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Monthly Archives: July 2015

Getting Ready for Sunday Aug. 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

The Duck Syndrome: Do You Have It?

The perfect life. What does that look like for you? A perfect look? A perfect family? Perfect grades? The perfect friend group surrounding you? The perfect prayer life? This week, another article in the New York Times was written detailing the pressures of perfectionism that college students face. It’s not the first one that’s been written, highlighting once again the pressure that often leads to anxiety, depression, shame, and even suicide. After a popular student’s unexpected suicide at Penn State, a task force was formed to examine mental health on campus and, among other things, it “recognized a potentially life-threatening aspect of campus culture: Penn Face.”

It continues:

“An apothegm long used by students to describe the practice of acting happy and self-assured even when sad or stressed, Penn Face is so widely employed that it has showed up in skits performed during freshman orientation.

While the appellation is unique to Penn, the behavior is not. In 2003, Duke jolted academe with a report describing how its female students felt pressure to be “effortlessly perfect”: smart, accomplished, fit, beautiful and popular, all without visible effort. At Stanford, it’s called the Duck Syndrome. A duck appears to glide calmly across the water, while beneath the surface it frantically, relentlessly paddles. “

Getting Ready for Sunday July 26th at The Crossing

Prepare

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.

Ryan Wampler continues our sermon series, “Life According to the Psalms,” with a sermon entitled “Nearsighted in a Glorious World,” from Psalm 104. The Scripture reads,

Monkey See Monkey Do – Screen Time

mom and daughter cell phone

Image courtesy of Ambro at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

“I feel like I’m just boring. I’m boring my dad because he will take any text, any call, any time, even on the ski lift.”

What a scary thing for any parent to hear a kid say. Would/Could my kids say something similar to this girl? That’s not how I feel about my kids. But does the way I use my cell phone legitimately lead them to think otherwise? What message are we sending to our kids in our text messaging?

What a Flash Mob Can Teach Us About God

I saw this video a couple of years ago when it was first posted, but recently had the chance to view it again. And whether or not you’ve already seen it yourself, it’s worth a few minutes of your time to watch:

If you just (re)viewed the performance, I’d like to ask you this: why do you think it got the response that it did?

Waiting for God’s Best

Yesterday, Crossing pastor Dave Cover preached on Psalm 37. “Inherit the Earth” was an amazing message, drawing out of the Psalms one of the many truths God’s Word tells us over and over again, namely that we will only ever find real and lasting peace – true biblical shalom – by looking ahead and trusting

Songs and Scenes: July 19, 2015

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 Lana Eklund. There are links in the song titles that will allow you to listen to or purchase recorded versions of the songs when available.

Getting Ready for Sunday July 19th at The Crossing

Prepare

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 continues our sermon series, “Life According to the Psalms,” with a sermon entitled “Inherit the Earth,” from Psalm 37. The Scripture reads,

Had Sex And Forgot About Jesus

A friend of yours, who by all accounts is a Christian, begins to have serious doubts about the faith and drifts away from church and his small group. How should you react? When you get lunch to ask him what’s going on he says that he’s not sure whether Christianity is really true. Is the Bible reliable? Are we sure that Jesus is the only way to God? How do we even know there is a God?

I think that our initial reaction is to try to answer our friend’s intellectual questions by offering intellectual answers. And if we don’t feel equipped to do so maybe we tell him to read a book on the subject. But is that the right response? Are his questions truly intellectual? Maybe. Perhaps he has encountered the “new” atheists or another group that is attacking the validity of Christianity and what he needs is some good answers from Christians who have thought deeply about these issues. But maybe not. Maybe he just had sex and that’s led to the questions and the doubts.

5 Lies We Believe About Our Bodies

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about the normalization of plastic surgery in our culture (as discussed in Time Magazine), and a few thoughts on how we are to think about it as Christians. But maybe a larger issue is that we often don’t see our bodies the same way that God does. We breathe in the air of a world that distorts truths about how our Maker has designed us to be – and we start to believe those lies. What if those lies were exposed? What if we told ourselves the truth more often, training our minds to think on what is good and right?  I found this post from The Gospel Coalition encouraging and helpful in beginning to shift our perspective. Here’s an excerpt: