We’ve Moved!

The Crossing has a new blog. Every Square Inch will stay activated to continue providing the valuable resources housed on this site, but we will no longer update this blog with new posts.

Check out The Crossing’s new blog on our website: thecrossingchurch.com/blog

Giving By The Numbers Update

The Crossing has been giving to missions & ministry partners since our earliest days. Below is our history of giving in graphic form. It’s pretty amazing to see how our congregational generosity has grown: Our total yearly giving to missions & ministry partners topped $1 million for the first time in 2015. In 2017, our

Things Treasured and Pondered

The last two years of my life have been a blur. Every moment feels spoken for. I often feel pulled in four literal directions as the wants and needs of my four young children are layered on top of each other. Our house is rarely quiet. Discretionary “me” time is at an all time low.

Advent Resources for Families

Like many parents, the end of Thanksgiving week has meant thinking about Christmas. I’ve lost track of the number of fellow moms I’ve talked to on the hunt for ways to help their children prepare for Christ’s birth by celebrating something called Advent. Advent comes from a Latin word that means “coming.” It’s an opportunity to

The Life We Never Expected

I was wiping down high chairs for the millionth time when the call came through. The day felt normal, typical of the blur of other days that had gone before and would come after, but it wasn’t a normal day. The developmental psychologist my son Zeke had seen was on the line. She wanted to

PAID IN FULL: WHY THE CROSSING ERASED $43 MILLION IN MISSOURI MEDICAL DEBT

Would you prefer to listen? Check out this  podcast conversation on Jubilee giving with The Crossing pastors, Keith Simon and Patrick Miller.  Within a short span of two weeks, The Crossing and their local community banded together to absolve $43 million in Missouri medical debt. Learn more about the motivation behind what the church is calling a

Live a Bigger Life: Top 5 Curated Resources (August 2019)

With all the resources at our fingertips to help us grow in and live the bigger life Jesus offers, it can sometimes be overwhelming to know where to start and what sources to trust. That’s why we’re curating five great resources each month for you–from books to podcasts to videos and more–that have been helpful

Girl, You’re Not Enough (And That’s the Point): Rachel Hollis’s Message Through the Lens of the Gospel

Rachel Hollis is an impressive person. She’s overcome a dysfunctional family, her brother’s suicide, an eating disorder. She started a high-end event planning business in L.A. with only a high school education, then another business, Chic Media, that has grown to be a multi-million dollar company. She’s given birth to three boys, was a foster parent for a while, and eventually adopted a little girl. She’s quick to share about her fantastic marriage and great sex life. She boxes, runs marathons, lost a lot of weight and has since kept it off. She drinks half her body weight in ounces of water every day and kicked her addiction to Diet Coke. She gets eight hours of sleep a night, wakes up at 5am, meditates, eats a healthy breakfast, and journals her goals and the things she’s thankful for… all before the kids get up. She has published five books and is a New York Times Bestselling author, she travels all over the country for speaking engagements and book promotions, she organizes (and is the keynote speaker of) a massive conference called Rise, and she has millions of followers on social media…

That’s a lot. I’m worn out just writing about it, let alone doing it all. But that’s the gist of most of Rachel Hollis’s work: helping women see that they too can achieve all their dreams. Page one of Girl, Wash Your Face says it loud and clear: “You, and only you, are ultimately responsible for who you become and how happy you are.”

Make This Summer With Your Kids Count

kids togetherAh, summer. For many of us, the word is synonymous with any number of good things: long, sundrenched days, vacations, going to the pool, the smell of freshly cut grass, baseball, etc. But the summer months also offer a great chance for parents to help their kids grow and develop in an intentional manner. Toward that end, my wife Rachel—who does a great job thinking this through for our own three kids—weighs in with today’s guest post. As you read, keep in mind that each family’s goals will be different given all the variables, including the age of kids, work responsibilities, summer school, etc. And remember that reality sometimes falls short of even the best intentions. It’s a lesson we’re taught regularly at our house!

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I love the idea of using summertime with my kids in a way that makes a lasting impact. But when it comes to parenting, if we don’t have some goals in mind for our kids–whether long-term or short-term–it’s easy to lose sight of where we are going. It’s easy to waste the precious little time we have with these young souls in our charge. (I’m speaking from a “guilty as charged” place myself!) That’s why it’s helpful to think through some specific goals for our summer with our children. Here are a few things I’ve learned over the years about that process.

Live a Bigger Life: Top 5 Curated Resources (June 2019)

With all the resources at our fingertips to help us grow in and live the bigger life Jesus offers, it can sometimes be overwhelming to know where to start and what sources to trust. That’s why we’re curating five great resources each month for you–from books to podcasts to videos and more–that have been helpful