February, 2010

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Monthly Archives: February 2010

Don’t Just Keep Eating Your Dinner

The Haiti earthquake is now over a month behind us. Have you forgotten? To one degree or another I’m sure almost all of us have forgotten, we certainly aren’t as emotionally distraught as we were four weeks ago. Is that okay? At one level, of course it is. If the emotional toil which tragedies affect

Music, T-Shirts and Bumper Stickers

I have had what I consider to be a fortunate upbringing. My parents are believers who lived out the gospel daily in front of me through both their actions and their words. You could accurately say I was raised in the church. My early years were a blessing in that I was spared much of

Love Languages: Now For The Bad

The Love Language series by Gary Chapman has become one of the more popular and even influential set of books on relationships within the Christian (and even non-Christian) community. While there are helpful aspects of the books which I’ve personally benefited from, I’m not sure that the book is all that profitable. In fact, I

True/False and The Crossing’s Philosophy of Ministry

Now that this is our second year of sponsoring the True Life Film of the True/False Film Festival, probably most people that are part of The Crossing understand why we want to be involved with True/False. But for the benefit of those who are new to The Crossing in the past year, or for those

A Cure for Grumbling in the Wilderness

Events had led me to the conclusion that I was experiencing a proverbial “no good, terrible, very bad day.” I can specifically point to the major problem being a broken refrigerator, which had led, in turn, to a major change in expectations for my day off. If memory serves, the discovery that our hot water

Embracing Helplessness as a Spiritual Discipline

We have all experienced those absolutely dreadful moments when we run full-on into The Situation That Simply Will Not Be Managed (TSTSWNBM), the stubborn face of our waking reality – at high noon on a sunny day – staring back at us impassively, completely unimpressed with our efforts to circumvent…and absolutely impervious to our attempts

Disclaimer: Observations on Tiger Woods’ Statement

I’m not here to dissect his statement yesterday. Many have ripped it to shreds as nothing more than a PR move which contained no sincerity. Others have called it the greatest celebrity apology in memory. My point in discussing this is not to weigh in on that argument. But before we start I will say

Closet Gnomes and Mud Pies

I have a gnome in my basement. She lives in the walk-in closet of one of the downstairs bedrooms. Her name is Claire, and most people know her as one of my daughters, but around the Mayer home, she has also become known to all of us as The Closet Gnome. Claire is now living

Love Languages: Good or Bad?

Everywhere I look it seems that I run into someone carrying around one of Gary Chapman’s books on Love Languages. There are plenty to choose from and it seems that he’s left no demographic untouched. There are Love Language books targeted at adults, teens, children, singles, and men. There’s a Love Language devotional, small group

Why The Crossing is a Sponsor for True/False Again This Year

Perhaps you’ve heard that The Crossing is a sponsor of the True/False Film Festival again this year. In fact, we have actually agreed to a three-year contract with True/False for us to be the sole sponsor of what’s called the True Life film, which is a documentary that usually focuses on an issue of social