March, 2012

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Monthly Archives: March 2012

A Longing for More

When I was a little girl growing up in largely-rural northwest Missouri, some of my favorite playtimes revolved around imagining I lived in a different time and place. I would most often imagine I was a pioneer girl, riding horses, living out of a covered wagon headed west, frequently terrorized by wild savages. Sometimes I

New Crossing Web Feature: Point of Focus

ESI readers might be interested to know that we’ve just started a new monthly feature on The Crossing’s website called Point of Focus. It’s designed to help you better understand the Bible and theology, defend the Christian worldview, and engage in cultural issues from a biblical perspective. You can check it out here. This month’s

Former President Weighs in on How to Approach the Bible

Here’s something you don’t see every day: a former President of the United States “headlining” an edition of the NIV Bible.  But that’s exactly what Zondervan has done with Jimmy Carter—who, in addition to being our 39th chief executive, is a nuclear engineer by training and longtime Sunday school teacher.  According to the Amazon.com product

Cleaning House

Having been a Christian for over 14 years now, I can look back on my walk with Christ and clearly see how He has been oh-so-slowly sanding off the many, many rough edges, and so very patiently sanctifying me. I still have a few (OK, a lot of) rough edges, to be sure, but nowadays

Songs and Scenes from Sunday, March 25, 2012

Today’s worship service was planned and led by Andrew Luley. The Songs and Scenes review features photos provided by Nate Herndon. You’ll find links in the song titles that will allow you to purchase recorded versions of the songs where available. I Sing the Mighty Power of God – Words: Isaac Watts (1715), Music and

What Biblical Inerrancy Is…and Isn’t

What is the Bible? Is it God’s own trustworthy revelation of truth?  Or is it something else?  Perhaps a valuable but corrupted history or collection of writings that hide gems of insight in the mud of another era’s biases and shortcomings? The answer to that question will go a long way in determining how we

“Am I Really Saved?”

You know, I think I’ve lost count of the number of times that other people have asked me that question – “Am I really saved?” It seems to come up in conversation a lot, particularly as I’m often in conversation with people who are struggling to give up deeply sinful behaviors, lifestyles that run contrary

Songs and Scenes from Sunday, March 18, 2012

This week’s Songs and Scenes review features photos provided by Gerik Parmele and Nate Herndon. You’ll find links in the song titles that will allow you to purchase recorded versions of the songs where available. Awakening by Chris Tomlin and Reuben Morgan Awakening served as our call to worship this week. When we sing this

Altars Without Building Permits

As a child growing up in northwest Missouri, I was given the opportunity to live in two starkly contrasting environments, living situations that served to teach me some important lessons about money, among other things. When I was eight years old, my parents divorced. I moved with my mother and brother to another town. For

The Gospel: Good News or Good Advice

Not too long ago I met a friend for lunch and while we ate he shared how he was discouraged because he wasn’t seeing a lot of spiritual success in his life. Having become a Christian about a year or so ago, he expected to be further along the path to Christ-likeness. But instead he