Do I Have to Carve Jesus into a Pumpkin to be a Christian at Halloween?

Halloween is met with mixed reactions from Christians. Some say that participating in Halloween gives sanction to a holiday that promotes witches, divination, and other occult practices. Others participate in the drunkenness and debauchery that accompany the holiday. And still others create “hell housesjesus-pumpkin4” at their church, attempting to shock young people and scare them into becoming Christians.

We’ve all heard reasons why Christians shouldn’t celebrate Halloween, and there’s no doubt that the origin of this holiday was pagan in nature. But what if, as Christians, we used Halloween well, not celebrating its pagan roots but redeeming it for Christ’s purposes? You don’t have to carve Jesus into a pumpkin to glorify God this year (but props to you if you can do it). Here’s a few ways to think about Halloween: 

Cor Update and New Website

Check Out Cor’s New Website: corcolumbia.org The school year crept up on us before we realized we never sent out an end of spring/summer Cor update! We apologize and hope you enjoy the pictures and info that follows. It was an amazing summer, filled with a LOT of traveling and activities with guys, and even

Guatemala and Honduras Info Meetings:

Guatemala ASELSI Partnership Info Meeting Sunday: October 7 @ 9:45 am Location: Rm. 319 (Student Center) The Crossing has been a longtime partner with the mission organization ASELSI (aselsi.org) in Chichicastenango, Guatemala, supporting them with both financial needs and yearly mission teams. Consider meeting ASELSI directors, Emanuel and Jessica Pérez to learn more about ASELSI

Praying With The Psalms – Psalm 111

I often will turn to a Psalm in the Bible to help my prayer time with God in the morning. Like anyone, I find some Psalms more applicable to my life at the moment than others. For example, some Psalms are rather intense pleas for God’s deliverance from and judgment of the psalmist’s “enemies” (see

Racefield School in Kenya: Update

Since 2006, The Crossing has supported special projects at Racefield School which is located in a very drought-prone and impoverished area of Kenya near Mwingi town. The school takes in paying boarding students while also providing education for at-risk orphans and vulnerable children. Despite the poverty of their situation, Racefield remains commited to educational excellence

Seven Quick Thoughts on Praying with Your Kids

Most of us probably think it’s a good idea, at least in theory, to pray with our kids at bedtime. But we may be unsure of what we should pray with them about. Or we may think we sound like one of those particularly annoying toys that repeats the same phrases over and over again. Not to mention all the times when we’re dog-tired or the kids are on the verge of meltdown because they’ve stayed up way too late for one reason or another. And in my house at least, there’s three of the little buggers, which in itself can make the hill look that much higher to climb. So yes, there are plenty of things that might discourage us from turning something good in theory into our actual practice.

With all that in mind, here are a few things to remember as we consider praying for our kids. I’ve thought of bedtime specifically as I’ve written these, but I think they’re relevant for most other times as well.

Unsolicited Advice from a Repentant, Sober Father*

My dearest daughter, you are a woman now. That being the case, I have thought long and hard about the wisdom of offering any advice unsolicited. However, having personally witnessed the ongoing, year-after-bloody-year heartache (and untold destruction) wrought by the scourge of addiction, I decided that the risk of you rolling your eyes at me

Pray for Bible Translation in Zambia…and Beyond

The Crossing supports Bible translation around the globe through SIL International and other organizations. Being the kind of church that is “moving hearts and minds of more people to believe that Jesus Is More“ isn’t just something we value for our community, it is something we support through generous and purposeful missions giving. For instance,

How to Talk to Your Kids About Sex

Talking to our kids about sex can be one of the more daunting and awkward things we do as parents. But if we don’t, who will?

As it turns out, lots of people. And that’s the problem.

Movies, music, and magazines, TV shows and their commercials, online images and everyday conversations with friends—they’re all regularly communicating ideas about sex to our kids. And those ideas are often a significant distortion of the good and powerful gift that God has given us in sex.

Consider a few illuminating stats:

Coyote Hill Open House: This Sunday

Open House: Sunday, September 9th 1 – 4 PM at Coyote Hill: Directions ~~See firsthand the legacy you are building at Coyote Hill~~ Enjoy Games, Bounce House, Hayrides, FREE Smokin’ Chicks BBQ and Kona Ice! Presented by: For more complete info about Coyote Hill, read this 2016 ministry partner spotlight post from the ESI archive: