Category Archives: cross

The Cross, the Switchblade, and the Empowering Love of the Father

Yesterday was Easter Sunday and, as usual, Christians all over the world celebrated the truly-distinctive mark of their faith, one of the most well-documented and attested historical events in all of antiquity, namely the resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth from the dead. In academic circles, no one seriously denies that Jesus was an itinerant Jewish

Getting Ready for Sunday August 7 at The Crossing


This week Charles Anderson preaches from John 19 in a sermon entitled, “The Man, The King, The Lamb: The Death of Jesus.” This will be a little bit different than a normal Sunday in that it won’t be one 35 minute sermon. Instead, there will be three shorter homilies, interspersed with music. Each of the homilies will take one of the images of how Jesus is presented in John 19. The relevant parts of John 19 are,

The Cross is Worth Dying For

If you’ve seen the news this week, you likely saw that ISIS released a propaganda video Sunday showing the beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians in Libya – “the people of the cross,” as ISIS describes them.

Many of us saw the news and felt shock, hurt, and deep sadness tangled up inside of us. There are so many questions, so much we want to ask as we mourn the lives of these men.

While there is no blog post that can do this topic justice or accurately celebrate these lives, I was reminded by these men that the cross is worth dying for. No matter what persecution or suffering awaits us, we are all better off not renouncing our faith, even if our lives here on earth will end. It is better to suffer for doing good, as 1 Peter 3 reminds us.

The Bad that Needs and Precedes Good Friday

I have a tendency to minimize my sin. I doubt I’m unique in this regard. I downplay my sin, both in specific sins, and in my general condition, how sinful I am. I have a variety of ways to do this: re-define it as excusable foibles, overlook its seriousness, compartmentalize sections of my life, tell