BLESSED Lord, who hast caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that by patience and comfort of thy holy Word, we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which thou hast given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
From the Book of Common Prayer for the second Sunday in Advent.
Crossring is a very personal project; it serves as the online repository for all of my Biblically focused work. You will find here at Crossring short reflections, longer articles, sermons, talks, books, radio scripts and more besides.
I find the discipline of regular Bible reflection difficult but recognise that it is a vital pursuit for any Christian. I know that my faith suffers when I neglect to study the word and I am sure that I am not alone in that. I hope that by committing to writing for Crossring I will find myself reflecting more regularly on the Bible, gain a better understanding of God’s word, and deepen my faith and passion for Jesus. Indeed, the prayer above has become my prayer as I seek to study the word of God.
Whilst Crossring is a personal project, it is my hope and prayer that the contents of these pages might be an encouragement to others who struggle with regular Bible study. I welcome any thoughts, comments or reflections in the comments section below each post. Alternatively you can get in touch via Twitter (@Crossring), via the Facebook page or by using the contact form on this site.
New content is usually added to this site several times a week (I aim for daily posts, but sometimes work or life can prevent this from happening).
A little more about the history of Crossring:
Crossring in its current incarnation was launched in 2015. Crossring has had several previous incarnations, however. The site originally began in 2000 as a digital magazine and discussion forum for young Christians. With very little else like it on the internet, Crossring became incredibly successful, and at its height received in excess of 2.5 million unique visitors every month.
In its first incarnation, Crossring was produced by students at the University of Essex. We continued to run the site after graduation, but soon found it too much of a struggle to maintain the site when we all had full time jobs. Reluctantly, we took the decision to close the site round about 2005.
In 2009, I was approached by one of my pupils who wanted some advice on starting a website for young Christians. After much discussion, we decided to work together on relaunching Crossring, with a focus on good quality, original, Biblically focused material. Whilst never reaching the success the site experienced in the early part of the decade, Crossring quickly established itself as a friendly and reputable web presence. In this format the site ran until 2012, remaining online until 2014 when it was finally shuttered.
Still convinced that I had a calling to write Biblical content for the internet, I set up ReadMarkLearn.com, a website to host all of my previous writing as well as a vehicle for any future writing that I undertook. ReadMarkLearn.com ran until the end of 2014.
At the end of 2014 I resolved to write more regularly for the internet. I had never liked the ReadMarkLearn.com domain name and decided that I would revive the Crossring ‘brand’ to take the place of ReadMarkLearn. So it was that at the beginning of 2015, Crossring was reborn in its third incarnation. At the same time, I abandoned my publishing imprint, Myriel, and brought my book writing under the Crossring brand too.
I pray that Crossring will be useful to you – and to me – as I continue to ask for God’s inspiration as I study the scriptures and write about them.