January, 2013

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Monthly Archives: January 2013

Book Recommendations

It’s always hard to find books that are worth the time and effort to read which is one of the primary reasons that I’m always looking for recommendations when trying to decide what to read next. Here are several books that I’ve read recently and think you might enjoy. The Years of Lyndon Johnson by

The God of Architects and Designers

Last week I wrote about common Christian misconceptions about work and vocation. This week I’m going to take a Biblical look at at two interrelated vocations: architecture and design. My grandfather owned and operated his own architecture firm in St. Louis. So, living around the corner from him, I grew up in the world of blueprints,

Thomas Jefferson: Defender of Religious Freedom?

“The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life released a study this September showing that this potential for penalty and discrimination [against religious freedom] is becoming a reality. Pew documented evidence of increased social hostility and government restrictions against religion in America. When compared with the rest of the world, the United States rose from

‘But I couldn’t see it at the time…’

Toward the end of last week, I was given yet another powerful reminder of how faithful God is to His people over the long haul, and how He so masterfully orchestrates all of the events of our lives such that He achieves the desired goal of sanctifying His people – which we often perceive as

Songs and Scenes from January 27, 2013

Songs and Scenes is a weekly blog review of songs, readings and prayers featured in The Crossing’s Sunday services. Nate Herndon has provided photos to give a glimpse into 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 songs where

What’s it like to have an affair? Or for your spouse to have one?

What happens in the aftermath of an affair? Or what’s going on inside a person when they’re in the midst of an affair? Those aren’t the kinds of questions I want to be able to answer first-hand. But they’re important, because I think the answers can help hold me (and perhaps you) to a better

New POF: Taking a Closer Look at Tolerance–Pt. 2

This month’s Point of Focus is the the second installment in a series called “Taking a Closer Look at Tolerance.”

The God of All Vocations

College students often ask me what God thinks about their major (and future career). They wonder (in my words) if God’s too vested in ministry to care about biology, law, economics, literature, business, or architecture. It’s a great question, because many of them attended churches that dichotomized the world into two categories: sacred and secular.

Songs and Scenes from Sunday, January 20, 2013

Songs and Scenes is a weekly blog review of songs, readings and prayers featured in The Crossing’s Sunday services. Scott Myers has graciously provided photos to give a glimpse into 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 songs

Should we say ‘God told me . . .’?

How do we know what God is saying? People often say, ‘God told me such-and-such.’ Decisions about which job to take, which person to speak to, whether to go to Panera or Lakota—these are all occasions for God to speak to us. Usually people don’t mean that they heard an audible voice, but that they