July, 2018

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Monthly Archives: July 2018

Marriage Advice That’s Practical…And Biblical

I love it when social science affirms what we find in the Bible if for no other reason than it gives me confidence that the Bible is God’s Word to us. If the Bible is true, and of course I believe it is, then we should expect to see it accurately describe the world we live in. So I was glad Charles passed on to me an article on marriage research that appeared in The Atlantic last year. The author, Emily Smith, writes about the research done by psychologists John and Julie Gottman of the Gottman Institute in New York.

A team of researchers brought in thousands of couples to participate in a longitudinal study in which they initially measured physiological differences in couples while engaging in conversation with each other about their relationship. Six years later they checked back in with the couples to find out how their marriages were doing. Based on the data gathered, the Gottmans separated the couples into Masters and Disasters. The Masters were those couples in a self described happy marriage and the Disasters were the couples who were either no longer together or in chronically unhappy marriages.

When it comes to marriage, what determines whether you are a Master or a Disaster?

The Folly of Spiritual Deal-Making, Using Sobriety as a ‘Bargaining Chip’

Today marks an anniversary of sorts for me; as of July 23, 2018, I have officially been sober from illegal drugs and alcohol for 21 years. As I enter into Year 22 of this particularly-grueling adventure with Jesus, it seemed like a good idea to pause and recount His faithfulness to me – even as

5 Reasons to Keep On Being Hospitable

I used to think that hospitality was a gift that only certain people had. You know the type: the woman with muffins in the oven, two pies in the fridge, three lasagnas in the freezer, coffee always fresh, and crisp flowers on the table. I have been blessed by these types of people over and over again, and I am truly thankful for those who seemingly put little effort into welcoming others into their home. But for me, it’s hard not to fall into a frenzy when there’s an unannounced guest for dinner, because, well, I was just planning on eating popcorn for dinner, and I might have drank all the coffee.

Kenya Missions Info & Prayers for Guatemala Team:

JOIN US TONIGHT!! Where? Cami Wheeler’s home Email:  missions@thecrossingchurch.com to receive directions ~or~ Stop by their MEET & GREET TABLE tomorrow morning between services in the Lobby Erick & Kimberly Apel have been missions partners of The Crossing for nearly a decade in Nairobi, Kenya where they live with their young daughter, Eliana, and serve

A Modern Day Parable

It shouldn’t be surprising that some of the most popular parts of the Bible are Jesus’ parables. After all the stories are interesting and the spiritual truth they convey profound. In Sunday’s New York Times, Sam Polk, a former Wall Street trader, shared part of his personal history. It’s a story that I would classify

Kenya Mission Team Info Meeting with Apels:

Erick & Kimberly Apel have been missions partners of The Crossing for nearly a decade in Nairobi, Kenya where they live with their young daughter, Eliana, and serve with Serge. Erick, as a Kenyan, has a passion to empower young adults with marketable skills and sustainable work while sharing His faith in Christ. Kimberly, as a nurse practitioner, works in an unreached refugee neighborhood in medical outreach. They are starting a new team to focus on these two areas. Join us Saturday night for the Info Meeting to hear about their vision & how God’s Kingdom is advancing in Nairobi. Or stop by their table in the lobby between services to welcome the Apels and find out more about their work.
Missionary Meet & Greet:
  • Date: Sunday, July 15
  • Time: Between Services
  • Location: Lobby

Who’s Fighting for You?

July 3, 2017. It’s a beautiful, sunny day in mid-Missouri, but I woke up today feeling sad and heavy-hearted, a frequent occurrence of late. After a long season of peace, I have found myself being led back down into a darker valley in recent months, a season of more trying times. If you haven’t yet

The Ever-Escalating ‘Body Count’ That Comes with Always Being Right

“You sound awfully sure of yourself.” This simple sentence was offered to me as a rebuke, born out of genuine concern for my well-being…though delivered with no small amount of sarcasm. On that day, those cutting words were exactly what I needed to hear, a slightly-unorthodox “apple of gold in a setting of silver” (Proverbs