‘Pursuing Love’ and Our Prodigals

I recently picked up a book with what seemed like a terrible title to me, but was written by a man whose writing I have come to respect and have learned a lot from in the last year. Jack Miller – pastor, evangelist, author and founder of World Harvest Mission, as well as father to

Getting Ready for Sunday Aug. 31 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

I Need Wisdom Not More Information

Guest Post from Lynn Roush, counselor at The Crossing. Do you know someone who is wise? Not smart, talented, brilliant, funny, successful, well-read or even spiritual. There are plenty of talking heads, experts and scholars that overwhelm us with their words and fill our heads. In an era of instant information, on-demand knowledge, 24-hour news

Talking to Your Kids About Sex

My wife and I are the parents of three kids, and though the oldest is just starting second grade, we’ve been occasionally discussing how to talk with our kids about sex. In fact, it might be better to say that we’ve been discussing how to continue talking to them about the subject (more on this below).

To be sure, we’re not having or even planning a comprehensive conversation with them anytime soon (more on this below as well), but we are trying to think through how to approach the whole issue now and as our kids get older. This brings me quickly to two important points:

1. If you’re wondering if we’re jumping the gun with our kids about sex, I’m not sure whether you’ve been paying enough attention. I don’t say that to be annoying, but rather to point out that kids in our culture are exposed to sex and sensuality earlier and more often than ever before. And this is apart from all the naturally inquisitive questions that kids tend to raise at any age (you guessed it: more below).

2. That beings said, we haven’t figured it all out. Not even close.

So while my wife and I will probably never be qualified to write a book and start scheduling seminar tours, I did recently run across an article from Mollie Hemmingway that I found to be full of good, practical advice. I’ll include several of her points here along with excerpts, but I really encourage you to read the whole thing.

Who Are You…Really?

My ears always perk up when I hear someone use the common phrase, “I’m a good person,” or – even more revealing – “We’re good Christians.” Most often, the person speaking is simply trying to make some sort of distinction between themselves (or their people group) and those who commit horrific sins against others, perhaps

Songs and Scenes: Sunday, August 24, 2014

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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. You’ll find links in the song titles that will allow you to purchase recorded versions of the songs where available.

Getting Ready for Sunday, Aug. 24th, at The Crossing

After a few weeks off for vacation, the Friday “how to prepare for Sunday” posts are back. 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