April, 2014

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Monthly Archives: April 2014

Instagramming My Inner Demons

Please excuse me; this is the pot calling the kettle black. Currently I operate not one, but two Instagram accounts. Every night, just before falling asleep, I peruse an endless feed of images. Picture after picture, set into vignettes of sepia-toned antiquity that turn mundane moments into cultural artifacts. That’s the draw of Instagram, isn’t

“When I Get to Heaven I’m Not Stopping to Be Interviewed”

If former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is (a) anything approaching serious and (b) correct, then we all need to listen carefully. And that’s not an exaggeration. Why do I say that? This arresting paragraph about Hizzonor’s views on heaven comes at the close of a recent New York Times article: But if [Bloomberg]

‘Small, Contained’ Moral Failures

My wife and our 18-year-old daughter recently finished watching over 50 hours of the hit television crime series Breaking Bad. We very intentionally waited for the series to end before we began our viewing so that we would not be overly-influenced by the hype, multiple Emmy awards and rave reviews that seemed to sprout up

Getting Ready for Sunday Apr. 27th 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. We pick back up in Exodus this week,

The 450th Birthday of B.S.

Excuse my pun above, but I think The Bard would appreciate it. It is, in fact, the 450th birthday of William (Bill) Shakespeare. But, alas!, his writing is now relegated to the classroom, and viewed by the populous as a form of punishment. Today we remember the greatest dramatist who ever lived as a snobbish,

Does Fair Trade Coffee Help or Hurt?

If you’re devoted to the blessed coffee bean, you’ve probably come across the phrase “fair trade” dozens of times. And most of us here in the United States have at least some recognition that the term has to do with bettering the wages of coffee farmers in countries far less affluent than our own. Given

Right Act, Wrong Heart?

It’s strange how easy it is to focus on how we have lost the approval of another person we care about, and yet how hard it is to embrace the joy that should accompany knowing that we have been given God’s approval, through the finished work of Christ (1 Corinthians 6:11). By comparison, God’s “approval”

Holy Week: Easter, April 20, 2014

The Crossing’s Easter Sunday music and liturgy review features photos by Scott Myers. You’ll find links in the song titles that will allow you to purchase recorded versions of the songs where available. 1. It is Finished by Dustin Kensrue There’s no sacrifice to offer,there’s no penance to complete;Freely drink of living water,without money come

Holy Week: Good Friday, April 18, 2014

On Good Friday we remembered the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who humbled himself, became obedient to death on the cross, and redeemed us from our sin. We meditated on the seven last words Christ through scripture readings, responsive prayers (from Grace Presbyterian Church, Palo Alto, CA) and songs as we expressed our gratefulness for

How Do You Raise Moral Children?

What is your number one priority for your child? In an article in last Sunday’s New York Times Dr. Adam Grant of Wharton Business School says that several studies reveal that most parents place far greater emphasis on caring than achievement. Now if you are even a fraction as cynical as I am, you probably