January, 2014

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Monthly Archives: January 2014

Getting Ready for Sunday, Feb. 2nd, 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 will continue our series

Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me)

In the early 1950’s Leon Festinger, a social psychologist, infiltrated a doomsday group led by a housewife named Dorothy Martin. Martin had convinced the group that a flying saucer would appear and take them to safety at midnight on December 20 just before the world’s destruction on the 21st. Many in the group “quit their

Don’t Imperialist Missionaries Screw Up Cultures?

After taking an advanced course in British Caribbean Literature, and dabbling in sociology and religious studies, I felt like a knew a few things about colonialism, missionary work, and western hegemony. I felt informed, and even elite when I used those words. As I read past texts, I sniffed out imperialistic ugliness in the most

Point of Focus: How Big is Your God?

Bieber…Now Appearing in Our Furnace Room

I sometimes wonder why our American culture often finds it amusing whenever someone has the courage to step up and do what is morally right. Rule-following optimists, as portrayed in our movies and other entertainment, are nearly always embodied as unrealistic, clueless do-gooders. Is it now considered entirely naive to hope for the best in

Songs and Scenes: Sunday, January 26, 2014

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

Getting Ready for Sunday, Jan. 26, at The Crossing

On Sunday Shay Roush will continue our series in Exodus with the sermon, “A Treasured Possession” from Exodus 19:1–8. The Scripture reads, 1 On the first day of the third month after the Israelites left Egypt—on that very day—they came to the Desert of Sinai. 2 After they set out from Rephidim, they entered the

Your Boy (In College) Wants You To Talk

A week ago I was on a retreat with 16 college-aged men. I knew some of them well, but others were new faces. I listened carefully as these young men shared their personal stories. Some battled with addiction, others with self-righteousness. Some grew up in the church, others did not. Some just began a relationship

Film Critics Celebrate Violence (Unless It’s a Movie About Christ?)

Contemporary approaches to violence in film range from little more than exercises in exploitation to unflinching accounts of tragedy. But how do we decide which is which? This question is all the more interesting in light of a recent piece by the always-perceptive Mollie Hemingway. In “The Passion of 12 Years a Slave,” Hemingway takes

Jesus Had Good Boundaries…So Why Don’t We?

If love is often blind, then I would say that one of the more pronounced areas of blindness common in our lives is how our hearts deceive us into “loving” people who are hell-bent on cynically leveraging that love to their own demise. Dave Ramsey Apparently, a whole lot of people have been helped by