January, 2011

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Monthly Archives: January 2011

Fearless Love: A Willingness to Enter In

Just last week, I was called upon to make an uncompromising, yes-or-no stand for something that I firmly believed was right. And yet, shockingly, I did not greet this fiery trial with even a hint of rejoicing; I was both surprised and saddened to see how little I actually wanted to do the right thing,

Darrin Patrick, John MacArthur, and Responding to Criticism

The Bible tends to talk a good amount about things like correction, rebuke, and reproof (2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Timothy 2:25, Proverbs 15:5, Proverbs 15:10…I could go on and on). There’s good reason for that. One, we all need correction and criticism on a regular basis. It’s one of the means which God uses to

The Essence of Love in the Epitome of Tragedy

I have been told by more than one source there is nothing more painful than dealing with the loss of a child. I have observed close friends as they have walked such a path. I have cried alongside my friends, but cannot even begin to imagine the depth of the sorrow they will forever feel

The Fine Art of Complaining Documented in the NYT

I never cease to be amazed at the things that people complain about. Back on December 19, the New York Times wrote an article detailing the hardships that many employees of financial institutions were undergoing because they weren’t going to receive a year end bonus. You no doubt recall that the current economic downturn was,

We’d All Be Crying Right Now

We should all be crying right now. Surprisingly covered throughout the national news this past week was the arrest of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell, 69, who is indicted on eight counts of murder for killing a woman during an abortion procedure, as well as for the deaths of seven other babies who were born alive

Feeling the Weight of Glory

Readers, I’ve observed, are spectacularly varied in how they go about their task. Some like absolute quiet. Others are more comfortable with the steady hum of background noise (which, by the way, is half the attraction of coffee shops…much of the other half being the coffee). Some treat the physical copy of a book with

“Spiders in an Art Museum”

I think I came to a real turning point in my own walk of faith when, at last, it finally sunk in that I was one of the deaf, dumb and blind people Jesus was constantly referring to during the three years of His earthly ministry…even though I did not want to admit it. Up

Songs and Scenes from Sunday, January 23, 2011

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). He is Yahweh by Dean Salyn. Who is moving on the waters? Who is holding up the moon?Who is peeling back the darkness with the

Book Tip: Piper’s Desiring God Revised Edition

John Piper’s Desiring God is in the greatest hits of many Crossing staff members. It’s in my top 5, and has probably (outside of the Bible) been the most influential book in my Christian life. I’m mentioning the book here because it’s been 25 years since its initial release, and a revised edition was released

A Greater Love

I knew I liked Elsa well over two years ago. It was the fall of 2008, and my husband and I were evaluating Church Initiative’s DivorceCare curriculum together, watching and discussing the program’s 13 video segments prior to offering this class at The Crossing for the first time early in 2009. Elsa Kok Colopy was