August, 2013

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Monthly Archives: August 2013

What Would Jesus Say to Miley Cyrus?

By now you have seen, read, or heard about Miley Cyrus’ night at the VMA’s hosted by MTV. Most of the reactions have been predictable such as the condemnation of the Parents Television Council which ironically her father, Billy Ray, serves as a board member. But I’ve been surprised by the negative reaction offered by

50 Reasons I Love the Bible

You probably know (or you’ve heard) that reading the Bible is good for our souls. Maybe you never experienced that personally, because you never prioritized reading time. Or maybe you read it in the past, but feel burnt out today. Or maybe you read every day, but it’s become a heartless religious observance. Regardless of your

What’s the Point?

What’s the point? Really. I mean big picture. As in what’s the point of your life? Have you ever thought about that question for any length of time? I ask because I think it’s a worthwhile exercise. Let me try to illustrate. Many people, whether they realize it or not, live for success in their

Skin Deep

This past Spring, I found myself “unusually fascinated” by an ancient piece of history that had somehow eluded me for most of my life. Like most people, I imagine, I have probably seen various manifestations of the Chi Rho symbol thousands of times in my life but had never once paused to consider its origin

Songs and Scenes: Sunday, August 25, 2013

Songs and Scenes is a weekly blog review of songs, readings, prayers– all the elements featured in The Crossing’s Sunday morning liturgy. You’ll find links in the song titles allowing you to purchase recorded versions of the songs when available. 1. Call to Worship: Ephesians 5:19-20 Sing to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual

How to Prepare for Sunday Aug. 25th at The Crossing

On Fridays we post a guide for how to prepare for the upcoming Sunday service. It gives you a chance to read the Bible passage ahead of time, see the song list, and get your mind and heart ready. You can see some of the rationale here. Dave Cover continues our series in Exodus this

One Way You Deceive Yourself

Have you ever set your clock a few minutes ahead of the actual time in order to help get yourself out of bed or to a meeting on time? If so, then you know that there are some times in which we try to intentionally deceive ourselves. This kind of deception doesn’t last long since

Cost Became Swallowed Up In Privilege

After Keith’s sermon this Sunday, I found myself reflecting on a story I read about a year ago. Dr. Helen Roseveare was a Christian doctor who gave up wealth, affluence and success to serve the medical needs of people in central Africa from 1953-1973. She spent most of that time in the Congo, one of

Point of Focus: Good Doctrine or a Good Life?

Should we worry more about right beliefs or right actions? Or is it really a question of one versus the other? Check out this month’s POF:

Same Behavior. Different Motive.

I used to be a runner. Not a marathoner, or even a half-marathon runner. Okay, not even a racer. I once ran a 5K and while I could easily finish the three-plus miles, I can’t even tell you the number of elderly people and young children who passed me up to finish the race ahead