May, 2012

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Monthly Archives: May 2012

Book Notes

Here are some of the books that I’ve been reading lately. If you have any book suggestions, feel free to leave them in the comments. Killing Floor by Lee Child This is the first book in what has turned into a long series following the exploits of Jack Reacher, a former Military Policeman. Reacher stumbles

Why Read (and Discuss) Steve Jobs?

Of course there are a lot of reasons a person might want to read a biography one of the greatest innovators of a generation. But why discuss a book about Steve Jobs at a church like The Crossing (which is exactly what we’re doing tonight)? Is it because most of our staff likes Apple products?

‘Shedding the Blood of Creation’ as Sacrament or Sacrilege

“There is absolutely no reason a piece of furniture should not last hundreds of years. Literally, hundreds of years.” So says Harrison Higgins, a maker of custom furniture based in Richmond, Virginia. According to his website, Higgins began making furniture over 30 years ago as an apprentice to a German furniture maker. In a short

Songs and Scenes from Sunday, May 27, 2012

This week’s music set 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. The Prayer of St. Francis – Words: St. Francis of Assisi (translation c. 1912), Music: David A. Cover and Christine Cover O Divine Master,grant that

Collision, Part 2: God’s Storyline vs. Our Expectations

Years ago, I was joking with a family member that I needed to pray for more patience, because I was seriously lacking in that fruit of the spirit at the moment. My family member responded, sounding alarmed, “Don’t pray for patience! God will send you things to test your patience!” This past Monday, my husband

Why Is Mark In Mark?

Yesterday I received this email from a member of The Crossing:“I’m reading through Mark and wondered if you could enlighten me with the significance of verses 51-52 of Ch 14? They are not in Matthew and I just wondered why they were included, as it seems they don’t have anything to do with the Gospel

What Makes a “Good Christian Movie”: Pt. 2

Last week I highlighted a blog discussion initiated by The Gospel Coalition that explored what excellence in Christian filmmaking might look like and how it might be achieved. I also promised to share more of my own perspective on the subject (unsolicited thought it may be). Here then are at least a few steps in

Collision: God’s Storyline vs. Our Expectations

It’s been said before that at least part of the underlying reason for the recent resurgence of speakers and authors doggedly advocating an atheistic worldview is a collective, horrified response to the death and destruction unleashed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C. – as well as the decade-long

Songs and Scenes from Sunday, May 20, 2012

Today’s Songs and Scenes review features photos provided by Lana Eklund. You’ll find links in the song titles to help you purchase recorded versions of the songs when available. Come Ye Sinners – Words: Joseph Hart, Music: Matthew Smith Come, ye sinners, poor and wretched,Weak and wounded, sick and sore;Jesus, ready, stands to save you,Full

The Politico

It is no secret the political climate is heating up as we find ourselves in another election year. There has already been significant turnover within the primary season as many incumbents are finding their constituents less than impressed with their legislative efforts and voting record. One of the first major upsets of the primary season