July, 2012

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Monthly Archives: July 2012

When a Child’s Best Interests Become ‘Expendable’

As a believer, I always want to have hope that two people – particularly Christians – can work out their differences in the wake of a divorce and get along with each other, assuming both parties are willing to do so. Sadly, what I find most often is that one party is seeking to live

We Need a Hero

One of the most discussed details emerging from the horrible tragedy in Aurora is the acts of heroism displayed by a few young men. There is consistent and reliable information to corroborate three distinct examples of men acting as human shields for women in close proximity. Of course we don’t know for certain if these

Joe Haslag: Seeing The Lord’s Supper Differently Now

Dr. Joseph Haslag, Economics professor at the University of Missouri, is a somewhat-new member of The Crossing. He and I were talking recently about how his views have changed regarding Communion (the Lord’s Supper) since gaining a better understanding and belief in the gospel. I thought his insightful comments were worth sharing with others, so

The Dark Knight Rises

I’ve been a fan of Batman for literally as long as I can remember, so it doesn’t exactly take arm twisting for me to opine a bit about the climactic chapter of director Christopher Nolan’s Bat-trilogy, The Dark Night Rises.  The long and the short of it: Rises satisfied my own considerable expectations. In fact,

Power and Mercy to Free the Enslaved Heart

Praise the Lord, all nations! Extol him, all peoples! For great is his steadfast love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord! (Psalm 117) It seemed only fitting to open my post this week with some strong words of praise to the Lord. In His unfathomable grace and mercy,

Songs and Scenes from July 22, 2012

This week’s Songs and Scenes review features photos graciously provided by Scott Myers. You’ll find links in the song titles to help you purchase recorded versions of the songs when available. Gathering Song: Wandering Soul by David A. Cover and Christine Cover There’s nothing I can do to take away the shame that I feel.

A Time to Weep, A Time to Mourn

Last night, while many of us were sleeping, a deeply-disturbed young man entered a midnight showing of the latest Batman movie in Aurora, Co., and began firing his guns into the crowd, taking at least a dozen lives and seriously injuring many others. Both the President and Mitt Romney quickly offered their condolences and used

Positive Update from Sunday

As many of you experienced or have subsequently heard about, we had a bit more excitement last Sunday during the second service than usual: Crossing member Gary Long collapsed during Shay’s sermon, prompting several medical professionals in attendance to provide timely treatment before he was eventually taken by ambulance to the hospital. Thankfully, we’re able

The Very Simplest of Prayers: ‘Shall I Go Up?’

As I have slowly begun the process of surrendering large areas of my life to Christ’s control, living among and ministering alongside believers far more faithful than myself, it has been my observation that God is well pleased to do the vast majority of His work through the agency of individual believers who are prepared

Songs and Scenes from Sunday, July 15, 2012

This week’s Songs and Scenes review features photos graciously provided by Scott Myers. You’ll find links in the song titles to help you purchase recorded versions of the songs when available. O Come Let Us Adore Him – Traditional (Adeste Fideles) O come, let us adore Him,O come, let us adore Him,O come, let us