April, 2012

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Monthly Archives: April 2012

The Gospel and the New Spirituality

“I do not consider myself ‘religious.’ In fact, I have never wanted to be thought of as religious. Nor do I think it would be accurate to say that I am ‘spiritual.’ Those are two labels that I tend to resist. Instead, I would simply ask that you classify me – if you must –

Songs and Scenes from April 29, 2012

This weeks Song and Scenes features photos courtesy of Lana Eklund. You’ll find links in the song titles to help you purchase recorded versions of the songs when available. All Hail the Power of Jesus Name – Words by Edward Perronet (1780), Contemporary chorus by Judah Groveman (based on a arrangement by Jaron and Katherine Kamon)

Divorced, But Still Married

Last week, The Crossing finished its seventh session of DivorceCare. My husband and I, both previously divorced, have been facilitating this class for over three years now, and have begun to see familiar patterns in the way people deal with the break-up of their marriages, and the common mistakes we all can make as a

Technology and Relationships Part 1

On a recent trip I needed to borrow my 16 year old son’s phone. We’d been rear ended by another car and after the traditional exchange of insurance information, I needed to fill my wife in on what had happened. My iPhone had been unreliable of late so I asked to use his. When he

Charles Colson, 1931-2012: A Life of Amazing Grace

It’s probably safe to say that Charles Colson was once one of the most hated individuals in America.  As special counsel to President Richard Nixon, Colson was a powerful and ruthless political operative. To get the president reelected, he once remarked, “I would walk over my own grandmother if necessary.”  His zeal led him to

Songs and Scenes from Sunday, April 22, 2012

This week’s worship service was planned and led by David Cover. You’ll find links in the song titles that will allow you to purchase recorded versions of the songs where available. Gathering Instrumental: Steps Forward – by Andrew Camp Doxology – Words: Thom­as Ken (1674), Music: Old 100th, Ge­ne­van Psalt­er (1551), Additional lyrics and Music by

The Top Five Regrets of the Dying

Our small group is currently working through the book of Ecclesiastes. I never imagined I would enjoy the study as much as I have. There is something truly refreshing and calming to know that the struggles we all deal with have been repeated throughout the course of human history (Ecclesiastes 1:9-10). It is almost as

Marriage vs. Cohabitation

Would you buy a pair of shoes before trying them on or a car without a test drive? If your answer is no, then why would you get married to another person without first living together? So goes the cultural logic. In a 2001 nationwide survey almost 50% of those in their 20’s agreed with

“I Am Not the Christ”

In his sermon this past Sunday, Keith mentioned John the Baptist’s clear declaration that he was in fact not the long-promised Messiah.  Another John, the apostle and gospel writer, recorded it this way: “And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, ‘Who are you?’

Movie Review: ‘The Descendants’

Over the weekend I had the increasingly-rare opportunity to watch a film that 1) had only recently become available via Redbox, 2) was driven primarily by the development of the characters in the story, 3) did not feature animated chipmunks, and 4) contained – at least as far as I could tell – almost zero