October, 2012

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Monthly Archives: October 2012

C. S. Lewis on the Writing Process, Narnia Stories

With notable exceptions, reflection on culture and the arts hasn’t been a strong suit of evangelical Christians over the last several decades. There are certainly signs that this inertia is changing in a positive direction: many contemporary figures now address these topics to one degree or another. But for writers in particular, one could hardly

Living at Peace with Limited Insight

If whatever remains of the day will allow for it – and we are not physically exhausted – my wife and I often find ourselves hemming and hawing over how exactly to spend those precious few minutes of relaxation time: Do we watch the next carefully-scripted and gorgeously-produced episode of Downton Abbey…or do we instead

Songs and Scenes from Sunday, October 28, 2012

Songs and Scenes is a weekly blog review of songs, readings and prayers featured in The Crossing’s Sunday services. This week, Nate Herndon graciously provided photos to give a taste of sunday morning life at The Crossing. You’ll also find links in the song titles that will allow you to purchase recorded versions of the

Ricky Gervais: Champion of ‘Science’?

Comedian, actor, show host…Ricky Gervais has a reputation for the provocative. So it’s not that surprising to find him sparking a few fires via the Twitterverse. In a tweet last week, he juxtaposed two recent news events: Austrian Felix Baumgautner’s successful parachute jump from an astounding 128,176 feet above the earth and a Taliban gunman’s

‘Good Samaritans’ in the Digital Age

My day job requires me to stay current with the latest tools and tricks relative to providing information via the Internet. As a full-time Web developer at Mizzou, I serve my employer best when I use the tools of the online age to connect relationally with MU faculty, staff, students and alumni in a manner

Songs and Scenes from Sunday, October 21, 2012

This morning, we were fortunate to have Loud Harp join us as guest music leaders. Loud Harp’s desire is, “to make music that explores and makes known the peace that Jesus gives. A peace that echoes loud in our hearts, louder than our doubts and fears.” To find more information about the band visit their

What I Pray People Will Say at My Funeral

I spent my Friday and Saturday attending two visitations and funerals, both for deeply beloved family men who died earlier than expected. I also had several volunteers whose friend died last week suddenly and tragically. Death makes you think and evaluate. That’s what I did the past few days, and I learned something I want to

Mormonism in the New Yorker

Since Mitt Romney became a serious contender for the Republican nomination and now for President, the country has learned a lot about his Mormon faith. Given that Mormonism is a uniquely American religion in that it’s sacred events happened on our soil and not that long ago, it’s somewhat surprising that it’s still shrouded in

The Rest of the Story

Often when I was with my dad growing up, he’d have the radio playing one of the local AM talk stations. At the time, I wasn’t a big fan of this, but now I seem to do the same thing, only with sports talk radio. (Chip off the ol’ block, as they say.) At any

How Can ‘Dead Men’ Keep Sinning?

As Christians, we read and hear a lot about the promise of our progressive sanctification, but one of the more emotionally confusing and frustrating aspects of living this out is the ongoing – and unwanted – presence of sin in the life of a believer: “How can I possibly belong to Christ and still fall