Innies vs Outies

The first time that I saw an outie I didn’t have a name for it. It belonged to my step brother. Had he been in an accident? A lot has happened since that day including me learning that my step brother hadn’t been in an accident and that he wasn’t alone. Approximately 10% of people

3 Reminders for the Weary Mom

Being a mom can be hard. I’m only five months into this motherhood thing, but the longer I’m in the more I begin to understand what busy moms go through each day and what it really means when everyone tells you how sanctifying this new season of life will be.

Enter into our past weekend: I’m sick with some kind of stomach bug, my husband is away for work and ministry events, and my son becomes a feverish and clingy five month old who no longer cares that sleeping is actually a gracious gift from God. I would love to report that I handled everything with perfect poise and patience toward everyone around me. But it would probably be closer to the truth to say that, in fact, I was once again reminded that my sin runs far deeper than I usually care to admit.

Where Do Our Desires/Ideas/Beliefs Come From?

Why do you think the way you do about a given issue? Why do you feel the way you do about a particular product? Where did you get the goals you have for your life? Where did you come up with that last project proposal?

My guess is that the answers to those kinds of questions are usually complex. But I can’t help but think that this video speaks to at least part of the equation—a part we rarely think much about. Take a look to see what I mean. (You’ll need to click on the YouTube logo at the bottom of the video.)

Christian Oxymoron: ‘Repentance On My Terms’

Isaiah 30:15 This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.” Acts 3:19 Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing

Songs and Scenes: March 1, 2015

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Songs and Scenes is a weekly blog review of songs, readings and prayers featured in The Crossing’s Sunday morning liturgy. Today’s liturgy recap features photos by Scott Myers. You’ll find links in the song titles that will allow you to purchase recorded versions of the songs when available.

Getting Ready for Sunday March 1st at The Crossing


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.

5 Things I Wish I did More as a Mom

Similar to the post I wrote two weeks ago about my role as a wife, I thought it would be worth my time to think of ways I could better myself as a mother. Parenting is one of the most humbling things I do, so there are certainly more than five things I wish I did more as a mom, but here are some of my initial reflections: