March, 2013

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Monthly Archives: March 2013

Holy Week: Resurrection Sunday, March 31, 2013

The Crossing’s Resurrection Sunday music and liturgy 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 service began with “The Sun Stops Shining.” A video, based on The Jesus Storybook Bible, chronicling the events Good Friday. Death

Holy Week: Good Friday, March 29, 2013

On Good Friday we remembered The Song of God, Jesus Christ,who humbled himself and became obedient to the cross. God has exalted him who has redeemed us from the bondage of sin and given us new freedom. Through our songs and prayers we expressed our gratefulness for Jesus the Christ, what he has done and

The Bad that Needs and Precedes Good Friday

I have a tendency to minimize my sin. I doubt I’m unique in this regard. I downplay my sin, both in specific sins, and in my general condition, how sinful I am. I have a variety of ways to do this: re-define it as excusable foibles, overlook its seriousness, compartmentalize sections of my life, tell

How to Wield a Shield

For readers both ancient and modern, Homer’s Illiad reaches a high point in Book VIII. Achilles has lost his shield and knows that warriors without shields meet quick death. He needs not just any shield, but a fine shield that can withstand war’s arrows and spears. Thus Achilles’ mother, Thetis, begs the blacksmith god, Hephaestus, to forge her

The End of Religion As We Know It?

“I have seen the future of religion in America, and its name is ‘none.’’” So begins a recent piece at the Huffington Post by Gary Laderman, the Chair of the Department of Religion at Emory University. The reason for Laderman’s prediction? The religious landscape in American is apparently undergoing a momentous shift: Increasing, if not

Meanwhile, just across town…

Not long ago, my husband Warren and I attended the wedding of a dear young friend and celebrated another lifelong commitment, a God-given covenant between two people to love, honor, cherish and serve each other – no matter how hard life gets – until death parts them. The ceremony was sweet, the reception was lively,

Holy Week: Palm Sunday, March 24, 2013

Today marks the beginning of Holy Week, a time when we fix our eyes on Jesus’ triumphal entry, crucifixion and resurrection from the dead. On Palm Sunday we remember that Jesus set out for Jerusalem and was proclaimed Messiah and King by those whose shouts of “Hosanna!” later became cries of, “crucify Him!” During the

Love is . . . Physical Attraction?

What is love? It’s a lot of different things, depending on who you listen to. Last week at the 20-something relationships conference I looked at a series of popular cultural answers to the question, trying to use movie clips to help explore things. One common answer is that love is physical attraction. Love is that

The Secularization of Lent

Mark Oppenheimer’s article in the New York Times, A Religious Ritual Captures Non Believers, tells the story of how people who don’t identify themselves as Christians still continue to celebrate Lent. John Corvino grew up in the Catholic church until he decided he was gay, left the church, and identified himself as a “non believer”

Will God Ever Give Up On Me?

We’ve all been there. You give in to a temptation you’ve struggled against for years. Maybe it’s lust, or an eating disorder, or greed, or anger. After a flood of guilt and self-loathing you find yourself wondering: Will God ever give up on me? Is this the final straw? Am I really a Christian? When we start wondering