July, 2016

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Monthly Archives: July 2016

Getting Ready for Sunday July 31 at The Crossing

This week Ryan Wampler preaches from John 18:33–38, 19:7–11, 16 in a sermon entitled, “Our Power Struggle.” The Scripture reads, 33 Pilate then went back inside the palace, summoned Jesus and asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” 34 “Is that your own idea,” Jesus asked, “or did others talk to you about

6 Basic Truths Your Kids Need to Know About God

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed as a parent of young children. I know this because parenthood turns what would otherwise be a low bar of expectation into the mark of notable accomplishment. So, for example, you’re encouraged when you’ve gone a whole month without finding any new bite marks on inanimate objects around your house. Or you say things to yourself like, “At least he was wearing pants. That’s something.”

Against that backdrop, taking on the responsibility of educating your children about God and the Bible can seem like an awfully big mountain to climb. But we don’t have to have every answer to provide our kids with solid, foundational truths on which their faith can firmly rest. With that in mind, here are six basic, but really important truths to communicate and reinforce with your kids.

Hacking the Hexateuch* to Finish Well

Just Shy of The Promised Land: God’s Plan, God’s Timing…Not Mine After spending a few weeks reading up on the challenges and frustrations that accompanied the historical Exodus of the Jews out of Egypt, the primary feeling that welled up within my soul was a desire to drive around town and personally apologize, face-to-face, to

Songs and Scenes: July 24, 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. We’ve included a link to a Spotify playlist of Sunday’s songs (when available) so you can enjoy listening to them throughout your week. This week’s liturgy recap features photos by Shoshana Herndon.

The Wallaces Serving in Nairobi, Kenya

906866_277234115792373_3720417118611389151_oShawn and Heather Wallace serve in Nairobi, Kenya at New City Fellowship (NCF), a partner church of The Crossing–where Christine Simon and Windy Shull just spent almost 2 weeks. New City Fellowship’s mission is to share the love of Christ and seek racial reconciliation through the power of the gospel in a diverse and challenging city where people are divided not just by race but also by culture, economics and spiritual background. Shawn and Heather are in the trenches—on the front lines—taking the gospel to a hurting, dying, conflict-ridden city. A video about their work can be seen here: video overview.

Join us for a Meet & Greet with The Wallaces this Sunday between all services in Rm. 225.

Donate to The Wallaces’ work in Nairobi, Kenya.

Getting Ready for Sunday July 24th at The Crossing

This week Keith Simon preaches from John 18:1–11 in a sermon entitled, “Turning Humiliation into Exaltation.” The Scripture reads, 1 When he had finished praying, Jesus left with his disciples and crossed the Kidron Valley. On the other side there was a garden, and he and his disciples went into it. 2 Now Judas, who

Are You on the Wrong Side of History?

Unknown“You’re on the wrong side of history.”

These days, Christians hear that sentiment, if not those exact words, on a regular basis. But this isn’t exactly new. For the last two thousand years, in places all around the world, Christians have regularly found themselves called to live lives that are out of step with the prevailing cultural winds swirling around them.

In our own time, biblical teaching increasingly cuts against the broadly held belief that each of us is the master of our own life, the final judge of what is true and, maybe even more importantly, what leads to happiness. And so, for example, a biblically faithful view on the topics of sex, gender, and family is increasingly seen as not simply old-fashioned, but rather repressive and even bigoted…and therefore on the wrong side of history.

How do we respond in light of this? A couple of thoughts:

Hacking the Hexateuch* to Finish Well

God’s Call to Oppose Evil and the Passivity of Adam “No, that’s not right.” Four simple words. Oftentimes, though of course not always, these very words can serve as a powerful deterrent to evil, if only someone will have the temerity to speak them out loud, for all to hear. One clear, calm voice has

Songs and Scenes: July 17, 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. We’ve included a link to a Spotify playlist of Sunday’s songs (when available) so you can enjoy listening to them throughout your week. This week’s liturgy recap features photos by Andrew Herndon.

Why Greet Missionaries

Wallace-Shawn-Heather-770x770Between services on July 24th, we are hosting a Missionary Meet & Greet with The Wallace Family who are serving in Nairobi, Kenya. Don’t miss the opportunity to be an encouragement to Shawn and Heather and to their children.

When Jesus saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”  Matt 9: 36-38

Missionaries typically sacrifice personally, professionally and financially to take their families to far flung places where they do without conveniences while missing their family and friends in order to work terribly long hours in adverse situations for little thanks and no compensation.

Here are 10 reasons we should be eager to meet and greet missionaries: