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Monthly Archives: September 2013

‘What sign do you give…that you are not a zombie?’

If you have young children, then odds are good you are very much aware that excitement over Halloween 2013 is building among the elementary-school crowd. Your experience of this is almost certainly different from mine, but at our house the anticipation has been building since the beginning of the school year, meaning “since late August.”

Songs and Scenes: Sunday, September 29, 2013

Songs and Scenes is a weekly blog review of songs, readings and prayers featured in The Crossing’s Sunday liturgy. Our good friend, Nate Herndon provided photos to offer 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

Exposed: Secrets Revealed An Unusual Way

One of the core beliefs I’ve come to as a pastor is that sin makes you stupid. Sin makes otherwise smart, competent people do and believe incredibly stupid things. One of the stupid things that sin leads us to believe is that we’ll never get caught in our sin, that our sin won’t really do

How to Prepare for Friday and Sunday at The Crossing

Normally, on Fridays we post a guide for how to prepare for the upcoming Sunday service. This week we’re doing it on Thursday to incorporate our special Friday night worship service. You can see some of the rationale for this kind of post here. Friday night is intended to give us an extended time to

Don’t Let Unrealistic Expectations Ruin Your Quiet Time

For the past two years I enjoyed the silence of my apartment for an hour before work. I used this time to pray and read my Bible and meet with God. But over the last few months that’s changed. Work requires more morning commitments, a new dog requires morning walks and feedings, and a new

I Know Your Big Secret

I know your big secret. I know something about you that I’m guessing you spend a lot of time and energy trying to hide. You might even try to hide this truth from yourself. A few examples may help explain. Steve Jobs was the visionary co-founder of Apple and the driving force behind several products

People Just Like Us

For several years now, my husband and I have ended most of our days by reading the Bible together. As we’ve read, many times I have shook my head in wonder at the stupidity of the ancient Israelites in the Old Testament. I’m thinking specifically of the oppressed Israelites who had once lived in Egypt…as