17 05, 2016

I Desire therefore I Am…a post by Jim

By |2016-07-14T21:36:14-04:00May 17th, 2016|Beauty, Desire, Discernment, Emotions, Future, Imagination, Memory, Prayer, Questions, Responsibility, Self-Clarity, The Heart, Trust|0 Comments

“What do you want me to do for you?” This was Jesus’ question to the blind man. Why ask that question. Isn’t it obvious what the man would want? It is. But Jesus asks about his desire because he knows it is critical for us to own and name and take responsibility for our desires. We must pay attention to our desires because they tell us something VERY important in the Christian life. Desire, more than our cognition, volition, or conscience, define what we believe is true, good, and beautiful. Last week a community of devoted souls met for

1 03, 2016

Walking In Step…a post by Joy

By |2016-07-14T21:39:03-04:00March 1st, 2016|Attachment Patterns, Discernment, Emotions, Fear, Humility, Responsibility, Spiritual Disciplines, Truth|0 Comments

Many years ago, I memorized Psalm 37: 23 as a song. The verse reads :  “The steps of the godly are directed by the Lord. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will not fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand. “ This song has played over and over in my heart and mind the last couple of weeks. I began to think about the different kinds of steps that Christ guides us to take in our journeys of spiritual formation. Some steps moving forward are small and some are moving by

24 02, 2016

Every Body Matters…a post by Jim

By |2016-07-14T21:39:29-04:00February 24th, 2016|Beauty, Creation, Memory, Responsibility, Sexuality|0 Comments

Recently CrossPoint hosted Cohort #4 of our Soul Care Institute. About 25 soul care persons (pastors, small group leaders, counselors, coaches, etc.) are committed to meeting eight times over the course of two years to discuss matters that are crucial to Christian soul care. Over the course of the two and a half days we have some wonderful discussions and clarifications. The topic for this cohort is “The Embodied Soul.” We explored the nature and role of the body in the process of sanctification. While we know we are to keep our bodies from sin we often do not

13 03, 2014

A Soul for All Seasons

By |2014-11-17T19:32:32-04:00March 13th, 2014|Responsibility, Stories, Surrender, Trust|0 Comments

Robert Bolt’s A Man for All Seasons captures the life and death of Sir Thomas More in a compelling way. As the story proceeds we are introduced to Richard Rich, a promising and ambitious young man. Rich asks Thomas More for a position among the privileged at the court of Henry VIII. Thomas says he cannot do that. But he can offer Rich the position of a simple teacher.The upwardly driven man is crestfallen. Thomas tries to cheer him up: “You’d be a good teacher.” Rich fires back, “And if I were, who would know it?” Patiently Thomas explains, “Yourself, your

9 02, 2010

The Life You Got …!

By |2014-11-17T19:32:33-04:00February 9th, 2010|Responsibility|2 Comments

“The chance you had is the life you got. . . . You mustn’t want to be somebody else.” So writes novelist Wendell Berry in his best seller Hannah Coulter. Some time ago an acquaintance said he was tired of living “beside himself” and was longing to live "within himself." He spoke for a while about his pain that led him to live avoiding his own life in an effort to manage what was an unbearable childhood with an abusive mother. His chronic irritability, withdrawal, and outbursts of anger frustrated his wife and left his teenage children avoiding him

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