August, 2015

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Monthly Archives: August 2015

Distressed Gardens and Chaotic Lives

I love to garden. I think it’s fascinating and thoroughly satisfying to put tiny little plants in the ground and watch them, with some careful tending, grow into flourishing flowers or prolific herbs. I really enjoy seeing flower beds that are thriving, plants competing for space in my little corner of the world. And I

Songs and Scenes: August 30, 2015

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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. 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 4: Summer’s Throne”; a new E.P. featuring, “The War is Won.” Check it out on C.D. or digital download at crossingsongs.com.

Getting Ready for Sunday August 30th at The Crossing

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Dave Cover continues our sermon series, “Life According to the Psalms” this week in a sermon entitled, “Intimately Acquainted” from Psalm 139. The Scripture reads,

Why Do Black People See Things Differently Than White People?

simpsonThe nation was transfixed before their televisions watching as Los Angeles police officers engaged in a low speed pursuit of O. J. Simpson and his white Ford Bronco. Simpson had been the Heisman Trophy his senior year at USC (1968) before joining the Buffalo Bills. Even with such an accomplished athletic career, O. J.’s fame surprisingly grew after retiring from the NFL appearing in films, as a commentator on the wildly popular Monday Night Football, and running through airports in Hertz commercials.

The chase down the freeway was the result of the police wanting to talk to O. J. in connection with the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. Eventually Simpson was charged with both murders but, after a lengthy trial that was watched by millions each day on live television, was found not guilty by the jury. It’s what came next that surprised me.

4 Ways to Make Sure College Students Don’t Call The Crossing Home

  1. Act like they’re an inconvenience when they are back for school. I know, the streets are busier and parking can be a nightmare, but shouldn’t we be glad that college students are investing in our town and church, even if it’s just for a few years? Isn’t it worth a bit of inconvenience to have them here and for them to get to experience a church community in Columbia?
  1. Ignore them when you see them around the church building or in your kids’ classroom on Sunday mornings. Instead, talk to them when you see them sitting next to you. Ask them questions, introduce yourself, help them to feel welcome in a huge church body that can at times makes them feel anonymous.

A Few Quick-ish Thoughts on Sexual Sin*

Hey, my friend, it seems as though you and I have been “running around and around the banana tree” on this particular issue to not much avail, typically generating more heat than light, so I thought it might be good – more for me, perhaps, than you – to put a few thoughts down in

Songs and Scenes: August 23, 2015

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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. This week, we were fortunate to have Jodee Lewis and friends join us as guest musicians. Today’s liturgy recap features photos by Nate Herndon. You’ll find links in the song titles that will allow you to purchase recorded versions of the songs when available.

Getting Ready for Sunday August 23rd 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.

We’re taking a break from our Psalms series this week. Keith Simon preaches this week a sermon entitled, “The Gospel, Social Justice, and The Abolition of slavery” from Hebrews 13:7.

The Ashley Madison Data Dump: Is Your Spouse Looking For An Affair?

Have you heard the brouhaha regarding Tuesday night’s data dump of personal information collected by the website Ashley Madison? For those who don’t know (and I sorta wish I was one of them) Ashley Madison is a site that encourages married people to clandestinely carry on what it calls affairs but what the Bible calls adultery.

(Side note: It’s interesting how a label can change our interpretation of something. The word “affair” conjures up romantic dinners and exciting getaways but the word “adultery” evokes shame, guilt, and broken vows. What do you say that we as Christians use the biblical word “adultery” and not the culture’s “value free” word “affair.”)

If you have any doubt about Ashley Madison’s goal all you need to do is note the tag line: “Life is short. Have an affair.” By all accounts lots of people sign up (124 million visits per month) for the opportunity to be matched with another married person.

A Go(o)d Approach to School Supplies

Recently, I was at Wal-Mart, walking down the school supply list, on the hunt for a three-ring binder when my memory was triggered to trapper keepers. Back in the late 80s and early 90s, trapper keepers were the bomb. I still remember having this rainbow one in elementary school and feeling super proud. I was ready to take on the world.
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That’s what getting all your supplies, and getting them with some style, can do. There’s something about having secured everything on the supply list, with pencils sharpened, and fresh markers with all of the right caps, that feels satisfying. Notebooks with nothing written in them yet suggest a world of possibilities for imagination and learning. As a mom, making sure my kids have a full set of supplies feels like they are primed to succeed this year.

But after spending all this time and energy trying to get my kids prepared with the appropriate supplies, I started to realize that I was only half-way thinking about how to get them ready.