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Monthly Archives: December 2015

New Year Meets Ancient Reality: ‘Coram Deo’

Where did 2015 go? Somewhere, hidden away in an as-yet-unsettled portion of my soul, I still “feel like” it ought to be June and my family should be planning its next pool party. I don’t know exactly why 2015 seemed to slip past much faster than previous years, but whatever the reason, I simply cannot

Mission Spotlight Will Return on January 7th

Songs and Scenes: Christmas Eve 2015

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“The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.” – John 1:9

“He was created of a mother whom He created. He was carried by hands that He formed. He cried in the manger in wordless infancy, He the Word, without whom all human eloquence is mute.” – Augustine

Getting Ready for Sunday December 27th at The Crossing

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This week Kermit Summerall takes a break from our John series with a sermon entitled, “The One Thing We Take for Granted” from Exodus 34:6. The Scripture reads,

And he [the Lord] passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.

What have you taken for granted this year? It’s a tricky question. It’s hard sometimes to stop and be aware of what we’re taking for granted, precisely because it’s usually so mundane. Moreover, we take things for granted not just because they’re everyday, but because they’re dependable—they’re always there. But what if there are really crucial things that we’re taking for granted that we shouldn’t? Join us Sunday as Kermit helps us take a fresh look at God and what we shouldn’t take for granted when it comes to him.

A last minute Christmas gift (and it’s not too late)

A few years ago on Christmas morning, after all the gifts were opened, with wrapping paper strewn all across the living room, my husband pulled out an envelope. I hadn’t seen this gift sitting around, but the look on my husband’s face showed that I should be excited. Anticipating what could be inside, I opened the envelope and found twelve homemade coupons/certificates with my name on them for a lunch date with a girlfriend of my choosing. On his own, he had taken a personal spin on our family coupons, which up to this point had been focused on our kids. With loads of respect for my husband, I have to admit, I couldn’t believe he had thought of this on his own!

I needed to set the date a month in advance and he would either come home and be with our kids, or if his schedule didn’t allow that, he would arrange a babysitter. The key is that HE would arrange the sitter for me. All I had to do was select a friend, a date, and the location. He would take care of the rest of the logistics of leaving four kids at home. And on a few occasions, he even volunteered to watch the friend’s kids too, so that she wouldn’t have to pay a sitter. The best was the time we left him with eight kids. We just drove away and laughed the whole way up the street!

What makes this gift the best?

A Stellar Advent Reminder

The Eagle Nebula's Pillars of Creation.

The Eagle Nebula’s Pillars of Creation.

By now you’ve probably been frazzled more than once by the busy press of the holiday schedule. And so you may be at one of those points where you would appreciate something to remind you why we celebrate this season in the first place.

If so, let me make a suggestion: take a look at this rather unusual advent calendar, coming courtesy of Alan Taylor, a photo editor at The Atlantic. It may lack the traditional Christmas imagery, but it might do a whole lot of good for your sense of awe and wonder.

Breaking and Entering

The headlines this past year have not been, by and large, what I would call very encouraging. In some ways, it’s easy to see think our American culture in particular is rapidly spinning out of control; the erosion of moral absolutes – widely-agreed-upon standards that were once common – has left a thick cloud of