Who’s In My Spiritual Community?

We all have different circles of relationships: people I know from work, people I know from church, the other parents of my kids’ team, and so on. What if we simplified our lives by bringing those relationships into a single circle? What if our spiritual community was made up of the people we already know? (more…)

Car Trouble or Divine Providence

by James Hansee

It was a pretty normal day as I left the house that morning.  (more…)

The Dwelling Places of God…

by Phil Coleman

God has always had a dwelling place in the midst of His people. (more…)

He Knows Your Name!

by James Hansee

On Sunday, September 25th, three significant stories dominated sports media outlets and sports talks shows. The first was the death of a golfing legend, Arnold Palmer at age 87. The second was the retirement of Vin Scully who had broadcast Los Angeles Dodgers baseball games for 67 years – amazing. The third was the tragic death of Jose Fernandez in a boating accident with two of his friends. Fernandez, age 24, was a starting pitcher for the Miami Marlins. As I watched, listened and read about these accounts, it struck me that a lot more people were involved whose names we will never know. (more…)

The Power of Words and the Wonder of God – Part 3

by Phil Coleman

In case you missed them, blog part 1 and blog part 2.

Singing Can Help Us Use Words to Demonstrate and Express Our Unity

We’ve seen how music can help us remember and engage emotionally with words. A final way singing serves words is by demonstrating and expressing our unity. (more…)

What do we do with our hardest moments?

by James Hansee

Throughout life, there are really difficult times; what at the time feels like the hardest moment ever. I have friends whose first child passed away shortly after birth – it was the hardest moment of their life and in many ways, still is. I know people at Whitewater who have lost children to suicide and heroin overdoses – the hardest moment of their lives. We have people at the church who went to the doctor for a routine checkup only to hear the word, cancer. The hardest moment of their lives. (more…)

Opening Ceremony

by Shannan Volters

As I write this, I’m watching the Parade of Nations at the Olympics. I’m not a big sports fan, but I love the Olympics, especially the summer Olympics. If you’ve ever watched the opening ceremonies you know, Greece always leads the parade, because the Olympics started with them. It’s No wonder then that Paul originated the sports sermon analogy. (more…)

The Power of Words and the Wonder of God – Part 2

by Phil Coleman

Last time (Part 1) I discussed God’s passion for singing and how music relates to words. In this article, I continue to unpack (using excerpts of a message presented by Bob Kauflin at the Desiring God National Conference in 2008) the power and effect of singing to and about God. (more…)


by Linda Hutchinson

Don’t ever underestimate the power of positive words and people in a person’s life. I’ve seen it first hand with the way our church family has influenced our three new children. (more…)


by Anita Ridener

So often we talk about character and lifestyle adjustment, but I wonder if we’ve considered where we’re at with jealousy. I’ll be the first to admit I find myself jealous of people who have the willpower to kick the carbs and hit the track. I so badly want to have their bods without the cost. Is that jealousy or laziness, you can decide. (more…)

The Power of Words and the Wonder of God – Part 1

by Phil Coleman

The Power of Words and the Wonder of God – Part 1

The following is an excerpt of a message presented by Bob Kauflin at the Desiring God National Conference in 2008. Bob is a worship pastor in Louisville, the author of several books on worship and writes a great blog at worshipmatters.com. (more…)

Worship Evangelism – Part 2

by Phil Coleman

Back in February, Denver Bierman, one of our worship leaders, led worship in China with Will Graham (Billy Graham’s grandson) and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association as a part of a 2-week, multi-city worship event. (more…)

Worship Evangelism – Part 1

by Phil Coleman

Several years ago, I read a book that radically changed my perspective on corporate (public) worship – both as a worshiper and certainly as a worship leader (as if those two terms can even be separated). (more…)

Missions at Whitewater

by James Hansee

The Great Commission of Jesus Christ is widely known through the Church. Jesus said, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20). Or as we summarize this at Whitewater Crossing, “we exist to help people find hope in Jesus Christ and a home in His local church.” We want everybody, both in the Cincinnati region and around the world, to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ and be given the opportunity to enter into a relationship with Him through baptism and obedience to His word. (more…)

Angel in Miamitown

By Linda Hutchinson

It was a random call from Mississippi that started it all. Her name was Judy, and she spoke with a heavy Southern drawl. (more…)

Easter Monday

by Phil Coleman

Today is the Monday after Easter. I’m wiped out from all of the extra effort required to pull off many more worship gatherings, added programming, and adrenaline fatigue that follows the rush of ministering to a ton of new faces. (more…)

How do we know that Jesus was resurrected?

Former convict, Watergate conspirator, and Christian founder of Prison Fellowship Chuck Colson shares why HE believes: (more…)

Churches Don’t Sing Anymore

by Phil Coleman

In recent years, there have been many articles, blogs, seminars, etc., that have dealt with the topic of the lack of singing in church. As a worship minister, it’s something that is a constant topic of conversation among my worship and songwriter colleagues. (more…)

Sex, Love and Marriage

By Linda Hutchinson

Sex, Love, Marriage- Three words that have their root in God’s Word but in today’s culture have strayed far from God’s design. They are three words that have caused so much pain and division in our world today. Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and there are hearts and cupids everywhere you turn, but the holiness and intimacy that God intended for these three things is far from being pursued by most people today. (more…)

Keyrstin’s Story

I’ve been attending Whitewater for a little over a year, and it’s been one of the most amazing years I’ve had in awhile. For years I struggled with my religion and having a belief in God because of the constant disappointments and struggles my family and I would be put through. (more…)