Warren Mayer

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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

Zero Spoilers, One Persistent Theme Embedded in the ‘Star Wars’ Multiverse

“Why is this lobby filling up with so many dudes?” The question arose without warning, fueled by a random observation, but it made enough of an impression upon my consciousness that I felt compelled to snap a quick image of all the guys lining up in the middle of the work day to see the

Abusers, Hucksters and the Protection of Wronged Parties

The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him. Proverbs 18:17 (ESV) Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured

Freedom to Serve in the Moment Provided

Last week, as I was hurriedly leaving one job site to drive frantically over to the next, I had the “bad luck” to be drawn into the very-real problems of another human being, the presenting issue at hand being a broken retractable dog leash. Involuntarily, I felt my inner heart pipe up: “Seriously?” Surely no

Spot-On Theology and Worship…from the Least-Likely of Sources

“Yeah, see…you can’t really celebrate His birth in Bethlehem unless you remember the Cross…and the Resurrection. You gotta keep all three of them in mind, or else it really don’t make sense. That’s why I drew all three.” Last week, I was minding my own business, very busy doing something terribly important, when a member

Holiday Warning: Don’t Get ‘Ambushed’ by Grief

The Crossing has been offering “Surviving the Holidays” for several years now, and with good reason. Literally dozens of people have been helped by this video- and discussion-based program, and so it is that we look forward to helping several more people this coming Saturday, Nov. 18th, starting at 10 a.m. at The Crossing, 3615

The Power of Life As ‘An Open Book’

Earlier today, I was able to comfort a close friend by sharing with her something really stupid, sinful and awful I had done in the fall of 2002; her comfort was not derived from obtaining yet another piece of evidence confirming a widely-held hypothesis that I am a complete idiot, but rather from my sharing

Upcoming Special Events in Columbia

One of the more encouraging ways I have found to exercise my faith in Christ is to seek the good of the city to which He has sent this former Detroiter. Since I landed in CoMo in the Fall of 1992, it’s been pretty wild to watch as God has raised up 1) my home

‘Jesus, could we put this whole crucifixion thing to a vote?’

Recently, yet another congregation of Christians took a vote and decided “overwhelmingly” to agree amongst themselves to overturn centuries of orthodoxy with regard to human sin and the singular rescue plan we all freely have been offered in Jesus. Unsurprisingly, the driving issue at hand was God’s revelation as it relates to His created order,

Glorify Jesus by Accepting His Blood-Bought Forgiveness

An Open Letter to My Guilt-Ridden Friend in Christ My friend, I truly have lost count of the number of times I have heard someone say the exact same thing (almost to the very word and order) that you expressed to me last week: “I know God has forgiven me, but I just can’t forgive