29 05, 2018

God is with me in the shifting…a post by Joy

By |2018-05-29T17:04:44-04:00May 29th, 2018|Character, Clarity, Decisions, Fear, Future, Hebrews 13:5, Human, Humility, Listening, Prayer, Presence, Stillness, Surrender, Trust and Faith|0 Comments

In the journey of Christian Spiritual Formation, when everything is shifting on the inside of our souls, like shifting sands of the sea, there is typically shifting in our external world as well. It can either paralyze us or inspire us to move forward one step at a time. Choosing to sit still to “Be with God” is not a posture of paralysis. It is a position of honoring God, the Father; God, the Son; and God, the Holy Spirit who live within us. Yet, when we are working, serving, or playing, these are also positions of honoring His

15 05, 2018

What are you exploring?…a post by Tom

By |2018-05-15T14:19:28-04:00May 15th, 2018|Beauty, Burnout, Clarity, Decisions, Discernment, Gift, Grace, Humility, Presence, Rest, Self-Clarity, Stillness, Surrender|1 Comment

We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time. - T.S. Eliot   What are you looking for? A better sense of self? A better home and garden? More knowledge about the Divine or your divinely inspired pursuits? An idealized Christianity or church to validate a privatized salvation project? To figure out your dysfunctional family system? Untie some knotty existential shoelaces tightened by primal repression so that you no longer trip over fear, guilt, and shame? A well balanced portfolio?

4 12, 2017

Advent and the Particularity of God’s Love…a post by Rich

By |2017-12-04T17:24:46-04:00December 4th, 2017|Advent, Beauty, Faith, Grace, Heb 1:3, Humility, John 14:9, John 8:12, Letting Go, Particularity, Romans 5:8, Surrender, Trust|1 Comment

The season of Advent is upon us and as Christians we turn our hearts in preparation for the coming celebration of the birth of the Messiah, our Savior. A theme we often attended to here at CrossPoint is the particularity of God’s love. Thomas Oden considered the incarnation the “scandal of particularity.” God in his wisdom makes himself know to us in and through a very particular Jewish man. But there is more to the scandal than God simply making himself know in Jesus. The crux of the scandal is that this Jewish man, with a real family history

6 11, 2017

Wild Geese…a poem by Mary Oliver

By |2017-11-06T21:52:17-04:00November 6th, 2017|Beauty, Body, Clarity, Creation, Despair, Empathy, Faith, Humility, Imagination, Loneliness|0 Comments

This is a beautiful poem that speaks for itself and the first few lines are of particular encouragement for those tortured souls...you know who you are. Wild Geese You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. Meanwhile the world goes on. Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain are moving across the landscapes, over

17 10, 2017

Serve Well but Don’t Neglect Prayer…a post by Jim

By |2017-10-17T16:13:12-04:00October 17th, 2017|Burnout, Clarity, Discernment, Humility, Imagination, Listening, Prayer|3 Comments

Joy and I celebrated our 40th anniversary this summer. We saved 5 years to do something very special. We traveled to Scotland and very much enjoyed a couple weeks there. In our time there I was reminded of a couple things. First, we should have saved for 10 years! Traveling is expensive. Second, the history of Scotland is violent. So much fighting between clans and other groups (e.g. Vikings and English). Third, the topography of that small country is amazingly diverse. From the pastoral land in the southeast to the rugged mountains of the northwest. A beautiful country. But

23 08, 2017

A Response to Charlotteville… a post by Jim

By |2017-08-23T20:19:29-04:00August 23rd, 2017|Community, Emotions, Fear, Forgiveness, Good Samaritan, Humility, Racism, Relational Design, Repentance, Responsibility, Sin, Suffering|0 Comments

In recent days events in Charlottesville, VA were given great prominence in the news. At least that is what is seems. My wife and I happened to be out of the country at the time with no T.V. and little social media. When we returned, after seeing headlines from things a week earlier, i did my best to catch up. Sincerely wish that I was not confronted with what I read. Very sad. And sinful. The responses have died down because there are other issues now (e.g. statues). But I felt the desire to give my response even if

28 05, 2017

Desire Changes Slowly…a post by Tom with David Brooks

By |2017-05-28T21:34:06-04:00May 28th, 2017|Beauty, Desire, Humility, Love, Prayer|0 Comments

All of us want change...just not the painful transition.  There is so much I would love to change about myself immediately, yet spiritual progress seems glacially slow at best.  If I know what needs to be changed now, then what is the hold up?  My desires.  A lessor desire can only be dethroned by a greater one.  That is the issue.  Cognitively I may want to change but affectively my desires are still held in check by lessor loves.  It seems that the way forward is to contemplatively steep my desires in love for God, which is more of

9 05, 2017

Walking the Dog… a post by Jim

By |2017-05-09T01:37:52-04:00May 9th, 2017|Animals, Humility, Ordinary, Sacramental Perspective, Words|1 Comment

For the past couple months I’ve been very intentional about living present in the ordinary of life with the prayer that God will meet me there. Would like to say that I am a master at that but I am not. However, God is helping me see that the ordinary is filled with extraordinary realities. That seemed to happen a couple days while I was walking my son’s dog (how and why Joy and I have taken in his dog is another matter!). So … I was walking Jordan at Mount Saint Francis Abby where there are hundreds of

17 04, 2017

Never a Monday Like Today…a post by Jim

By |2017-04-17T19:14:11-04:00April 17th, 2017|Creation, Easter, Human, Humility, Living in the now, Physicality, Responsibility, Self-Clarity|1 Comment

Easter weekend is over. It is Monday. Now what? I can only imagine the despair that the crucifixion brought to those who loved and followed Jesus. Saturday did nothing to change their shock, anger, and sorrow. But an empty tomb, appearances to the women and the followers on the road to Emmaus changed everything. Jesus was alive! His resurrection re-energized their lives in an unbelievable way to do unbelievable things. In her wonderful book, A Theology of the Ordinary, Julie Canlis highlights the ‘culture (and cult) of the extraordinary’ in American and many churches. The point she makes is

3 04, 2017

Invitation to Trust…a post by Rich

By |2017-04-03T20:21:25-04:00April 3rd, 2017|Clarity, Emotions, Faith, Fear, Future, Humility, John 14:1, Listening, Living in the now, Prayer, Questions, Quotes, Trust|3 Comments

Brennan Manning in his book "Ruthless Trust" tells the following story. "When the brilliant ethicist John Kavanaugh went to work for three months at “the house of the dying” in Calcutta, he was seeking a clear answer as to how best to spend the rest of his life. On the first morning there he met Mother Teresa. She asked, “And what can I do for you?” Kavanaugh asked her to pray for him. “What do you want me to pray for?” she asked. He voiced the request that he had borne thousands of miles from the United States: “Pray

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