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Monthly Archives: October 2015

Mission Spotlight: McFaddens with Nations in Colorado

Nations Students Colorado 2Ewan & Jodi McFadden serve Native American students on the university campuses of Denver and Boulder, Colorado. They serve with Nations, one of the campus ministries of Cru.

Ewan describes their work with Native American Students:

Getting Ready for Sunday November 1st at The Crossing

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Dave Cover continues this week our sermon series in the Gospel of John with a sermon entitled “A Thirsty Woman in a Thirsty Culture,” from John 4:1–30. Don’t forget we set our clocks back this Saturday night, which gives you extra time to read the Bible passage and listen to the music ahead of time. The Scripture reads,

Now Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that he was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John— 2 although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples. 3 So he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee.

4 Now he had to go through Samaria. 5 So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.

7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” 8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)

Lessons learned from wearing the same outfit twice in a row

women closet“Sometimes, even what I wear—or don’t have to wear—can make me discontent.” We were talking at our table Friday night during The Crossing Women’s Conference, “Cultivating Contentment.” Jen Wilkin had just spoken about contentment with possessions.

“Yeah, it’s almost like you don’t have permission to wear the same outfit twice,” another woman chimed in, to general laughter from the other six of us at the (slight) exaggeration.

I jokingly added, “Hey, I’ll work at contentment tomorrow by wearing this same outfit.” We all laughed again. They all thought I was joking. I wasn’t.

A Window into the Way We Think About Religion

If you want to read something that will give you all kinds of insight into the way our culture thinks about religion and its implications (or lack thereof), you can hardly do better than a short article from Elizabeth Weil in the New York Times called “The Unexpected Bat Mitzvah.” Weil comes from a Jewish background, while her husband has Christian roots, though neither faith apparently plays much of a role in their day-to-day lives. As she puts it in the piece:

 The Weil-Duane narrative, as we had plotted it, involved outsourcing religion: celebrating Jewish holidays with my family, Christian ones with Dan’s. Inside our nuclear family, we placed our faith in love, books, nature, generosity: the standard liberal, coastal stuff.

 Not exactly a revolutionary approach in present day America. Enter Weil’s twelve-year-old daughter, who decides that she wants to have a bat mitzvah, the Jewish coming of age ceremony (the term means “daughter of the commandment”). Weil and her husband are understandably surprised by their daughter’s request, and the bulk of the article then deals with how the family navigates their way forward.

Reading through the article (which I’d highly encourage you to do) a couple of times, I was struck by all the ways it offered a glimpse into how we tend to think. Here are a few:

‘A Genuine Son of Israel’

In the early years of my faith, I approached the Bible as “a great religious book I ought to read” and, in many ways, there is truth in that statement. But with that mindset, it seemed disrespectful, in my mind, to question the meaning of Scripture. I was reading Great Truth, after all, God’s very

Songs and Scenes: October 25, 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. This week’s liturgy review features photos by Scott Myers.

Songs and Scenes: Women’s Conference 2015

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Yesterday, over 500 women gathered together to worship and learn Author and speaker Jen Wilkin at the 2015 Women’s Conference: Cultivating Contentment. Jen examined what the Bible has to say about embracing contentment in three key areas: our possessions, our relationships, and our circumstances. The following is a blog review of songs, readings and prayers featured in the conference. You’ll find links in the song titles that will allow you to purchase recorded versions of the songs when available. This post also features photos by Shoshana Herndon and Lana Eklund.