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Monthly Archives: June 2017

Psychology Today Article Recognizes Crossing Member

Leigh Shaffer, a member here at The Crossing, was the subject of a recent article in Psychology Today. It begins this way:

Dr. Leigh Shaffer is a dear friend and colleague whose health has not been good lately. He has borne his illness as he has conducted himself throughout his life, with much grace, humility, and dignity. I wanted to take this opportunity to write a note of gratitude for my time with Leigh, as he has been an inspiration to me.

Leigh is an academic. He spent many years as a professor of psychology before moving to Columbia with his wife Barbara. He is also a committed Christian, having participated in various teaching and ministry roles throughout his life. Both of these aspects of Leigh’s life feature prominently in the article, which was authored by George Mason psychology professor Gregg Henriques. In reading Henriques’ “letter of deep appreciation” for his friend, I was struck by a handful of things that can teach and encourage us:

Pursuing Healthy Eating via ‘Heart Surgery’

The latest health-care statistics tell us that seven in ten Americans could stand to lose at least a little weight but, apparently, the majority of that 71% have grown weary of the demoralizing cycle of trying-and-failing, trying again and failing again. According to TIME magazine’s June 5th cover story, we Americans have never been more

Thank You Notes from Drought Stricken Kenya

The Crossing recently sent special food relief funds to our Kenya project partners. The drought and resulting famine in East Africa are making it terribly expensive for these partner ministries to keep the children fed. Here are the thank you notes they’ve sent.

From Racefield School:

God bless you so much, Crossing Church!

Surely you have all been used of God! The famine in Kenya has become so acute and unbearable, the food prices going very high! 

How to Prepare for Sunday Worship: June 25

This week Keith Simon preaches a sermon entitled, “Jesus Is An Awkward Dinner Guest” from Luke 14:1-14.

Since we are dipping into Luke for this one sermon, you might enjoy getting an overview on chapters 10-24. This Bible Project video would be well worth your time to understand the book better.


You can read the Scripture below.

Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life

What work matters? Was God more glorified when I taught fifth graders at a public elementary school or when I worked at a church? Is He more pleased when I write a children’s ministry lesson than when I fold laundry, read to my toddler, or empty the dishwasher? Even among those tasks, is there a

Away from God, Toward the Buffet Line

Next month, by God’s grace and inexhaustible mercy, I look forward to celebrating 20 years of sobriety from alcohol and illicit drugs. As that date draws near, it would probably be wise for me to recall that my first day on this 20-year journey was preceded by approximately three years of halting attempts and failures.

HOW TO PREPARE FOR SUNDAY WORSHIP: JUNE 18

This week Charles Anderson preaches a sermon entitled, “Then There Will be No Time for Shame” from Isaiah 45:14-25. You can read the Scripture below.

We also invite you to join us to wish Charles and Erin Anderson and family a fond farewell and our blessing as they move to Indianapolis at the end of the month. Refreshments and an opportunity to express our thanks will take place after third service.


Isaiah 45:14-25

14 This is what the Lord says:

U.S. Senators Characterize a Central Christian Belief as “Indefensible” and “Violation of the Public Trust”

If you stated publically that believing in Jesus Christ is necessary for the true worship of God, do you think there would be any repercussions?

In the case of Russell Vought, it meant two U.S. senators questioning his fitness for a job in the federal government. Vought has been nominated for the deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget, and during his recent confirmation hearing, he came under fire as a result of his role in a previous controversy at Wheaton College, an evangelical Christian institution and Vought’s alma mater.

In December of 2015, Wheaton political science professor Larycia Hawkins made news for a Facebook post in which she wrote, “I stand in religious solidarity with Muslims because they, like me, a Christian, are people of the book. And as Pope Francis stated last week, we worship the same God.” In response, Vought wrote an article in which he argued that “Muslims do not simply have a deficient theology. They do not know God because they have rejected Jesus Christ his Son, and they stand condemned.”

Those are undoubtedly strong words, but in terms of representing historic, orthodox Christian belief, Vought’s position is anything but controversial. Christians have held to this doctrine for nearly two millennia, based on the teaching of Jesus himself. For example, in John 14:6 Jesus famously states, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” And consider another famous passage, along with the verses that immediately follow:

Twelve Things I’ve Learned from the Andersons

This coming Sunday, our church will have the opportunity to say good-bye to Charles and Erin Anderson and their children as they prepare to move to Indianapolis at the end of the month. I am one of many people who have been deeply impacted by their time in Columbia and will forever be grateful for

Kids Club: Mission Prayer

Another year of Kids Club is in the books. This week of high intensity fun centered around communicating the gospel to preschool and elementary kids involves hundreds of kids and volunteers. While it’s easy to get swept up in all the cheers, chants, dances, songs, skits, slime, crafts, service projects, games, mudslides & water fights,