December, 2010

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Monthly Archives: December 2010

A Simple, Three-Word Prayer for 2011

Yet another Christmas has come and gone, New Year’s Day is close at hand, and whether or not we are the type of person who likes to make resolutions, this time of year tends to cause all of us to look around a bit, assess our lives with more scrutiny than normal and try to

Songs and Scenes from December 26, 2010

This week’s Sunday song review features photos by Scott Myers. You’ll find links in the song titles that will allow you to purchase recorded versions of the songs (where available). Angels We Have Heard On High – Words: Traditional French carol, Music: Traditional French melody, Based on an arrangement by Chris Tomlin (with new chorus

Christmas Eve at The Crossing: December 24, 2010

“The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was going to come into the world.” – John 1:9 O Come, All Ye Faithful – Words and Tune: attr. John Francis Wade (1742), tr. Frederick Oakeley (1841), Music: Irregular (Adeste Fiedeles) Arrangement by Chris Tomlin Yea, Lord, we greet Thee, born this

In Defense of Christmas

Just a quick note to point you to some helpful Christmas Day reading. In yesterday’s Wall St. Journal, John Wilson, editor of Books and Culture (an evangelical review and sister publication to Christianity Today) addressed the charge that Christians are overemphasizing Christmas, particularly in comparison to Easter. The gist of his take: Where to start

Great Unimaginable Love

The article caught my attention in an e-mail I received this week, an electronic newsletter from the Little League Baseball Association. It was the story of a young man who had played Little League ball for six years as a young boy, then went on to join the military and give his life in Iraq

Christmas Gift Ideas, or, A Gift of Ideas (Updated)

By now, you’ve probably seen a good number of gift idea lists, including the one offered last week by our own Keith Simon. I’ll admit that I regret not thinking of a similar list earlier. After all, it’s amazing how quickly Tuesday—a.k.a. “my day to post”—rolls around every week. But even if I could come

The Greatest of All Rescue Missions

Last night, our entire family watched the 2009, computer-animated version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol starring the voices of Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Robin Wright Penn and Cary Elwes. None of us had seen this particular Disney version prior to last night…that fact, in and of itself, is something of a rarity in a

The Fourth Sunday of Advent: December 19, 2010

This week marks the fourth Sunday of Advent, a season that remembers the story of Christ’s birth and anticipates His return. Sometimes it feels like the rough and noisy sounds and images that contain the empty sentimentalism of the season can overwhelm our thoughts and prevent us from turning our hopes and hearts to the

Is the Gospel Subservient to Ideology?

For over 30 years, Richard Cizik served as the Washington lobbyist for the National Association of Evangelicals. Cizik resigned in 2008 after openly supporting civil unions for homosexuals and revealing his vote for Barack Obama in the Virginia primary. I find it interesting Cizik has since resurfaced, forming the New Evangelical Partnership for the Common

Christmas Gift Ideas

Since Christmas is almost here, I have two sure to win suggestions for men (or at least men who have the same interests that I do). The first idea is the book Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. Hillenbrand’s first book was Seabiscuit which was about an unknown racehorse during the depression and was later made into