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Monthly Archives: July 2013

Happy Endings Preview: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

What would happen if that sound you heard in the back yard as a kid couldn’t be chalked up to something “normal.” Not the wind. Not some kind of animal. No, this time it’s really something from another world. That’s the opening conceit of director Steven Spielberg’s 1982 classic, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. What follows has

Inverting Your Christian Geography

Do you think of Christianity as western phenomenon? Do you think of America as the quintessential leader in missions, theology, and worship? Truth be told, I often do. As an American it’s easy to think that we’re the center of Christianity’s gravity, that in some sense all movements fall in our direction. But Christianity is no

Hard-Wired to Run Away

God has been so merciful in giving us ample evidence of our deep, deep need for a Savior, if only we will allow ourselves to “behold the obvious.” For example, I have often found that some of the most profound truths about us as human beings are prominently displayed in the behavior of small children.

Songs and Scenes: Sunday, July 28, 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 lead by Andrew Camp. 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 July 28th 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. Nathan Tiemeyer will preach this week from 1

Happy Endings Preview: Pride & Prejudice

Last January, lovers of Jane Austin celebrated Pride & Prejudice’s 200th birthday with reading marathons, plays, tributes, balls, and even Pemberley themed desserts. English women recently ranked it as the most influential book in their lives. The novel’s been adapted to film five times in the last 60 years (including a Bollywood adaptation titled Bride & Prejudice). Despite two

I’m a Hypocritical Christian

Hypocrisy is a common criticisms many outsiders leveled against today’s church. Defensive Christians respond that the church is a place for sinners, so of course it’s filled with sinful people. Others respond that overzealous “fundamentalists”give Christ a bad name. Neither of these answers are fully right or wrong, but both fail to take responsibility for a legitimate critique.

Squeaky-Clean Doctrine in a Lake of Fire

Not all that long ago, another staff member at The Crossing closed out a group prayer with the words, “We love you, Lord, and we trust You know that we are all seeking to do Your will here. Amen.” For me, the simple words she used to express her authentic emotional connection to Jesus struck

How to Prepare for Sunday July 21st at The Crossing

On Fridays (normally) 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;

A Surprising Twist in the Culture War

“The culture wars rage all around us and Christianity is under attack. As Christians we can’t retreat but must stand our ground and fight back while there’s still a chance to win the battle.” I have come across Christians using that kind of language in fundraising appeals, radio spots designed to get out the vote,