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A (Very Short) Ancient Prayer for Christmas Day

English speakers share a rich past of devotional writings. Take a moment to meditate on the following prayer by Thomas Cranmer written in 1549 for Christmas day. Though our lives and languages change, our hope does not. On Christmas Christ put on our human nature; ever since Christmas we’ve hoped to put on his divine nature,

Preparing Your Preschooler for Christmas

Want a few ideas to help prepare your preschool age child for Christmas? Sure you do, and I’ll give you a few thoughts as to why. Most of us realize that we live in a time and place in which it can be extremely difficult to keep the proper perspective on the significance of Christmas.

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

Three Babies and God’s Grace

On the same Sunday morning in 2015 two babies were born on opposite sides of the world. Neither are particularly special on the surface – neither famous nor particularly noteworthy. Neither knows of the other. However, news of both of their arrivals, and even on the same day, caught my attention and made my eyes a little misty – in a very rich way.

What is so special about these two seven pound babies?

Arrival

I really don’t like it when uncontrolled emotional responses rise up within me; they are almost always an inconvenience, a nuisance that burns up energy I had planned to use in other ways, basically messing up my schedule for that day. Any powerful sense of feeling that can lead to my being unable to speak

Scandalous, Unthinkable Nearness

Romans 5:7-8 (ESV) For one will scarcely die for a righteous person – though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die – but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. When other people wound me – whether through their words, actions

Know Anyone Who’s Dreading the Holidays?

I recently ran into a friend who confided in me his grief over a friend’s disintegrating marriage. My friend has been married for decades, but even though divorce in the United States occurs in roughly half of all marriages, I was struck by how shocked and sad he was when faced with the reality of a

Songs and Scenes: Christmas Eve 2015

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“The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.” – John 1:9

“He was created of a mother whom He created. He was carried by hands that He formed. He cried in the manger in wordless infancy, He the Word, without whom all human eloquence is mute.” – Augustine

Getting Ready for Sunday December 27th at The Crossing

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This week Kermit Summerall takes a break from our John series with a sermon entitled, “The One Thing We Take for Granted” from Exodus 34:6. The Scripture reads,

And he [the Lord] passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.

What have you taken for granted this year? It’s a tricky question. It’s hard sometimes to stop and be aware of what we’re taking for granted, precisely because it’s usually so mundane. Moreover, we take things for granted not just because they’re everyday, but because they’re dependable—they’re always there. But what if there are really crucial things that we’re taking for granted that we shouldn’t? Join us Sunday as Kermit helps us take a fresh look at God and what we shouldn’t take for granted when it comes to him.