April, 2013

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Monthly Archives: April 2013

Talking Pictures in Review: Lincoln

A few thoughts for you dedicated film fans out there who weren’t able to make it to the Talking Pictures discussion of Lincoln. As usual, there’s much more that could be said than can be included here. First, a couple of notes on the artistic qualities of the film: In my judgment, the film does

Ripping Up Carpet, Living Out Unbelief

This past week, my husband and I – along with two close friends – closed out The Crossing’s ninth session of DivorceCare, a 12-week class designed to help people heal from the pain of divorce. During that final session, we discussed at some length the most difficult aspect of going through divorce – that of

Songs and Scenes from Sunday, April 28, 2013

Songs and Scenes is a weekly blog review of liturgy and songs featured in The Crossing’s Sunday services. Nate Herndon 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 available. The

What Does It Want Me to Want? The Message of Children’s Books (and Any Books)

Do children’s books help create little consumers to want more and more stuff from the earliest age? Recent research by Rachel Franz investigates children’s books, their storyline and pictures, to see whether they influence kids toward a consumer lifestyle, to believing that having more toys means happiness or approval or more friends. Franz admits she

Christians Acting Like Christians

Christians (or those calling themselves Christians) say and do a lot of dumb things. I was going to link to several examples but got depressed in the process and gave up. Given our inclination, both individually and corporately, to sin, it’s right for us to examine ourselves and admit when we’ve blown it. It’s right

Cost Became Swallowed Up in Privilege

In her book Be Still My Soul, Nancy Guthrie relates a story from early in her marriage. She and her husband bought a young evergreen to plant in their front yard. They dug a hole, slid it in and then packed dirt around it. That night a strong wind uprooted the tree, so they repeated

Challenges to Christianity: Then and Now

Kermit the Frog famously sang, “It’s not easy being green.” But looking around at our wider culture, you can make a case that it’s not easy to be a faithful follower of Christ. In some respects at least, things seem to be changing for the worse. A few examples: A U. S. Army Reserve Equal

Moving from Romans 7 to John 4

One of the more encouraging conversations I have had recently began with a torrential downpour of confession and ended with what amounted to a benediction. The blessing caught me entirely by surprise since the seriousness of the sins I had committed was not inconsequential. So this was not “cheap” encouragement. In fact, there was a

Songs and Scenes from Sunday, April 21, 2013

Songs and Scenes is a weekly blog review of the songs and liturgy featured in The Crossing’s Sunday services. This week’s service was planned and lead by Andrew Camp. Scott Myers 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

Am I beautiful?

Am I beautiful? More to the point, do I see myself as beautiful? That’s the question explored in Dove’s Real Beauty Sketches. A FBI-trained forensic artist interviews a woman, without seeing her, and draws a portrait from her self-description. He then draws a second portrait of her, but this time based on a stranger’s description.