Have You Had Your Botox Today?

“Cosmetic surgery has become the new makeup,” reads a line in last week’s Time Magazine. The normalization and the democratization of plastic surgery in America is happening fast.

plastic-final-cover1“In the U.S., doctors performed over 15 million cosmetic procedures in 2014, a 13% increase from 2011 and more than twice as many as in 2000. Most of the nearly $13 billion Americans spend on cosmetic procedures is for surgery–lipo and boob jobs are consistently the top moneymakers.

But it’s the cheaper, nonsurgical procedures that have become commonplace. U.S. doctors perform more than five times as many nonsurgical procedures as surgeries, delivering 3.6 million rounds of Botox (and other non-name-brand injectable neuromodulators), along with 1.7 million shots of Juvederm, Restylane and similar fillers. Dermatologists have gone from doctors to beauticians…

An industry that was once exclusively for rich Beverly Hills and Manhattan women has been thoroughly democratized. In 2005 more than two-thirds of cosmetic-surgery patients in the U.S. made $60,000 or less. Most people getting nonsurgical procedures probably made less. As of 2007 the city with the most plastic surgeons per capita was Salt Lake City.”

Responding to the Supreme Court’s Same-Sex Marriage Decision

As you’ve probably heard, last Friday the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges recognized same-sex marriage as a right protected by the United States Constitution. For those Christians who ascribe to a biblical understanding of marriage—that it involves a unique union between one man and one woman—the ruling is a cause to think carefully about how to respond. No doubt that answer deserves much more than a single blog post, but here are at least a few broad points to consider:

Meet the New Boss…Yet Again

For the past few days, I’ve been reflecting on two passages of Scripture, the first nine verses of Genesis 11 and the opening lines from Psalm 2. What I find most interesting about the story of the Tower of Babel is that it represents the pride and achievement of mankind, the height and pinnacle of

Getting Ready for Sunday June 28th 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.

Keith Simon continues our sermon series, “Life According to the Psalms,” with a sermon entitled “The King Worthy of Your Submission,” from Psalm 72. The Scripture reads,

432 Years or 23 Ears: Does it matter in eternity?

These tiny blocks are very precious to me. They represent far more than the $1.80 they cost me at my favorite gift store.

432 years

I was fortunate enough to attend a parenting seminar at The Crossing a few years back where two godly, wise women shared some insight on how to parent well. In particular, one of them walked up to the dry erase board in the old, tatty trailers and wrote 10,000. She explained that our parenting should be centered on things that will matter in 10,000 years.

I went home and immediately decided I wanted to remember this. This doesn’t just pertain to parenting – I want to remember this in all areas of my life. So I searched through the gift store for some way to decorate my house with this reminder to base my life on eternal things, not temporal things that will pass away. I found these blocks, and after a search through the basket, 432 was the highest number I could find so I went with that (same idea, right?). My search for how to decorate my house was over, but the lesson it was teaching me was just beginning.

Mini-Movie Review: Inside Out

MV5BOTgxMDQwMDk0OF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNjU5OTg2NDE@._V1_SX214_AL_Pixar strikes again. With its latest feature, Inside Out, the celebrated animation studio has once more managed to fashion a work that combines striking creativity with real insight into the human condition.

Inside Out renders our ever-changing internal experiences as a cleverly imagined world behind the eyes. The hub of this mindscape is the appropriately named Headquarters, in which a handful of personified emotions both cooperate and compete to shape the personality and actions of Riley, a young girl grappling with the challenges of her family’s cross-country move. The premise allows for a host of creative plot devices, including the Train of Thought, an indifferently guarded subconscious (with Riley’s fear of clowns among those locked inside), a studio that churns out nightly dream productions and a deep, dark chasm in which memories are discarded forever. The movie’s casting is nearly perfectly, with Amy Poehler’s leading turn as Joy being a prime example. And Pixar’s ability to deliver captivating animation is, as usual, on full display.

Unless the Lord Builds Bedtime

As a parent of young adults – as well as an eight-year-old – I know firsthand how hard parenting can be. No matter how many parenting books you read or how much advice you seek from others, there are simply times when it feels like parenting is an unsolvable mystery. I really thought when my