December, 2009

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Monthly Archives: December 2009

Legalism vs. Freedom in Christ

Church folk probably hear this phrase bandied about quite a lot, but what does it really mean for a Christian to be “free in Christ?” Are we now free in Christ to do pretty much whatever we want? (Clearly not, according to Paul in Romans 6:1-14.) So how does this newfound freedom really impact our

No Less Miraculous than a Virgin Birth…

“Merry Christmas!” to anyone who might actually read this entry the same day it was posted. I’ve only recently been asked to post to ESI, so writing something for Christmas Day feels like a huge honor to me…still not quite sure how that happened. My husband wrote this past Monday (Dec. 21) on how critical

Spurgeon on Our Security in Christ

Here’s an encouraging, brief little snippet from C.H. Spurgeon, a pastor in London in the 1800’s and one of my favorite authors. I read it this morning and thought it worth sharing with you. It’s from his devotional book, Morning and Evening. “. . . WHOSE ORIGIN IS FROM OF OLD,FROM ANCIENT DAYS.” — MICAH

Celebrating a Birth Completely Unbound by Human Expectations

As Christmas draws near and we begin to focus on what God has done for us in Jesus Christ, I am reminded of a sermon I listened to a few Christmases ago. I have friends who, despite the Bible’s abundantly-clear teachings on how God entered humanity, stumble in their walk toward faith when it comes

Discontentment 101

Warning: the following will include a discussion of the drama involving Tiger Woods. If you have reached a maximum threshold of exposure to his situation, it is recommended that you promptly move on to another site and come back tomorrow for another blog entry. I know, I know. Any continued discussion of the circus surrounding

Open: Andre Agassi

I love reading biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs (although I’m not sure that there is much of a difference between the last two) because they allow me to look into another person’s life and learn from them. For example if you want to learn the lessons that Billy Graham learned over the course of decades in

Was Satan the First Mormon?

I read a book this past week entitled, “Mormonism Explained: What Latter-day Saints Teach and Practice.” It’s written by a respected pastor in the same denomination as The Crossing. I’m so glad I read this book. If you view this book on, and read some of the reviews posted below its listing there, you’ll

Suggestions for Dads This Christmas

“’Tis the season for Dad to drop the holiday ball, stress out as the money is being spent for presents, and miss yet another providential opportunity to lovingly lead his family.” So says Mark Driscoll, the pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle. To fight this negative tendency, he offers a list of suggestions for

Jumbo Shrimp and Christian Hate Mongers

It would seem that the latest assault of organized hatred on our hometown has subsided, at least for the time being. In case you missed it, just last week several members of Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka brought their hate-filled placards and rhetoric to three locations in Columbia, hoping to make clear their theological position

The Grace of Frustration

The book of Hosea is often overlooked. But it is a powerful picture of God’s grace and discipline for us. I encourage you to read it again if you haven’t in a while. But for now, here’s a quick thought from Hosea 2:5-8. The passage says this: For she said, ‘I will go after my