October, 2013

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Monthly Archives: October 2013

Do You Have a Sanctified Imagination?

What story do you put your life into? Let me offer a few: I’m single and alone in the city. I’m a mom of four. I’m an abuse survivor. I’m a hard-working business owner. I’m a divorcee. I’m a porn addict. I’m an important leader at church. What is your “I am” statement? Each one tell

The Only Problem with Christianity Is…the Christianity

In what is only the latest chapter in the story of our culture’s changing attitudes toward Christianity, Trinity Western University in British Columbia has found itself in the news lately. The Council of Canadian Law Deans is opposing the school’s effort to gain accreditation for its new law school, saying that TWU is “fundamentally at

Fail to Leave, Fail Your Spouse

Effective and compassionate ministry, to my way of thinking, frequently involves saying the exact same thing over and over – oftentimes to the exact same person! – without falling into the trap of allowing one’s heart to become in any way cold or jaded. Those of us (like me) who can be tempted to become

Songs and Scenes: Sunday, October 27, 2013

Songs and Scenes is a weekly blog review of songs, readings and prayers featured in The Crossing’s Sunday morning liturgy. Our good friend, Scott Myers, provided photos to offer a glimpse into life as a part of The Crossing. You’ll also find links in the song titles that will allow you to purchase recorded versions

How to Prepare for Sunday Oct. 27th at The Crossing

On Fridays we post 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. On Sunday Dave Cover continues our sermon series

When Adversity Hits You in the Mouth

In the Academy Award-winning documentary Undefeated, there’s a scene in which high school football coach Bill Courtney tells his team how difficult it is to respond the right way to adversity, or, as he puts it, “when this thing hits you in the mouth.” That phrase came to mind in light of my friends Ricky

It’s All ‘Light and Momentary’

This past weekend, as my family sat down to dinner, I put my seven-year-old son’s plate down in front of him and returned to the refrigerator to get that most necessary of dinner accoutrements…ketchup. Tragically, I found that the bottle had been “helpfully” returned to our refrigerator absolutely empty. (Grrr!) Battling back my desire to

Songs and Scenes: October 20, 2013

Songs and Scenes is a weekly blog review of songs, readings and prayers featured in The Crossing’s Sunday liturgy. This week’s service was planned and lead by David Cover. 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 Oct. 20th at The Crossing

On Fridays we post 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. On Sunday Keith Simon continues our sermon series

Gravity 3D: Experiencing the Void

Gravity is what Avatar promised to be: the film that transforms how directors use 3D to tell stories. Avatar‘s Smurf-Gully storyline was beautiful to behold, but it used (masterful) 3D technology exactly like its predecessors: a glossy finish to a mediocre film. I’m not enamored with 3D, so trust me when I say that 3D is the only