August, 2016

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Monthly Archives: August 2016

What Should We Think About Colin Kaepernick Refusing to Stand During the National Anthem?

Colin_kaepernickIf you pay much attention to sports or news in general, it’d would’ve been hard to miss the story that’s surrounded San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick over the last several days. At a preseason game last Friday night, Kaepernick refused to stand during the national anthem. Here’s how he later explained his decision:

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Media in an exclusive interview after the game. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”*

Those are provocative comments, to be sure. And not surprisingly, they elicited strong responses, both for and against. Media personalities weighed in, as did former teammates, various other NFL players and coaches, athletes from other sports, military personnel and their parents, police officers, and so on. Maybe you did, too.

So what should we think about Colin Kaepernick?

Better Stories for Helping Your Kids Get Along

07 Charles reading the spider book to JackHow do you help your kids get along with each other? That may feel like an overwhelming question. Bickering between brothers and sisters can feel like one of the hardest, most relentless parts of parenting. But it’s not just the fighting. It’s also the more subtle selfishness where each kid looks out only for themselves. It starts early on: you sit down to feed your newborn, and her two-year old sibling immediately begs to sit on your lap at that precise time, even though to that point he was happily playing on his own.

How do we encourage our kids to be selfless toward each other? Generous with each other? To want what’s best for their siblings? Simply put, how do we encourage our kids to be friends?

An Unplanned Fishing Story

And when [Jesus] had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” And when they had done this, they enclosed a large number

Songs and Scenes: August 28, 2016


Songs and Scenes is a weekly blog review of songs, readings and prayers featured in The Crossing’s Sunday morning liturgy. We’ve included a link to a Spotify playlist of Sunday’s songs (when available) so you can enjoy listening to them throughout your week.

Coyote Hill: A Safe Place to be a Child


Coyote Hill has been a ministry partner of The Crossing since 2002: a one-time service project turned into a partnership that touches nearly every ministry within the church.

Upcoming Event:  DONATE NOW!
25th Birthday Celebration Open House

45333_10153719407350469_8105174155586155144_nLunch provided by Smokin’ Chicks BBQ

When: Sunday Sept 11, 2016 from 1-4pm
What: Open House

  • tours of all our homes
  • horseback rides
  • hayrides
  • games for kids
  • Special recognition for every former staff, child, or board member in attendance.
  • We encourage anyone that has had any connection to Coyote Hill to attend.
  • Plus it’s a wonderful way to get introduced to the ministry of Coyote Hill.

If you have ever thought about serving at Coyote Hill, or just wants to learn more, this 25th Birthday Celebration is the best way to do so.

431731_10150695573865469_1247572616_nCoyote Hill Contact:
Kari Hopkins: Development Director

Meeting Needs:
Coyote Hill serves our community’s most vulnerable children. Children come to live at Coyote Hill because they have been removed from an unsafe living environment. The majority are in our state foster care system. They are sibling groups who have been separated, or are great risk of being separated. In the past two years, over 80% of children at Coyote Hill have been sibling groups. The average age of a child is 10 years old, although Coyote Hill is licensed for ages 3-19.

Getting Ready for Sunday August 28 at The Crossing

Running Race of Life graphic

This week we continue our sermon series, “Running the Race of Your Life.” The Bible compares the Christian life to a race. We’re all running, whether we realize it or not, so we want to figure out how to run it well. Why should we run? What does winning look like? How do we train and race in the right way? That’s what we’ll unpack over the coming weeks. We’re looking forward to what should be a motivating and highly practical sermon series (and small group material too).

9 Challenging Truths About Idols From Counterfeit Gods

Instead of a traditional book review of Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope That Matters by Tim Keller, I give you 9 quotations from the book (along with a few personal reflections) that I hope will whet your appetite to read it. 9 Quotations…

Why Come to Talking Pictures?

v1.bTsxMTcwODA5MTtqOzE3MDU1OzEyMDA7NDA1MDs2MDAwIt’s not exactly unusual to go to the movies on a Friday night. But why would you want to start your weekend by going to a church—and specifically The Crossing—to watch a film on the big screen and then stick around for a discussion afterward?

I ask because, if you live in or near Columbia, you have a chance to do just that a handful of times each year, including this Friday, when we’ll be screening the under-the-radar but compelling thriller “Midnight Special” (84% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes) at 7 p.m. as a part of our ongoing Talking Pictures series. Given busy schedules and lots of options, why choose Talking Pictures? There are a handful of good reasons:

The Blessing of Limited Power: Freedom from Crushing Burdens

Right in the middle of an outdoor feast, at a time likely chosen to garner the greatest amount of attention, Jesus said something extraordinary. If you’re at all familiar with your Bible, you probably already know that Jesus said many extraordinary things, but I want to call your attention to one that, on the surface,

Songs and Scenes: August 21, 2016


Songs and Scenes is a weekly blog review of songs, readings and prayers featured in The Crossing’s Sunday morning liturgy. We’ve included a link to a Spotify playlist of Sunday’s songs (when available) so you can enjoy listening to them throughout your week. This week’s liturgy recap features photos by Andrew Herndon.