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Monthly Archives: December 2013


“What might my life look like if I believed – really, truly believed – that God was ‘lovingly present’ with me each and every moment of the day?” That question has been bothering me for some time now, but in the waning weeks of 2013 this issue really “burst forth into flower,” so to speak,

Songs and Scenes: Sunday, December 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

How to Prepare for Sunday Dec. 29th 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 will continue our series

My Favorite Books of 2013

I love reading all kinds of books and in an attempt to get you to share with me your favorites (in the comments), I thought I’d share with you my favorites that I read in 2013. Let me say that I don’t feel good about my list in that there are a lot of books

A (Very Short) Ancient Prayer for Christmas Day

English speakers share a rich past of devotional writings. Take a moment to meditate on the following prayer by Thomas Cranmer written in 1549 for Christmas day. Though our lives and languages change, our hope does not. On Christmas Christ put on our human nature; ever since Christmas we’ve hoped to put on his divine nature,

Songs and Scenes: Christmas Eve 2013

1. Bidding Song: O Come, All Ye Faithful – Words and Tune: attr. John Francis Wade (1742), tr. Frederick Oakeley (1841), Music: Irregular (Adeste Fiedeles) Arrangement by Chris Tomlin Yea, Lord, we greet Thee,born this happy morning;Jesus, to Thee be glory given;Word of the Father,now in flesh appearing. O come, let us adore Him,O come,

Unto Us?

Christmas is close upon us and, I think, a prime opportunity to again ask ourselves the only question that will ever ultimately matter: “Is it all really true?” If the story of God choosing to enter into human history by taking on the appearance and likeness of His creation doesn’t cause a few circuit breakers