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Monthly Archives: November 2013

When God’s Composer Met the Philosopher King

If you’re looking for a fascinating (and short) read for this Christmas season, check out James R. Gaines’ Evening in the Palace of Reason. It tells the life stories of two men: Johann Sebastian Bach, the greatest composer of the baroque period, and Frederick the Great, the philosopher king. One represented Lutheranism and a God-soaked

Remembering the Other Jack

Fifty years ago last Friday marked the death of a man whose impact on the world could fairly be described as mythic in the best sense (more on this in a moment). I don’t mean, however, the man who has dominated media coverage for the last several days. True, Jack Kennedy was felled by an

A Modern-Day Jonah…But With a Heart of Compassion

The book of Jonah remains one of my all-time favorites simply because I can immediately identify with the reluctant prophet’s poor attitude. Far from earnestly hoping for the salvation of his enemies – the sinful and politically-oppressive residents of Ninevah – Jonah wants nothing more than to get a ringside seat for their destruction (Jonah

Songs and Scenes: Sunday, November 24, 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

Why Are Milliennials Leaving The Church?

There’s been much discussion of why the millennial generation (roughly those born between 1980 and 2000) is leaving the church. Some have argued that it’s due to the church being “too political, too exclusive, old-fashioned, unconcerned with social justice and hostile to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.” Others argue that the church has lost

Five Ways To Expand Yourself

In his essay, “On Reading of Old Books,” C.S. Lewis warned “amateur readers” (which must be all of us compared to him) to avoid an exclusive diet of contemporary literature. Why?First, modern books are likely to affirm modern prejudices that few of us notice. “All contemporary writers share to some extent the contemporary outlook—even those,

Talking Pictures in Review: Citizen Kane

Citizen Kane, a work that routinely finds itself at or near the top of cinematic “best of” lists, is probably one of the most talked about movies in history. That made it a perfect candidate to be a vintage selection for our Talking Pictures screening series at The Crossing. Here’s a recap of some of

An Imperceptible Change in Trajectory

One of my all-time favorite reads is “The Screwtape Letters” by C.S. Lewis. If you have not yet read “Screwtape,” suffice to say that Lewis offers the reader an often-witty, memorable account of how the enemy of our souls – let’s just call him “Satan” and get that piece of theological business out of the

Songs and Scenes: Sunday, November 17, 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, Gerik Parmele, provided photos to offer a glimpse into the Sunday morning life 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 Nov. 17 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 Shay Roush continues our sermon series