June, 2013

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Monthly Archives: June 2013

Songs and Scenes: Sunday, June 30, 2013

Songs and Scenes is a weekly blog review of songs, readings and prayers featured in The Crossing’s Sunday services. This week’s service was planned and led by Andrew Luley. Our good friend, Scott Myers, provided photos to offer a glimpse into Sunday morning life at The Crossing. You’ll also find links in the song titles

How to Prepare for Sunday June 30th at The Crossing

On Fridays we’re posting a guide for how to prepare for the upcoming Sunday service. It gives you a chance to read the Bible passage ahead of time, see the song list, and get your mind and heart ready. You can see some of the rationale here. My apologies for being late this week. Keith

Atheists Turned Off By Watered Down Christianity

The story is told of the skeptic David Hume rushing off to hear the great preacher George Whitefield. Someone familiar with Hume’s teaching called out to him, “I didn’t think you believed the gospel.” “No, but he does” Hume replied referring to Whitefield. That story captures an enduring truth: Unbelievers are far more attracted to

Is the mall your temple?

Two weeks ago, we looked at how “secular temples” have the power to shape our desires. Today we’ll put some feet on this idea as we look at the mall (and the entire consumeristic complex) as a temple that shapes our souls by forming our conception of the good life, in antithesis to God’s conception.

A Church Without God?

If you happened into one particular congregation on a recent Sunday at Harvard University, you’d find several familiar things: a homily on the importance of community, music, announcements, even an offering. But since the gathering in question is for the school’s Humanist Community, at least one thing, or rather person, will be notably absent: God.

Beautiful Scars: His Faithfulness in Our Wounds

One of the things that get me out of bed in the morning is a growing desire to cooperate with God as He tries to open the eyes of individuals – myself included – who have become dangerously comfortable with their own life of sin. As life has taken me deeper into the sufferings of

Songs and Scenes: Sunday, June 23, 2013

Songs and Scenes is a weekly blog review of The Crossing’s Sunday morning liturgy. This morning’s liturgy was inspired by “Summer Mindset” by John Piper and “Of Summer’s Lease and Sabbath-Song” by Jen Wilkin. Nate Herndon provided photos to offer a glimpse into Sunday morning life at The Crossing. You’ll find links in the song

How to Prepare for Sunday Worship June 23rd

On Fridays we’re posting a guide for how to prepare for the upcoming Sunday service. It gives you a chance to read the Bible passage ahead of time, see the song list, and get your mind and heart ready. You can see some of the rationale here. Shay Roush will preach this Sunday from James

Man of Steel: A (Mini) Review

I’ve been a comic book fan for as long as I can remember. So along with millions of other Americans, I looked forward to the latest movie iteration of the world’s most famous super hero. In this, I was certainly encouraged by Man of Steel’s trailers, which offered evidence that director Zach Snyder (300, The

Secular Temples: Moby Dick Dispels the Self-Formation Myth.

Who has the most power to shape you? Your desires? Your idea of the good life? Today we often answer “myself.” It’s a modern myth, that’s been concretized by social media (where you create a digital profile of self that’s constructed with staged instagram photos, arduously crafted tweets, and market-worthy Facebook posts), and rugged American