January, 2015

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Monthly Archives: January 2015

Getting Ready for Sunday Feb. 1st 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

How Not To Raise Teens That Are Almost Christian

Research from the National Study of Youth and Religion shows that a significant majority of America teenagers haven’t so much rejected Christianity as replaced it with a poor substitute–one that leaves them Almost Christian. After conducting over 3,000 personal interviews with teens, Christian Smith, currently a professor at Notre Dame, and his team determined that most teens’ religion can be distilled into these 5 points…

God is still in the business of surprising births

This past Sunday, January 25, 2015, two babies were born on opposite sides of the world. Neither are particularly special on the surface – neither famous nor particularly noteworthy. However, news of both of their arrivals, and even on the same day, caught my attention and made my eyes a little misty – in a very rich way.

What is so special about these two seven pound babies?

Newsweek’s Flawed Criticism of the Bible

It’s fairly common for a high profile media outlet to run a feature that discusses important aspects of the Christian faith. And when they do, I have to admit that my first reaction usually isn’t hopeful. Newsweek’s recent lengthy examination of the Bible, and how many Christians supposedly misuse it, is a prime example as to why.

Interacting with every questionable point in the article would take far more time and space than I can give it here. (Those interested can check out more extensive critiques from Darrel Bock, Daniel Wallace, and Michael Brown. To Newsweek’s credit, the latter is found on their own site.) Instead, I’ll point out a handful of major issues in the hope of illustrating the problematic nature of the piece:

Ever Watchful. Always Loving.

Our family has a framed sketch of Jesus that hangs in an open area of our home that we call my “office.” An intricate drawing of Christ on His way to the cross – thorny crown pressed into his head, face downward in submission – the picture has always exerted a strong draw on my

Getting Ready for Sunday Jan. 25th at The Crossing

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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.

Dave Cover this week continues our series in 1 Corinthians with a sermon entitled, “When Should You Sacrifice Your Freedom?” from 1 Corinthians 8. The Scripture reads,

Woman Who Died A Year Ago Found In Home On Christmas: A True Metaphor

Just this past Christmas Sunatha Simmons, a 63 year old woman from Thailand, was found dead in her home by family visiting from Japan. The coroner report stated that she had died of natural causes approximately one year ago. None of her neighbors in the small town of Makanda, Illinois had noticed.

Not that there weren’t signs that something was amiss. Her yard was overgrown, trash littered her front porch, and no one had seen her. According to the news story at least some in the community knew that she struggled with depression since her husbands’ death. Here’s the line in the story that got me…

“Neighbor Shannon Butler said she would have checked on the woman if she’d known her better.”