Posts with the category “cross-points”

Cross Points 6.11.21
June 4th, 2021
If you’re not “into” theology, you may ask: what is a Calvinist?  John Calvin was a principle figure in the Reformation Movement of the 1500’s.  Located in Geneva, Switzerland, he was a biblical schol...  Read More
by Kristee Hinson
Cross Points 6.4.21
June 2nd, 2021
In this series I’ve written a lot about the frustrations we can feel when praying, and how God accepts prayers of frustration as we struggle with life’s complications.  I’ve written about how we don’t...  Read More
by Kristee Hinson
Cross Points 5.28.21
May 26th, 2021
Jesus was the Son of God, Immanuel, which means God in the flesh.  Why would he need to pray?  The mystery of the relationship between God the Father and God the Son is just that, a mystery.  As we’ve...  Read More
by Kristee Hinson
Cross Points 5.21.21
May 19th, 2021
What do people pray for most of the time?  If you are in group settings where prayers are offered, or if you are in your churches “prayer chain” to help with requests for prayer, you know the answer. ...  Read More
by Kristee Hinson
Cross Points 5.14.21
May 12th, 2021
I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase about Bible promises that goes, “name it and claim it.”  I’ve always had a problem with that.  It tends to take promises out of the biblical context and turn them into...  Read More
by Kristee Hinson
Cross Points 5.7.21
May 7th, 2021
             “Earth gapes, hell burns, fiends roar, saints pray…” Shakespeare, Richard III.“Electricity will replace God.  The peasants should pray to it; in any case they will feel its affects long b...  Read More
by Kristee Hinson
Cross Points 4.30.21
April 29th, 2021
Have you ever gone to a professional counselor during tough times, to allow them to help sort things out?  I have.  One time was a bad experience, with a secular, obviously non-Christian counselor.  T...  Read More
by Kristee Hinson
Cross Points 4.23.21
April 21st, 2021
We talk about prayer in a connection sort of way, as if it’s a key to communicating with God.  And yet I’ve admitted openly in this series of Cross Point articles that I can be frustrated in prayer, b...  Read More
by Kristee Hinson
Cross Points 4.16.21
April 14th, 2021
Some unanswered prayers trace back to a fault in the one who prays.  Some unanswered prayers trace back to God’s respect for freedom and his unwillingness to coerce.  Some unanswered prayers trace bac...  Read More
by Kristee Hinson
Cross Points 4.9.21
April 7th, 2021
Have you ever been frustrated with no answer to a prayer?  Unless you don’t pray, I’d be surprised if that hasn’t happened.  The simple truth is: Many prayers do not clearly have an answer, at least n...  Read More
by Kristee Hinson
Cross Points 4.2.21
March 31st, 2021
I like things to be upbeat at church, don't you?  No one wants a negative vibe at worship time, not on the surface at least.  But down deep, when things aren't going well in life for us, there are tim...  Read More
by Kristee Hinson
Cross Points 3.26.21
March 24th, 2021
In Jesus' day tax collectors, prostitutes, and those considered unclean reached out to him, and he responded with understanding and grace.  In odd contrast, many of the religious elite, the Pharisees,...  Read More
by Kristee Hinson
Cross Points 3.19.21
March 17th, 2021
Praying can be tough.  We explored that in the previous Cross Point.  But let’s not leave it there.  “We must stop setting our sights by the light of each passing ship; instead we must set our course ...  Read More
by Kristee Hinson
Cross Points 3.12.21
March 10th, 2021
Author Philip Yancy says our English word “prayer” comes from the Latin word precarious, which is linguistically connected to our English word precarious.  Precarious means: not securely held in posit...  Read More
by Kristee Hinson
Cross Points 3.5.21
March 3rd, 2021
“The celebration called worship has less to do with the pursuit of happiness than with the abandonment of the pursuit of happiness.” Richard Neuhaus “Do you think that I have come to bring peace to th...  Read More
by Kristee Hinson
Cross Points 2.26.21
February 24th, 2021
It gets hot in the southern Jordan Valley.  When visiting the country of Jordan in 2018 we went down to the Jordan River one day to visit the site where John the Baptist was located and where Jesus wa...  Read More
by Kristee Hinson
Cross Points 2.19.21
February 19th, 2021
If you are a friend of mine on Facebook, you know that I love to take pictures.  It’s one of three reasons I participate in that social media format (to see pictures of our kids and grandkids, to conn...  Read More
by Kristee Hinson
