29 07, 2019

Grateful Hearts… a post by Rich

By |2019-07-30T16:57:15-04:00July 29th, 2019|Beauty, Character, Community, CrossPoint Ministry Report, Gratitude, Responsibility, Stories, Thankfulness, Uncategorized|2 Comments

Along the way in our journey, God in his grace, provides a variety of gifts. One of the most valued gifts God gives is that of the presence of a grace filled person. CrossPoint Ministry began its ministry in 1996 following my 25 years of pastoral ministry. As our ministry grew, we were in need of an administrator to help us with the myriad of details that a busy and growing ministry must navigate. God in his grace, provided Marilyn Moore, who for more than a decade has served CrossPoint as our Executive Administrator. Recently, Marilyn announced that she

5 06, 2018

Place Matters…a post by Jim

By |2018-06-05T17:00:06-04:00June 5th, 2018|Clarity, Community, Creation, Decisions, Hebrews 13:14, Hope, John 14:2, Moving, Peace, People, Place, Purpose, Relational Design, Responsibility, Self-Clarity, Wendell Berry|0 Comments

At CrossPoint we often talk about three key components when it comes to taking a serious inventory of our lives. If you want to assess how you are doing in life think in terms of 1) People, 2) Place, and 3) Purpose. Clearly people matter. In fact, we repeatedly say that the quality of one’s life depends on the quality of one’s relationships (with God, others, and with one’s own soul). If you want a fulfilling life, work on your relational capacity. Work on being able to be more appropriately vulnerable since trust is the currency of relationships. And

28 02, 2018

Shed Weight…a post by Joy

By |2018-02-28T02:30:03-04:00February 28th, 2018|Body, Decisions, Emotions, Fear, Lent, Responsibility|1 Comment

Two weeks before Lent, I began thinking and praying about what I was to “give up” for this holy season of preparation for Easter. Chocolate and other favorite foods (full of calories) came to mind! I’ve done without these delicious delicacies during other Lent seasons, I felt like it didn’t really seem to fit for this year. I typically don’t talk about what Christ has invited me to “give up” during this time, but it’s a fascinating time to talk to the children who have been in my care through the years. Chocolate, TV time, electronic games, completing chores

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

5 06, 2017

When the Dew Dries …a post by Jim

By |2017-06-05T15:05:39-04:00June 5th, 2017|Character, Clarity, Decisions, Future, Responsibility, Spiritual Disciplines, Suffering, Time|1 Comment

When going for a morning walk last week I notice an unusual sight on the sidewalk. There were hundreds of dead worms. Strange. I’ve seen a few on the sidewalk before but nothing like this. I wondered what caused them to die there. After a couple miles I seem to stumble on what I thought was a reasonable answer. Worms need moisture. And we haven’t had rain in a week. Instead of doing the hard work of digging their way into the sod of the lawns they seemed to be seduced by the heavy dew that was on the

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

16 02, 2017

Let’s Get Physical…a post by Jim

By |2017-02-16T18:09:26-04:00February 16th, 2017|Body, Creation, Human, Physicality, Responsibility|1 Comment

  This past weekend I had the honor and privilege of visiting my father who was turning 90 years old. He said he never thought he would make it to such an old age. But he is very grateful for the health that he has, the people in his life who love and care for him, and his interests that are still alive and well within his soul (he still loves to read, to paint, to work in his wood shop!). While reminiscing with him and visiting with two uncles and aunts (all are close to 90 years of

24 01, 2017

Living in the Present Moment…a post by Rich

By |2017-01-24T00:21:52-04:00January 24th, 2017|Discernment, Listening, Living in the now, Prayer, Responsibility, Solitude and Silence, Stillness|0 Comments

So time launches us ready or not into a new year as we continue on in our journey of faith. I suspect many or at least some of us have made resolutions as we seek to make 2017 profitable for our continued maturation in Christ. The good news of course is that God's Spirit has us on a journey toward becoming our truest self in Christ,(II Cor. 3:18) and he promises to continue to be faithfully present with us here and now in the new year ahead. (Mt. 28:20) Over the holiday season I found myself re-reading various authors

17 01, 2017

I Have a Dream…a post by Jim

By |2017-01-17T19:00:27-04:00January 17th, 2017|Community, Desire, Future, Imagination, Responsibility, Vision|0 Comments

Martin Luther King, much like Martin Luther centuries ago and the Apostle John and the Old Testament prophets of old, had a vision of a different future. They had a dream of what life might look like when the kingdom of God is more fully lived on earth. They called people to live that reality. We cannot live well without a vision, without a dream, without hope of something better. At so many levels and in so many places we see the brokenness, suffering, and sin of people on the edge of the vision. Indeed, all of us need

18 07, 2016

A Time for Everything…a post by Joy

By |2016-07-18T19:27:03-04:00July 18th, 2016|Creation, Emotions, Future, Imagination, Responsibility, Sacramental Perspective, Time, Trust|1 Comment

“It’s time to wind the clocks,” he said as he walked to the grandfather clock that he had built so many years ago. “That’s what I do on Sundays.” As I watched him proceed to complete this process that he does weekly, I knew that beautiful tones of the chimes would sound on the hour as I have heard it many times through the years. It made me wonder if in our journey of Christian spiritual formation, Christ says at regular rhythmic intervals, “It’s time to reset the pilgrims on their journeys according to my time. As they live

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