Category Archives: Culture

Don’t All Religions Basically Believe the Same Thing?

How would you respond to a statement like this one: “All religions basically believe the same thing”? It’s a common enough idea, so it’s worth asking how we might respond if someone brings it up in a conversation.

My suggestion? Start asking questions.

Racial Reconciliation Through Community (Part 1)

A few weeks ago, NFL player and author Ben Watson came to The Crossing for a candid conversation about race. The packed auditorium alone spoke to the need our church, community, and nation has for this type of dialogue. As Watson himself pointed out, however, large events and books are great places to start the

Learning to Love Better

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, which means that love is in the air.

Or is it?

I ask the question because I’m convinced that love is one of the more widely defined–and misunderstood–concepts in our culture. And I’m far from the first person to point out that this time of year doesn’t always lend itself to the clearest thinking on the subject.

So when you get right down to it, what does it mean to love someone in God’s eyes?

Four Novels to Celebrate Black History Month with Older Children

A few months ago, I shared a list of picture books that promoted racial reconciliation along with a rationale for why books like these are important for all children. This week, I’d like to share four young adult novels that do this as well and can be used to help older children (upper elementary-middle school) celebrate Black

Truth, Authority and Loyalty

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will

Does Christianity Need to Change or Die, or Will it Die if It Changes?

Nobody who’s around The Crossing for long will confuse it with a perfect church. But over the last 16+ years, we’ve seen it grow from a couple of dozen people to regularly having over three thousand adults worship on a Sunday morning. And while that’s very encouraging, it also sparks a few important questions.

Why does a church grow? And what will help it continue to grow?

Ultimately, the answer to both questions is the sheer grace of God, and it’s exceedingly important to remember that fact. But I think it’s fair to say that God normally uses various ways to deliver that grace, and recent research offers some insight into at least one of them. And that particular way, it turns out, runs counter to what many observers might think.

The Difficult Teachings of Martin Luther King Jr. and Jesus

Yesterday, our country celebrated the important work of Martin Luther King Jr. My social media feeds were filled with inspirational quotes with trendy fonts and backgrounds. In many ways it was an appropriate response to a man who dedicated and lost his life pursuing equality and justice for all. Yet, as a few friends bravely