February, 2014

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Monthly Archives: February 2014

My Response to the New York Times article on The Crossing and True/False

Last weekend the New York Times published an article about The Crossing’s partnership with the Truth/False Film Festival. It was printed in the Sunday edition in the Arts & Leisure section, page 29. The online version was published on Friday, 2/21/14. You can view it online here: When the New York Times reporter contacted me

Marriage Viewed Through the Lives of Two Olympians

Lindsay Vonn is famous. David Wise less so. Both have struck gold in the Olympic games. Both have recently made interesting comments about the institution of marriage. Vonn is perhaps the greatest female skier in American history. Though an injury kept her out of this year’s winter Olympics, she’s earned gold (and bronze) in the

Planting Vineyards and Buying Pop-Tarts in Babylon

All I wanted to do was buy a box of strawberry Pop-Tarts for my seven-year-old son. Really, I had no other agenda. As I headed toward the checkout line, though, I was confronted by a prominent display of the latest edition of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition, complete with three nearly-naked rear ends in full

Songs and Scenes: February 23, 2014

Songs and Scenes is a weekly blog review of songs, readings and prayers featured in The Crossing’s Sunday liturgy. This week, our 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 that will allow you to purchase recorded versions of

Getting Ready for Sunday Feb. 23rd 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

Unrealistic And Dangerous Expectations About Marriage

According to research that appeared on Valentine’s Day in the New York Times, the average American marriage is weaker compared to marriages in the past. Why are more and more couples disappointed in their marriages? In a word…Expectations. People have higher expectations for marriage than ever before but, ironically, they aren’t willing to make the

A Sleep Drug Wakes Us Up To the Great Gender Dilemma

Lets begin with a popular thought: men and women are fundamentally the same. Although they don’t share reproductive organs and a few pesky hormones, they are basically the same. Everything we associate with “gender” is a social construct. Boys play with Tonka trucks, and girls play with Barbies, because we teach them to. What we

You Can’t See It but It’s All Around You

In the list of things I love, you wouldn’t have to go down very far to find books or coffee. So when I get a bit of free time, I’m liable to wile it away at a place I can get both. But the most memorable thing I took away from my latest trip to

‘Being Real’ Without Real Repentance Isn’t Real At All

Like many people, I suspect, I long resisted the idea that the word “holy” could be rightly applied to the people of God, much less the church. Forget about me. We’re all such a mess. I can see it so clearly in my own life and the lives of others. How can we possibly be

Songs and Scenes: Sunday, February 16, 2014

Songs and Scenes is a weekly blog review of songs, readings and prayers featured in The Crossing’s Sunday liturgy. Our friend, Nate Herndon provided photos to offer a glimpse into Sunday morning life at The Crossing. This morning’s service was planned and led by Andrew Camp. You’ll also find links in the song titles that