September, 2010

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Monthly Archives: September 2010

The Incredible Story of an African Pastor

The story starts several years ago when Luke Miedema, formerly of The Crossing but now in seminary in Chicago at Trinity, spent a year in Kenya with another of our missionaries, Scott Shannon. During the course of the year, Luke developed a relationship with a Kenyan couple whom we’ll call Joe and Sue. They ran

How’s YOUR Religious Lteracey?

So how literate are you when it comes to your religious knowledge? That’s a fair question, isn’t it? To question one’s literacy about the content of their religious beliefs? I mean, what are your beliefs about if not about actual things you believe to be true? And if religious beliefs are important to you, shouldn’t

Raising Boys to Read

“According to a recent report from the Center on Education Policy…substantially more boys than girls score below the proficiency level on the annual National Assessment of Educational Progress reading test. This disparity goes back to 1992, and in some states the percentage of boys proficient in reading is now more than ten points below that

None Good But God

The name and rank of convicted war criminal William Laws Calley comes quickly and effortlessly to my recollection. I don’t need Google, Wikipedia or anything else to help me remember who he is or the infamous role he played in American military history; “Lt. William Laws Calley” is a phrase forever seared into my consciousness

Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs: September 26, 2010

This week’s music set-list review features photos by Scott Myers and was planned and lead by guest worship leader Rhett Johnson. You’ll find links in the song titles that will allow you to purchase versions of the songs as recorded by the original artists. He is Yahweh by Dean Salyn. This is a song that

A “Lost” Screwtape Letter You Should Read

A few weeks ago I stumbled upon a “Lost Letter to Wormwood” written by Kevin DeYoung over at the Gospel Coalition’s website. Many years ago C.S. Lewis wrote The Screwtape Letters, a fictional correspondence between a head-demon and an under-demon full of wisdom on how to entice and enslave despicable humans. DeYoung has taken the

Don’t Pass by the Good News

One of the spiritual disciplines that I’ve always wanted to practice but never been very faithful in doing is journaling. If you are not familiar with the phrase “spiritual disciplines,” it is often used in reference to 1 Timothy 4:7 “Discipline yourselves for the purpose of godliness.” As Paul indicated in his correspondence with Timothy,

A Special Story from Colleen Kelly

For this week’s blog post, let me introduce to you Colleen Kelly. She is one of our beloved staff members with our Veritas ministry, which is The Crossing’s ministry to college students. About a year ago Colleen was diagnosed with cancer. We all can relate to the shock when first receiving such news. And I

Christians and Economics: Who Cares?

“I only care about the moral issues.” I can’t say for certain, but I’m willing to bet that many Christians would express something similar to the above statement when asked about their views concerning economic issues. Doubtless this holds true even in the face of the serious and difficult economic questions facing our nation at

Am I Now Officially Out of Excuses?

Just last week, the Census Bureau unveiled some fairly disturbing statistics with regard to poverty in the United States. A breaking news alert from CNN, received at 9:20 a.m. Thursday morning, carried the subject line “1 in 7 Americans Live in Poverty.” Stating that the 2009 poverty rate closed out the year at 14.3%, the