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Monthly Archives: September 2014

Great Children’s Bibles to Read to Your Kids (and Why)

Thanks to my wife, Rachel, for todays guest post:

There are a LOT of children’s Bibles on the market that just aren’t that great. It’s important for parents to understand that. As a former Crossing Kids Director in our church and currently a mom of a 3, 5, and 7-year-olds, I’ve read my share of children’s Bibles over the years. Today I want to share three things:

  1. The “big picture” about why to read the Bible to your kids from early on.
  2. How to select a good children’s Bible (and avoid the bad ones).
  3. A review of our families’ favorite children’s Bibles that we read again and again with our kids.

John Keith Miller: Sin-Disease Ninja Assassin

Coming from a family of origin that embraced loud verbal conflict as some sort of love language, I still find myself overcome with emotion from time to time whenever a spirited conversation doesn’t go quite the way I think “it ought to.” In those moments, I occasionally make the most outrageous statements. Just a few

Songs & Scenes: Sunday Liturgy Recap, September 28, 2014

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The Crossing Music recently released “Liturgy of the Seasons–Volume 1: Autumn’s March”; a new E.P. featuring many songs from today’s service. Check it out on vinyl, C.D. or digital download at  crossingsongs.com

How To Not Sin

I learned long ago (probably from John Piper but I don’t remember for sure) that no one sins out of duty. No one says, “I really don’t want to sin, but I know that I should so I’m going to do it whether I want to or not.” No, we sin because we want to.

A Man Rising From the Dead? We’re So Much More Sensible Now

The New York Times recently published an article describig the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem as “the site where many Christians believe that Jesus is buried.” Really, they did. (The line has since been amended online.)

It’s an amusing gaffe. Possibly, it was born out of simple habit, one that reasonably thinks of people who died as still being dead. Or it might point to a misunderstanding of a central doctrine of the Christian religion. I can’t help but wonder, however, if it points to something even more than that. Perhaps the reason for the error is an underlying conception of the world that can’t begin to allow for the possibility that a man died–genuinely died–and then rose bodily from the dead.

I can’t get into the head of the article’s author of course, but there’s little doubt that there are many, many people in the world today that would role their eyes at the thought of a Jesus, or any other truly dead person for that matter, walking out of his or her tomb.

Foolishness, they say. When have any of us observed someone rising from the dead? No, this Christian supernaturalism is merely a myth, something akin to Zeus throwing thunderbolts. Sure, it was once a quaint story to buck up the masses, but it simply won’t stand up in our day. The modern mind is so much more grounded in reason and observable data, and consequently, far less likely to fall into serious errors about the ultimate nature of reality.

And so those who are willing to put away childish things now ascribe to a different, modern creed:

Grace is Hard to Give

Lately I’ve been reading How People Grow by Henry Cloud and John Townsend and have been struck by the important role that being accepted plays in a person’s ability to begin to heal and grow, both spiritually and emotionally. This sense of acceptance comes to us through the grace of God as He loves and

Songs & Scenes: Sunday Liturgy Recap, September 21, 2014

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Songs and Scenes is a weekly blog review of songs, readings and prayers featured in The Crossing’s Sunday morning liturgy. Today’s liturgy recap features photos by Scott Myers. You’ll find links in the song titles that will allow you to purchase recorded versions of the songs when available.

The Crossing Music is also releasing “Liturgy of the Seasons–Volume 1: Autumn’s March”; a new E.P. featuring two songs from today’s service. Keep on eye out for it starting this Tuesday at crossingsongs.com