November, 2012

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Monthly Archives: November 2012

Black Thursday?

Having lived the last eight years in a country that doesn’t celebrate Thanksgiving, I have consequently also missed out on Black Friday. It’s not the thing I’ve missed most while living abroad, but I certainly like a good bargain, and with our impending move into our new house, we have assorted purchases to make, so

Rob Bell in the New Yorker

The New Yorker recently ran a story authored by Kelefa Sanneh on Rob Bell, the controversial former pastor of Mars Hill in Grand Rapids, MI. (This is not the Mars Hill of Seattle where Mark Driscoll is the pastor). For years the very talented Mr. Bell loved to play the role of evangelical provocateur and

The Freedom of Spiritual Poverty

During an episode of AMC’s Breaking Bad, two cancer patients sit side by side, awaiting PET scans. The younger patient describes to the older patient how cancer destroyed all his plans: a family and a new business. As a result, he finally learned to stop attempting to control his life. The older patient looks at

In Case of Whirlwind…

I suspect that many of us cling to the somewhat unfounded belief that our lives will slow down or smooth out once we get past certain benchmarks. I say “unfounded” because while out situations are routinely changing, we seem to find ourselves constantly looking to the next, seemingly more welcomed phase of life.  This is

‘Surviving the Holidays’ Dec. 8 at Parkade Baptist

Whenever we collectively conjure up words, images and associations tied to the words “holidays” and “Christmas,” I think it’s safe to say that many of us tend to suffer from an “over-realized Hallmarketization” of what the Christmas season should look like. We tend to think of roaring fireplaces, hot mugs of cocoa with marshmallows, cheerful

Songs and Scenes from Sunday, November 25, 2012

Songs and Scenes is a weekly blog review of songs, readings and prayers featured in The Crossing’s Sunday services. This week, Scott Myers graciously provided photos to give a taste of sunday morning life at The Crossing. You’ll also find links in the song titles that will allow you to purchase recorded versions of the

Celebrating Boys’ “Boyness”

As someone who is (a) the parent of both two boys and a girl and (b) consequently has become even more convinced the two sexes are definitely not the same, my eye naturally caught a headline yesterday that read “Celebrate Boys’ Boyness—and Work with It.” I’ll mention at the outset that I need to think