June, 2010

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Monthly Archives: June 2010

The Case Against Happiness

“I’m wondering if a parent’s happiness is overrated.” So begins Tony Woodlief, filling in for regular Atlantic blogger Megan McArdle, in a post entitled “The Case Against Happiness.” Here are a few excerpts from what amounts to his brief but intriguing defense of parenting: Any parent will tell you children are difficult, and they wear

Driving with the Air Bag Off…Again

By now, any remotely-attentive parent knows that kids can be seriously hurt – or even killed – should an automobile air bag deploy directly toward a child’s face (or the backside of an infant car carrier). Because we love our kids, then, we quite intentionally hit the air bag “kill” switch whenever they ride up

Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs: June 27, 2010

This week’s music set-list review features photos by Scott Myers. You can learn more about Scott and his photography in this video shown in last week’s worship service. You’ll find links in the song titles that will allow you to purchase versions of the songs as recorded by the original artists. High Beyond Imagination  –

Uncovering “Christian Pride” at Home and Abroad

As you read this particular post to ESI, I am in Jamaica with three of our teenage girls. I arrived Sunday afternoon (June 20th) and for the past five days have been completely unplugged from my daily routine, living out a very different kind of reality. No phone, no e-mail…no contact at all with my

Revisiting The Shack

The most obvious question to bring up at the outset of this post is simply, “Why bring up The Shack again?” After all, Paul Young’s book was published in 2007 and the tidal wave of interest in the book has seemingly receded quite a bit. Well, there are a couple of reasons. The first is

The Greatest of All Father’s Day Gifts

One of the pastors at The Crossing caught me off guard one time by very bluntly telling me that I was “just about the least-likely Christian” he had ever met: “And heck, let’s be honest, Warren…if you came to faith in Christ, then there is all kinds of hope for the rest of us…and that

Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs: June 20, 2010

This week’s music set-list review features photos by Christine Cover. 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 House of God Forever by Jon Foreman Every so often, we like to play a song before the start of the

The Crossing’s Mission Trip to Jamaica

In just mere hours The Crossing Student Ministries will be taking 47 people to Harmons, Jamaica for a mission trip (don’t bother Googling it…Harmons is so small it doesn’t show up. It’s in Manchester Parish). The 47 are comprised of a few leaders, and then close to half and half students and parents. While down

You’ve Been Warned: Life’s Hard

There’s a good chance that you are unfamiliar with the name Michael Spencer (aka the Internet Monk). But Spencer was behind one of the most widely read Christian blogs in the country consistently ranking in the top ten. In early April he died after a brief fight with cancer. Michael Spencer was 53. Recently his

The Religious Fundamentalism of Bill Maher

On May 16, I preached a sermon entitled, “Fundamentalism vs Freedom.” I spoke about how the Christianity we see in the Book of Acts is not a religious fundamentalism. Where we do see religious fundamentalism in Acts is on the part of those who oppose the Christian message. I spoke about the most pressing form