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Monthly Archives: March 2016

PSA: The Gospel Coalition Podcast & Gospel-Motivated Hospitality

TGC_Podcast_Wide_(gray_version)Are you a podcast listener? Once an obscure means of reaching people with information, podcasts have risen in popularity the past few years. If you’re anything like me, you subscribe to more than a few that you might listen to while working out, doing the dishes, driving to work, or mowing the lawn. A way to “redeem the time” and maybe make some of those more mundane tasks more bearable. Browse the iTunes podcast store and you’ll be overwhelmed with choices, from the comedic to the informational. 

‘Wasn’t there any other way?’

This past weekend, just like millions of other Christians around the globe, my family observed Good Friday and celebrated Easter Sunday. In addition to attending services on both days, we managed to pack in the seemingly-ubiquitous consumption of way too much candy, feasting on some amazing food, taking a nap or two on the couch

Songs and Scenes: Easter Sunday 2016


The Crossing’s Easter Sunday liturgy review features photos by Dan Gill. You’ll find links in the song titles that will help you purchase recorded versions of the songs when available.

Spotify Playlist for Easter Sunday 2016

Jamaica Team: Veritas Spring Break Trip

Team Shot

This week’s guest post is from Kyle Richter, Veritas Co-director and Jamaica Team Leader.

Veritas, The Crossing’s college ministry, has been partnering with Won by One (WBO) in some capacity for nearly a decade now. Tomorrow morning, March 27th, about 40 Mizzou students involved in Veritas will board a flight to spend their spring break serving in Harmons, Jamaica – a rural mountain village in the interior of the Jamaican island.

Songs and Scenes: Good Friday 2016


The Crossing’s Good Friday liturgy review features photos by Dan Gill. You’ll find links in the song titles that will allow you to purchase recorded versions of the songs where available.

Spotify playlist for Good Friday

How to Prepare for Good Friday and Easter Sunday at The Crossing


This week we celebrate Good Friday tonight and then Easter on Sunday. We have the song lists for both below. On Sunday, Keith Simon preaches from John 11 in a sermon entitled, “The Resurrection before THE Resurrection.” The Scripture reads,

Trusting God

knowing christI’ve been reading (and re-reading) a book called Knowing Christ. Ryan Wampler and I agree that it’s a book that has helped both of us love and worship Jesus. With Good Friday upon us it seems right to meditate on the death of Christ and specifically one of the last things Jesus said before he died…

Luke 23:46 Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last.


The Best Exercise for You

Walking? Okay, maybe lifting weights.

Hmmm . . . Those were my best guesses as I started listening to the Freakonomics podcast, “The Best Exercise For You.” Surely it has got to be one of those. This podcast was incredibly entertaining partly because of the building anticipation on whether my guesses where going to be confirmed as right (they weren’t).

The more I thought on this question, I realized they might be right if your goal is to live a long life, but is this the best exercise from an eternal perspective? The apostle Paul reminds us that “physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come” (1 Timothy 4:8). In that light, I think the following exercise might arguably be one of the best, not just for our earthly body but for our soul.

What Do You Do When You’re Discouraged?

It’s easy to be discouraged isn’t it?

Over a troubled relationship. Because you find your job less than satisfying.  In light of a difficult health situation. When your kids don’t seem to listen, or when they experience pain of their own. Because something important in the world—politics, the economy, cultural values, etc.—falls short of your expectations or hopes. Or it could be for one of a thousand other reasons. Even here in the United State, where we have so many advantages and blessings, discouragement is often a daily companion.

So what should we do when we get discouraged? What’s a faithful response to all the challenges and disappointments that are all around us? As usual, a single blog post won’t do the subject justice, but here are at least a few things to keep in mind:

Life Undistracted

“So, yeah, I was thinking maybe we could (BING!) head down to get some frozen (CHIRP!)…umm, yogurt, you know, what’s the name of that (CLINK!)…shop…or whatever…the one we went to when (BONG!)…I forget, but you know we’ve been there before, you and me…” These days, I have become painfully aware of my frequent inability to