Cross Points 2.12.21
February 10th, 2021
Imagine Jesus standing in front of a crowd of thousands, about to deliver what we know as The Sermon on the Mount.  How could thousands of people hear him?  Did just a few up close hear, in reality; a...  Read More
by Kristee Hinson
Cross Points 2.5.21
February 3rd, 2021
I was very sorry to hear about the death of Sam Stone, former editor of the Christian Standard Magazine, a primary periodical of the Restoration Movement since the CS was founded in 1866. It has been ...  Read More
by Kristee Hinson
Cross Points 1.29.21
January 27th, 2021
I’ll admit that I like the TV show Seinfeld.  In one-episode Jerry’s friend George says, “My life is the opposite of everything I want it to be.  Every instinct I have, in every aspect of life…it’s al...  Read More
by Kristee Hinson
Cross Points 1.22.21
January 22nd, 2021
This has been a long series, punctuated by reflections of several “mission” trips Rexanne and I have taken over the years.  I’d be remiss to end this series without this last article on walking by fai...  Read More
by Kristee Hinson
Cross Points 1.15.21
January 15th, 2021
Cairn: A mound of rough stones built as a memorial or landmark, used to help hikers by marking the trail at a turn or key spot, to acknowledge you are on the right path. Rexanne and I have come upon t...  Read More
by Kristee Hinson
Cross Points 1.8.21
January 6th, 2021
After 5 days in Berlin with the first leg of the 2019 mission trip to work with Open Door Libraries, we took a train south to Prague, Czech Republic, where the other library we were visiting resides. ...  Read More
by Kristee Hinson
Cross Points 12.18.20
December 15th, 2020
Our trip with Open Door Libraries to Berlin, Germany in 2019 offered me interesting thoughts as we walked the streets of this famous city.  Odd thoughts, some of them.  Did Adolf Hitler walk down this...  Read More
by Kristee Hinson
Cross Points 12.11.20
December 11th, 2020
There’s a place we did not visit when in Jordan during 2018.  We never crossed the Jordan River to the west, never set foot in modern day Israel, the Promised Land.  Like Moses, we viewed it from Mt N...  Read More
by Kristee Hinson
Cross Points 12.4.20
December 2nd, 2020
While in the modern country of Jordan in 2018, Rexanne and I had the opportunity to travel not only to Moab (central part) and Petra (southern part of the country), but north of Amman to the ancient c...  Read More
by Kristee Hinson
Cross Points 11.27.20
November 25th, 2020
Moses stands on the edge of the water, the Egyptian army is close behind – blinded by a cloud of dust God had created.  Moses says to the frightened Israelites, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salv...  Read More
by Kristee Hinson
Cross Points 11.20.20
November 19th, 2020
Naomi’s life had become difficult.  After she came to Moab with her husband and two boys, fleeing the drought in Bethlehem, her husband dies.  Her two sons then marry Moabite women, a concern since Mo...  Read More
by Kristee Hinson
Cross Points 11.13.20
November 13th, 2020
Of all the trips we’ve made, and all the walking we’ve done within them, none had us walking more than the trip we made to Italy in 2017.  This was the one foreign trip that was not technically a “mis...  Read More
by Kristee Hinson
Cross Points 11.6.20
November 5th, 2020
There is an old Native American saying that goes: to truly understand a person you must walk a mile in their moccasins (or shoes).  How true this is.  Several from Southern Heights Christian Church go...  Read More
by Kristee Hinson
Cross Points 10.30.20
October 30th, 2020
The plane had crossed over the Gulf of Mexico and now was nearing its destination.  It veered left and started the decent, the runway now in sight.  But there were hills and buildings on both sides, t...  Read More
by Kristee Hinson
Cross Points 10.23.20
October 21st, 2020
In 1961 the decision was made to build the Berlin wall, dividing the city in half.  It became symbolic of the “Iron Curtain” that separated the Soviet Union’s empire from the western world that the U....  Read More
by Kristee Hinson
Cross Points 10.16.20
October 16th, 2020
My wife and I love to travel.  Maybe you’ve guessed.  Through the years we’ve made saving up a priority and have tried to focus mostly on mission-oriented trips.  We want this money to be about more t...  Read More
by Kristee Hinson
Cross Points 10.9.20
October 7th, 2020
In our Christian walk, time is spent in prayer, addressing our heavenly Father as we communicate with him.  He communicates back through his Word, the Bible.  We need to be diligent in reading and stu...  Read More
by Kristee Hinson