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Monthly Archives: October 2014

Getting Ready for Sunday Nov. 2nd at The Crossing


Worship on a Sunday starts before Sunday morning. That’s true not just for the band and the pastor and tech crew but for all of us. When you prepare ahead of time, you are getting yourself in the right frame of mind and heart. It gives you a chance to read the Bible passage in advance, see the song list, and get yourself ready. You can see some of the rationale here.

Keith Simon this week continues our series in 1 Corinthians with a sermon entitled, “Sex and the Saved Body Part 2” from 1 Corinthians 6:9–11. The Scripture reads,

Things You Won’t Regret…

Last night in the Discovery Class we read Jesus call to lay up treasures in heaven and not on earth. For some reason, maybe because I’d read this post from Kevin DeYoung recently, I told the class that on the day they die and stand before Jesus no one was going to regret giving their time, talent, and treasure to advance the kingdom of God.

At the end of your life, here are some other things that you won’t regret:

Too Much Like Real Life

“Why do we keep watching this show? It’s so depressing…too much like real life.” These are just some of the thoughts both my husband and I have been voicing about the popular series “Mad Men,” set in the early 1960’s. Our home does not have cable TV, so we’ve been playing Get Caught Up via


Songs and Scenes Banner

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 Dan Gill. You’ll find links in the song titles that will allow you to purchase recorded versions of the songs when available.

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

Atheist Upset Christian Docs Are Treating Ebola In Africa

Are missionary doctors and nurses who are risking their own life to treat Africans infected with Ebola making atheists and secularists look bad? From reading Brian Palmer, Slate’s science writer and a self proclaimed atheist, it sure seems like that’s the case. It pains him greatly to admit this but he’s honest enough to write…

City of Houston to Pastors: Show Us Your Sermons

Last week, the city of Houston issued subpoenas to five local pastors for “all speeches, presentations, or sermons related to HERO [Houston Equal Rights Ordinance], the Petition, Mayor Annise Parker, homosexuality, or gender identity prepared by, delivered by, revised by, or approved by you or in your possession.”

One provision of the ordinance that started the controversy would allow people access to restrooms of the opposite sex if they identify as transgender. Citizens who opposed the measure initiated a petition drive to put a repeal referendum on the ballot, collecting thousands of signatures in the process. The city attorney rejected the petition, claiming irregularities affecting many of the signatures (over 50,000 were submitted for the required number of 17,259). Some of the citizens associated with the petition sued, which prompted lawyers representing the city to issue the subpoenas to, in the words of a Houston Chronicle story, “several high-profile pastors and religious leaders who have been vocal in opposing the ordinance.” This despite the fact that the pastors were not actually parties involved with the lawsuit.

Should the city of Houston be able to issue these subpoenas? What are the larger implications of the situation? And should the pastors comply? Some relevant thoughts from around the web:

You Can Help Alleviate Holiday-Themed Distress

I vividly recall one Christmas in the late 1990’s that really sucked. I’m sorry, I do realize that ESI is a church blog, but there’s really no other word for it; to this day, that particular year stands out in memory as the single-worst celebration of Christmas ever. It followed hard on the heels of