February, 2012

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Monthly Archives: February 2012

The First Step to Better Engage Our Culture

Every once in a while, I find myself in the happy circumstance of talking with someone who wishes to become a better “cultural critic.”  Understand that the term critic here is not meant to refer to someone who merely wants to point out flaws.  Ideally, it involves a person who can effectively understand and engage

Going Off the Rails on a Crazy Train

Time and again, I am astonished by how often I run into what I call the Crazy/Clearheaded Paradox. In the context of the ministry work that I do for The Crossing, “the CCP” typically looks something like this: On the one hand, someone might say something like, “I can readily acknowledge that I have made

Songs and Scenes from Sunday, February 26, 2012

Photos graciously provided by Scott Patrick Myers. This morning the psalms of King David guided us in our time of worship together. One of which is this week’s scripture memory verse (Psalm 31:24) which we are memorizing together as a church. Love the LORD, all his faithful people!The LORD preserves those who are true to

Hosea, Adultery, Child Loss, and the Gospel

The people that we are closest with are the ones that have the greatest capacity to inflict pain upon us.  If a stranger or a mere acquaintance says something hurtful, we may not like it too much, but we’ll be able to shrug it off and move on.  But if it is your best friend?

An Unreasonable Reason Rally

On March 24th, it is expected a large collection of secular atheists will descend on the National Mall in Washington D.C. to champion a “secular society based on science, reason, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values”. I personally think that is all fine and good. In fact, I hate to add even more pen to

Christianity and Culture

Last Sunday Dave preached a great sermon on the need for every church and every Christian to shun the unbiblical categories of sacred and secular and instead embrace the lordship of Christ over all spaces, institutions, and human endeavors. While listening to the message, I thought of three related quotes that over the years influenced

Talking Pictures in Review: The Tree of Life (pt. 2)

Last week, I mentioned a few tips shared with the audience before the Talking Pictures screening of The Tree of Life.  But while those pointers are meant to help you better navigate the film as you watch, your experience with it, probably as much or more than any other I’ve seen, will be helped a

The Lord Added to Their Number

What might our city look like today if more and more Christians were thoroughly energized, comforted and supremely confident in the gospel of Jesus Christ? How much difference might the church make if increasing numbers of us really believed the gospel we proclaim and lived it out in front of a watching world? What if

Songs and Scenes from Sunday, February 19, 2012

This week’s music set-list review features photos by Nate Herndon. You’ll find links in the song titles that will allow you to purchase recorded versions of the songs where available. Awakening by Chris Tomlin and Reuben Morgan Awakening served as our call to worship this week. When we sing this prayer (which echoes Ephesians 1:17-19)

Remembering God in the Mundane

I woke up this morning knowing that I had way too much to do with the limited amount of time I would be awake. Even getting up early, I suspected I would leave things undone. Why does this bother me so much, I wonder? Given that I care for several little ones at my house