June, 2011

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Monthly Archives: June 2011

Meditations on the Laughter of Christ

Though raised in the church, I have not been a Christian for most of my life. Quite the opposite, in fact; as a young man I thought of Christians as a bunch of dour killjoys, stony-faced hypocrites who – to paraphrase H.L. Mencken – were deeply concerned that someone, somewhere might be having a good

Songs and Scenes from Sunday, June 26, 2011

This week’s Songs and Scenes review features photos courtesy of Nate Herndon. You’ll find links in the song titles that will allow you to purchase recorded versions of the songs where available. Here is Our King (chorus only) by David Crowder Here is Our King, here is our Love,here is the One who’s cometo bring

3 Things You Should Know About Student Ministries’ Jamaica Trip

The Crossing Student Ministries returned from a mission trip to Harmons, Jamaica nearly a week ago. 47 students, parents, and leaders spent 8 days in rural Jamaica serving Jamaicans. Here are a few lessons I took away that I think you should too. 1. Teens and Parents Really Do Like Each Other Across Columbia this

Transformational Community for Single Mothers

There was a time, not all that long ago, when I was a single mother to three young kids. My children were nine, six and three years old when their Dad and I separated; my youngest daughter really has no memories of her parents living under the same roof together, she was so young. Though

You Might Need More Tension in Your Life

Yep. You just might need a more tension in your life. Not the “my job feels like a giant game of Whack-a-Mole” kind. Nor the “my child’s crying could be used as a sonic weapon” kind. Nothing like that. What I’m talking about is the right kind of tension in your understanding of God. The

Secular Interest in “Mastery of Self?”

If memory serves, it was February of 1976 when I attended a weekend retreat with several other high schoolers and parent-chaperones from First Baptist Church in Birmingham, Mich. I was in the ninth grade at the time. That very same weekend, a few other Detroit-area, Baptist-affiliated churches were also headed to the same campground, and

Songs and Scenes from Sunday, June 19, 2011

This week’s Songs and Scenes photos are courtesy of Gerik Parmele. You’ll find links in the song titles that will allow you to purchase recorded versions of the songs where available. God of Wonders by Marc Byrd and Steve Hindalong, Arrangement by The Crossing Music Lord of all Creation,of water, earth and sky,the heavens are

Life Is Sport

Most of my blogging attempts here at ESI revolve around general comments and statements with a rhetorical question thrown in here and there. This time I truly just need your help! Our family has officially passed the threshold into the “Age of Activities”. Our calendar is coded with each of our child’s activities marked with

The Crossing’s Third Core Value

In April of 2000, two months before we held our first worship service at The Crossing, Keith and I wrote out our Six Core Values that would shape who we are and how we do things as a new church. And over the past eleven years now, we’ve discovered that it’s far easier to write

Everything Sad Has Come Untrue

Having recently experienced the preschool version of Kids Club, my son Jack has been thinking a good deal about heaven. A few days ago he remarked, with a kind of dare-I-even-say-it grin, that in heaven he was hoping to have “a bed full of puppies.” Yes, I’m a bit of a stickler for nuanced, accurate