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Songs and Scenes: October 30, 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 Scott Myers.


Register Early!

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Early Bird Registration Ends November 30th, 2016.
INMED has opened their early bird registration for:
2017 Humanitarian Health Conference
March 24-25, 2017
Kansas City, MO 

Conference Theme: “Holistic Partnership with the Forgotten”

Getting Ready for Sunday October 30 at The Crossing

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This week we continue our sermon series, “Running the Race of Your Life,” as Keith Simon preaches a sermon entitled, “Why I Love the Bible” from 2 Peter 1:19. The Scripture reads,

We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.

Here’s our song list for this Sunday (with links to lyrics and music):

10 Quotes From Befriend by Scott Sauls

befriendYou might remember that Scott Sauls, pastor in Nashville, spoke at a college conference that The Crossing hosted last winter and then did us the favor of staying one more day so that he could preach on Sunday morning. I’ve known Scott for a few years and always thought he was a great guy but then he wrote the book Jesus Outside The Lines and lots of people found out that he has a lot of wisdom to share especially when it comes to relating to the people who live around us that aren’t Christians.

Recently he released a new book entitled befriend. The subtitle does a pretty good job explaining the heart of the book, “create belonging in an age of judgment, isolation, and fear”. Scott is convinced that Christians are retreating from culture and trying to find protected enclaves with people who are like us. This runs so contrary to the spirit and model of Jesus who always pursued the “other” person, the person different than him whether it be the woman who was treated with condescension, the sinner with the reputation, the alienated leper, the overlooked blind man, the unwanted tax collector.

Some of you (like my wife) will be motivated to read Scott’s book because Ann Voskamp is a big fan and wrote the forward!

10 Quotes from befriend

Wrestling with Pain and Hardship: One Look Behind the Curtain

How do we make sense out of pain and hardship?

I recently read about a boy who was born without the ability to use one of the joints in his thumbs. On the surface, this might seem to be a relatively small disability. But taking into account how often we use our thumbs, and the complex movements we sometimes require them to make, we might begin to see what a difficult trial this would have been for a young boy. And this is particularly true of one who, in his words, “longed to make things, ships, houses, engines. Many sheets of cardboard and pairs of scissors I spoiled, only to turn from my hopeless failures in tears.”

I’ll admit that I find stories like this one hard to hear. Perhaps it’s because I have three kids of my own, and I reflexively imagine what it would be like for one of them to face the same difficulty. It would not be easy for me to see one of them crying with frustration and sorrow after failing again and again to do what most of us can accomplish with relative ease.

Of course I would hate it. Of course I would question God. Of course I would wonder why it had to be that way.

Treasuring More Than Parenting Warm Fuzzies

Last weekend my son Gideon celebrated his first birthday.   As I spent time reflecting on our first twelve months as a family of three, the well-known words of Luke 2:19 came to mind, “But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” Perhaps like me you’ve read this verse with a

Songs and Scenes: October 23, 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 Dan Gill.


Invested in Leadership

version-2The Crossing is strategically investing in pastoral and chaplaincy leadership in Kenya. This builds the capacity of church leadership with solid theological training. It also provides better prepared chaplains for police and army units. These men can especially impact areas of culture where historically there has been a tendency for graft.

The Crossing provides scholarships for pastors and chaplains to obtain theological education at Covenant College of Theological Studies and Leadership in Nairobi. We congratulate the recent graduating class of pastors and chaplains.

screen-shot-2016-10-22-at-12-15-52-pmscreen-shot-2016-10-22-at-12-15-57-pmJoel Kavala serves Covenant as Academic Dean, while Stephen Kiura serves as Principal. These men also serve on our Kenya Advisors Council (KAC). This group of Kenyan pastors and missionaries help us monitor and connect with partner projects in Kenya.

Joel is a former scholarship recipient and candidate for Masters graduation from Westminster Theological Seminary Uganda (WTSU is now in the process of becoming accredited as ARTS: Africa Reformation Theological Seminary.) His hope is to obtain PhD education through a low residency seminary in South Africa.

Scholarships for theological education in Uganda and Nairobi are generously provided through Kenya Christlike Leadership Program (KCLP) which was founded in 2009 by Crossing members concerned with transforming communities in Kenya through the gospel. One means of achieving this is enlarging the Christlike leadership capacity of key members of the church and community.

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Getting Ready for Sunday October 23 at The Crossing

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This week we continue our sermon series, “Running the Race of Your Life,” as Keith Simon preaches a sermon entitled, “How I Got Spiritual Growth Wrong” from 2 Peter 1:3–12. The Scripture reads,

Should We Applaud Military Personnel At Sporting Events?

It happens at almost every football game. A member of the armed forces, often someone who has been in a combat zone, is introduced and the crowd responds with a rousing ovation. That’s a good thing, yes? Well of course it’s always appropriate to thank people who serve their country at great cost to themselves and their family.

But Sebastian Junger’s book Tribe casts such scenes in a different light. Junger, a journalist who has written extensively on war and those who fight, asks whether applauding those who serve in the military is related to a problem as serious as Post Stress Traumatic Disorder (PTSD)?