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Monthly Archives: November 2007

What’s So Great About Christianity? Part 3

Before I dive into D’Souza’s book for part 3 of this series, I want to mention another book that was released this fall on the same topic and has received a lot of attention in the press – “There is a God: How the World’s Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind. “In the book the

What to Think About Oprah?

I’m betting there are at least two common reactions to the title of this post. The first originates from those who consider themselves Oprah fans. They might quickly rally to what we could label the “Oh No He Didn’t” perspective, saying something like the following: “He’s done it now. I’ve kinda liked this church blog

What’s So Great About Christianity? Part 2

Last week I promised to use this space to work through Dinesh D’Souza’s What’s So Great About Christianity. The book is broken into eight parts with three or four chapters in each part. For now, I’m going to try to write one post for each of the parts, but I reserve the right to change

Christianity and Environmental Stewardship: Some Initial Food for Thought

Several months ago, I came across an article regarding the pace that humanity is consuming the earth’s resources. While I realize information regarding environmental issues is often disputed, I have no particular reason to doubt the credibility of the either the article’s author or the report on which it is based (if someone has reasonable

Books Make Great Christmas Gifts

One of the best Christmas gifts that you can give another person is a good book. With that in mind, I thought that you might be interested in this list of recommended reading by Tim Challies. The list is full of great books in a wide variety of categories. If you want to make a

What’s So Great About Christianity? Part 1

If you’ve been paying attention to the cultural discussion in the past few years, you are aware that there is a new and more militant atheism afoot in both America and the UK. The beginning of this “new” atheism and its godless world view is traced back to Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion which was

The Missionary Icon Who Had Nothing Better to Say

If you’ve been around The Crossing long, you’ve probably heard the phrase, “As Christians, we can never get past the gospel.” Adoniram Judson, the first missionary ever sent out from North America in 1812, understood and illustrated this truth. Here was a man who, for the sake of Christ, gave up almost everything. His biography,

God Demands Community: Review of ‘Into the Wild’

I’m probably the last person to see the movie Into the Wild who is actually going to watch it in theaters, so I apologize if I am covering old ground. I was not planning on writing any sort of review, but the movie surprised me so I have recorded a few thoughts for your entertainment.

Rewards Can Be Dangerous

Question: Why does The Crossing discourage the use of extrinsic rewards (candy, toys, money, etc…) to motivate children to do good things like memorize Bible verses or exercise proper behavior in the classroom? Before I answer that question, let me offer two definitions. Extrinsic motivation offers a reward that is not naturally connected to the

nature is a laid trap

I can never go to a wedding without imagining myself getting married; I can never go to a funeral and not imagine myself in the casket. I suppose no contemplative person can. This past weekend, my friend Luke’s dad died. At the funeral in Belle Fourche, South Dakota, I watched person after person stand and