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Monthly Archives: November 2018

Black Friday Eve (aka Thanksgiving)

At dinner this evening, a friend of mine pointed out the irony in Black Friday following just one day after Thanksgiving. So we all sit around cozy tables surrounded by friends and family on Thursday, eating turkey and dressing, and relaxing the afternoon away either watching football or chatting with relatives we see twice a

Help! What Do I Do When I Don’t Understand the Bible?

thumb_41rJJE82O7L_1024Anybody who’s ever read the Bible for any length of time has experienced it. You’re reading along, understanding things well enough. But then, like Han Solo getting hit with a tractor beam aboard the Millennium Falcon, you come across a verse or passage that pulls you up short. “Wait, what did that say?” you ask yourself. Did someone interrupt your regularly scheduled English programming with an alien language? Or maybe it’s an image or metaphor that you simply don’t understand. Or it could be that you comprehend the words just fine, but you can hardly believe that they say what you think they say. In any case, confusion sets in, often soon followed by frustration. And you walk away, less confident in your ability to read the Bible, and less motivated to do so.

Of course all this is understandable. The Bible was written over a period of many centuries, by several different human authors, in three different ancient languages and in a host of different historical contexts. There’s bound to be a few things that trip us up. So what to do when you find yourself in this situation? Here are a few things to keep in mind:

Peru: ACCE Juan 3:16

ACCE Juan 3:16 is a new ministry partner of The Crossing located in Yungay, Peru. ACCE Juan 3:16 translates to John 3:16 Christian Cultural Educational Association. “ACCE Juan 3:16 desires to transform a community through the power of the Gospel. Our mission is to provide each child with the tools they need to develop physically,

Crossing Explainer: Seven Important Things You Need to Know About the Bible

IMG_23141. The Bible was written by many different human authors.

Like classic Russian novels, the Bible is bigger than most books. But unlike Russian novels, it has more than one human author. In fact, a great many authors, including some of the more familiar names to the Christian faith, like Moses, David, Peter, John, and Paul, have written several of its 66 individual books. But this isn’t just a piece of Bible trivia. Those different authors wrote in different historical situations, using different vocabulary and writing styles—all of which helps to explain why one part of the Bible reads differently than the next.

2. The Bible has one ultimate Author.

We’re not given many details on how he did it, but we’re clearly assured that he did: behind the various human writers, each writing in their own voice, stands God himself as the ultimate author (see 2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:20-21). This means that the Bible exhibits his trustworthiness and carries his authority. It also leads to the next point.

City of Refuge: Book Drive for Preschool Classroom

City of Refuge Book Drive Nov. 4–18, The Crossing Office City of Refuge, a local partner of The Crossing, is collecting items for their new preschool class for refugee and immigrant children. They are looking for donations of new or gently used preschool or kindergarten books, large beads, plastic bead cord, cookie sheets, puppets, or simple workbooks. There

10 Bible Verses: God’s Perspective For Parents

Jesus: “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” God didn’t design anyone to be sustained only by food. We were made to to feed on the spiritual truth found in the Bible. That’s true for all of us but today our focus is on parents.

Relevant2018::ASELSI::Guatemala

The Crossing has partnered with ASELSI in Guatemala for many years. Recently, more than 150 children and youth ministers came together at ASELSI to learn, be encouraged, and grow together at #Relevant2018. ASELSI is reaching the next generation by training leaders who understand their call and ministry. For more Spanish language and English subtitled videos

Thinking (Christianly) About Politics

It’s that season again. I don’t mean winter. I mean the political season. Last night, Iowa kicked off the long primary/caucus gauntlet (grueling for both candidates and voters?), which will culminate several months from now in a national election. And if we aren’t already thinking along these lines, it’s a good reminder that we as Christians have a responsibility to think through how our faith should inform our understanding of and involvement with politics.

That’s not inventing a link that isn’t there, it’s just being biblical. Consider just one passage of many we could use to make the point: