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Monthly Archives: February 2016

Mission Spotlight: Racefield School Part 2

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Another note with more photos came this week from Racefield School:

May God bless you and the entire church for your wonderful help. The solar system is working perfectly as you’ll see in the pictures. Give our love and appreciation to the pastor and the church.                                                          

God bless you, 

Sammy and Felistus

Getting Ready for Sunday February 28th at The Crossing

This week we have a guest on Sunday morning. Scott Sauls, pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, is joining us. He’s speaking at the Crossing College Conference this weekend and sticking around for Sunday morning. He will preach from 1 Timothy 6:3–8 in a sermon entitled, “Redeeming Differences in a Culture of Outrage.” The

Three Views Of Marriage. Do You Have The Right One?

This week David Brooks, columnist for the New York Times, outlined three very different views of marriage and suggested that the view you subscribe to will go a long way in determining what kind of marriage you have as well as how satisfied you are with it.

Hey, I want credit for that!

We were talking in one of my leadership small groups recently how easy it is to pass blame. I shared about a video called “Damn You, Steve” from Brené Brown. I followed up with how Charles and I often now will call each other out when we think the other might be passing blame. We will say, “Don’t you ‘Damn you Steve’ me!” The girls and I had a good laugh, and we moved on.

After the small group I added the “Damn You Steve” video to potential blog ideas. I thought this would be a great topic and put a video in front of people that they probably hadn’t come across before.

Fast forward a few weeks, and I’m sitting in the service on Sunday, and I watch Keith introduce this same video to the whole congregation. And there you go. Over 3,000 people on Sunday watching the video.

One of the women in the small group saw me in the foyer after the service. “Erin, I couldn’t help but think of you during the whole ‘Damn You Steve’ video,” she told me.

We laughed, but as I walked away, I thought to myself. “Hey, it’s not ‘Damn You Steve.’ This time, it’s not Steve, it’s Keith! You took my idea.”*

Now I genuinely mean this tongue in cheek. I’m not bothered at all. Maybe he took my first idea, but as I reflected I began to think God had another lesson for me to learn.

Is Jesus a Democrat or a Republican?

Would Jesus be a Democrat or a Republican? Is he a liberal or conservative? Unspoken or not, those are common enough questions for many Americans—particularly those of us who claim to be his followers.

So is there a right answer?

The End of All Goodbyes

Mark 12:24-27: Jesus said to [the Sadducees, who deny the resurrection], “Is this not the reason you are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God? For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. And as for the

Songs and Scenes: February 21, 2016

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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’re trying something new. We’ve included a link to a Spotify playlist of Sunday’s songs so you can enjoy listening to them throughout your week. This week’s liturgy recap features photos by Scott Myers.

Mission Spotlight: Racefield School in Kenya

The Crossing and Crossing Kids have partnered with Racefield School since 2006 when members of The Crossing living in Kenya began visiting and sharing resources with their ministry. Racefield School serves children in the Mwingi area of Kenya that are preschool through 8th grade. These children come from an area of Kenya where cyclic drought

Getting Ready for Sunday February 21st at The Crossing

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This week Keith Simon preaches from John 9:1–3 in a sermon entitled, “Why God?” The Scripture reads,

1 As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”

3 “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.

The question is a poignant one. “Why God?” When confronted with suffering, like the early death of someone we love, or the agony of a broken relationship, or the loss of a job, or however the brokenness of our world strikes us, we often turn to God and ask why. How could this be happening? What is it supposed to mean? Join us this Sunday to eavesdrop on Jesus’ disciples asking that question and Jesus’ surprising answer.

Ronda Rousey’s Identity Crisis Led To Suicidal Thoughts

rouseyIf the name Ronda Rousey sounds vaguely familiar but you’re not exactly sure who she is, you’re not alone. In 2015 she was the third most searched for person on Google.

Entering her match with Holly Holm on November 15, 2015, Rousey had never lost a fight as an amateur or professional And Rousey didn’t just win, she often crushed her opponent within the first minute of the match. But in the second round of their fight Holm knocked out the heavily favored Rousey with a violent kick to the head.

This past Tuesday Rousey appeared on the Ellen Degeneres Show–her first talk show appearance since her loss–and shared some very serious struggles that I think we can all learn from. Here’s an excerpt…