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Monthly Archives: April 2014

Instagramming My Inner Demons

Please excuse me; this is the pot calling the kettle black. Currently I operate not one, but two Instagram accounts. Every night, just before falling asleep, I peruse an endless feed of images. Picture after picture, set into vignettes of sepia-toned antiquity that turn mundane moments into cultural artifacts. That’s the draw of Instagram, isn’t

“When I Get to Heaven I’m Not Stopping to Be Interviewed”

If former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is (a) anything approaching serious and (b) correct, then we all need to listen carefully. And that’s not an exaggeration. Why do I say that? This arresting paragraph about Hizzonor’s views on heaven comes at the close of a recent New York Times article: But if [Bloomberg]

‘Small, Contained’ Moral Failures

My wife and our 18-year-old daughter recently finished watching over 50 hours of the hit television crime series Breaking Bad. We very intentionally waited for the series to end before we began our viewing so that we would not be overly-influenced by the hype, multiple Emmy awards and rave reviews that seemed to sprout up

Getting Ready for Sunday Apr. 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. We pick back up in Exodus this week,

Love Languages: The Good and The Bad

Everywhere I look it seems that I run into someone carrying around one of Gary Chapman’s books on Love Languages. There are plenty to choose from and it seems that he’s left no demographic untouched. There are Love Language books targeted at adults, teens, children, singles, and men. There’s a Love Language devotional, small group

The 450th Birthday of B.S.

Excuse my pun above, but I think The Bard would appreciate it. It is, in fact, the 450th birthday of William (Bill) Shakespeare. But, alas!, his writing is now relegated to the classroom, and viewed by the populous as a form of punishment. Today we remember the greatest dramatist who ever lived as a snobbish,

Does Fair Trade Coffee Help or Hurt?

If you’re devoted to the blessed coffee bean, you’ve probably come across the phrase “fair trade” dozens of times. And most of us here in the United States have at least some recognition that the term has to do with bettering the wages of coffee farmers in countries far less affluent than our own. Given