July, 2011

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Monthly Archives: July 2011

Songs and Scenes from Sunday, July 31, 2011

This week’s Songs and Scenes features photos 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). This setlist (along with many other churches) is also archived at the Sunday Setlist blog at The Worship Community. Our call to worship was

Fighting Sin and Growing Grass

There are several ways we can approach the process of sanctification (growing more and more in godliness). But for our purposes I’ll highlight two – Reactive and Proactive. Reactive growth occurs when we analyze and pinpoint areas of sin and unbelief in our lives and surgically begin trying to remove them from our lives. Say

The Gospel – All Natural with No Additives or Fillers

I had the pleasure of being involved with a student led ministry in college called ICTHUS while I attended Missouri State in the late 1990’s. The ministry was interdenominational, but divided pretty equally between Southern Baptists and Assembly of God. I attribute a better understanding of an ecumenical spirit to my four years associated with

The Crossing’s Fifth 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 would do ministry as a new church. And those who are part of The Crossing will see that the same Six

“The Tree of Life” and Biblical Narratives

Last week I made it to one of the last local showings of The Tree of Life (2011), the latest cinematic offering of director Terrence Malik. When asked to describe what I thought of the film afterward, a few moments of consideration yielded the word “extraordinary.” That single word summary requires a bit of unpacking.

Calling Our Attention to Our “Small” Sins

It seems to me that inviting Jesus into your life can quite reasonably be compared to embarking upon a lifelong housecleaning. Or, as one of The Crossing pastors puts it so succinctly, “You’re never going to get your cap and gown.” The Spirit of God has been absolutely relentless with me of late, faithfully answering

Songs and Scenes from Sunday, July 24, 2011

This week’s service was planned and coordinate by guest worship leader, Mark Collum and features photos 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). Forever by Chris Tomlin Give thanks to the Lord, our God and King,His love endures

Praise God for Knocking Me Upside the Head!

This weekend, Warren and I have run away from Columbia and immersed our family – us and five of our kids – in a southern Missouri rural area where cell service is spotty and an Internet connection is almost non-existent. (If I end up posting this to ESI today, it will be because we drove

160 Million Missing Girls

Mara Hvistendahl has written a fantastic new book called Unnatural Selection in which she identifies a problem that not only has profound implications for individuals but also countries and cultures. It isn’t just a people problem but also a serious demographic problem. The problem is rather simple to understand: Since the late 1970’s over 160

Deepening Your Potter Appreciation

Last weekend saw the opening weekend of the final Harry Potter film installment and with it the great crescendo of Pottermania has broken like a giant wave on legions of moviegoers. Given that the Potter franchise has become the top grossing movie franchise of all time, this is obviously no small thing. All the more