May, 2010

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Monthly Archives: May 2010

Doctrine and Heresy at Our Kitchen Tables

For whatever reason, most folks tend to get offended when you label any portion of their religious belief system as heretical. Admittedly, the very word – heretic – conjures up tragic visions of people being tortured and/or burned at the stake for their beliefs. I suspect that the strong negative connotation of this word is

Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs: May 30, 2010

Every week, Every Square Inch features a review of songs and readings from The Crossing’s Sunday services. You’ll find links in the song titles that will allow you to purchase versions of the songs as recorded by the original artists. The Love of God by F.H. Lehman We started our service with this hymn written

Saying No Because You’ve Already Said Yes

I’m tempted to busyness. Or maybe it’s busybodied-ness. Either way, there’s often a temptation for me to say “yes” to every request for help, to every project I see that needs completion. There are many reasons we’re tempted to be busy. There are many reasons why we struggle to say “no.” Here are two big

My Life as a Functional Atheist

I love to see God at work in the details of life. I get excited when I see His hand moving in “the small stuff,” probably because I have historically found it so hard to believe He would care about the small stuff. So it is that I’ve been struck by His presence lately and

Lost without “Lost”?

Okay, I gave everyone a chance. I was sure someone from the pool of contributors to Every Square Inch would take the challenge of critiquing the end of one of the most successful TV series in history. Well, as Dave would say; “crickets”. I am a relatively new Lost fan. I must admit my wife

The Dali Lama vs Jesus

The Dali Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, appeared on the New York Times opinion page on Monday with an article entitled Many Faiths, One Truth. As the title suggests the gist of the column is that the differences between the world’s religions are not nearly as important as the areas of agreement.

 According to the Dali Lama,

Do You Watch the Theology of Your “Christian” Books?

There is certainly no shortage of “Christian” books to read. Many of them are definitely worth reading. Probably most of them will ruin your life. Few things are more destructive than “Christian” books with bad theology. They are like a Trojan Horse that you let into your view of God and yourself and everything that

A Prophet in His Time?

Recovering from “trench fever” in the middle of World War I, a young atheist named C. S. Lewis encountered the writing of G. K. Chesterton for the first time. He later wrote of the experience in his spiritual autobiography, Surprised by Joy: I had never heard of [Chesterton] and had no idea of what he

Strategies for Fighting an Unrelenting Enemy

Whenever my wife and I, operating independently of one another, highlight the exact same passage – either in Scripture or in some other book we are reading – it tends to get our attention. “Oh, yeah…you noticed that, too?” Neither of us believes in coincidence; instead, we tend to view these episodes of freakishly-likeminded thinking

Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs: May 23, 2010

Welcome to The Crossing’s weekly worship music set-list review with photos by Scott Myers. You’ll find links in the song titles, which allow you to purchase version of the songs as recorded by the original artists. Here I Am to Worship by Tim Hughes Here I Am to Worship is a well-loved song at The