other people. So when I saw “Why I Am Coming Out as a Christian” by Ana Marie Cox in The Daily Beast, I was more than a little suspicious. Was it a hit piece on Christianity? Or was she going to talk about Christianity in a way that neutered it of any real meaning making it into something that Jesus and the apostles wouldn’t recognize and wouldn’t offend modern secular sensitivities?

The Myth of ‘Being Completed’

You complete me.” “Will you accept this final rose?” “I’m only me when I’m with you.” Don’t we all want to hear those words said to us? Don’t we all want to feel like we’ve found that one person in the world who makes us whole, who meets our needs and gives us the happily ever after ending to our stories? Don’t we all want to feel like we’ve been chosen, that ‘our person’ is finally permanent?

Truth Vs. Opinions

Is it actually wrong to steal someone’s car for fun? How about cheating on a test in school, or treating someone poorly because of the their skin color?

For many of us in the United States—particularly kids in school—answering “yes” those questions might be more complicated than we might think.

In a recent piece for the New York Times, philosophy professor Justin McBrayer (who received his Ph.D. at Mizzou and attended The Crossing) writes of discovering two signs on the bulletin board of his son’s second grade class. They read:

Fact: Something that is true about a subject and can be tested or proven.

Opinion: What someone thinks, feels, or believes.

Note that these definitions apparently suggest that claims must either be a fact or an opinion. What’s the problem with that? McBrayer explains:

Songs and Scenes: Family Easter Celebration 2015

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Last night we hosted our annual Family Easter Celebration. Our good friend, Jason Houser of Seeds Family Worship joined us and lead us in worship. Jason also talked about the significance of Christ’s death and resurrection with the help of some great videos by Phil Vischer and the What’s In the Bible team.

Below, you’ll find links to the songs we sang last night as well as some photos highlighting the event. Thanks to everyone who came out and helped make it a memorable night for our church.

Rigorous Honesty Meets ‘Do I look fat in this dress?’

Shortly before Valentine’s Day, I was both highly amused and somewhat dismayed by an opinion piece written by UMKC philosophy/business ethics professor Clancy Martin. Suffice to say that Dr. Martin and I have very different opinions about the nature of love and the value of truth, but I think what bothered me most is that his