18 07, 2016

A Time for Everything…a post by Joy

By |2021-02-09T13:14:29-05:00July 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

5 07, 2016

Bonhoeffer on the Christian life…a post by Rich

By |2021-02-09T13:14:39-05:00July 5th, 2016|Desire, Emotions, Faith, Human, Responsibility, Self-Clarity, Trust, Trust and Faith, Vision|0 Comments

Dietrich Bonhoeffer's work the "Cost of Discipleship" was the most significant book I read in the decade of my twenties. It was a book given to me from a pastor in Alton, Iowa who was retiring and dispersing his library.  Bonhoeffer's reflections on what it means to follow Jesus changed my life.  It was the first time I came to realize the meaning of God's grace. After reading the book I was motivated to become a serious student seeking to bring all of my life under the Lordship of Christ.  I came to understand in the economy of God their was "no

17 05, 2016

I Desire therefore I Am…a post by Jim

By |2021-02-09T13:15:14-05:00May 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 |2021-02-09T13:15:55-05:00March 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 |2021-02-09T13:16:00-05:00February 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 |2021-02-09T13:17:05-05:00March 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

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