3 08, 2021

Let the Gospels Define Us…a post by Rich

By |2021-08-03T09:51:27-04:00August 3rd, 2021|Community, Holy Spirit, Love, Relational Design, Self-Clarity, The Relational Soul, Trinity|1 Comment

A recent discussion with a pastor led to us considering the question, what do the gospel writers emphasize as the message of Jesus? Did the gospel writers emphasize that Jesus brought a message about life or was it about sin? Our perspective at CrossPoint is that the gospel writers believed that Jesus, in inaugurating and establishing the new creation through his life, death, resurrection, and ascension was bringing a message of life. Perhaps John is most explicit when he records these words of Jesus, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet

13 07, 2021

Home is where the heart is…a post by Jim

By |2021-07-13T13:09:33-04:00July 13th, 2021|Attachment, Attachment Patterns, Community, Emotions, family systems, Relational Design, Self-Clarity, Suffering, The Relational Soul|1 Comment

Home is where the heart is. Sounds encouraging. And it should be. Home should be the place where our souls are safe, encouraged, and loved. Home should be the best place to be. But there is another way to think of the phrase, “Home is where the heart is.” And it isn’t necessarily good news. Because the state of our home, especially our family of origin when we are young, has a huge impact on where the heart is emotionally. And if the home system is not healthy or holy we will struggle when it comes to how close

8 02, 2021

Silence and Imagination by Rich Plass

By |2021-02-09T13:11:04-05:00February 8th, 2021|Imagination, Self-Clarity, Solitude and Silence, Spiritual Disciplines, Stillness|4 Comments

A good friend of mine, Pastor Dan Braga sent along to me Andrew Sullivan's article entitled, "I Used to be A Human Being." Sullivan writes, "The Judeo-Christian tradition recognized a critical distinction — and tension — between noise and silence, between getting through the day and getting a grip on one’s whole life. The Sabbath — the Jewish institution co-opted by Christianity — was a collective imposition of relative silence, a moment of calm to reflect on our lives under the light of eternity. It helped define much of Western public life once a week for centuries —

5 06, 2018

Place Matters…a post by Jim

By |2021-02-09T13:11:06-05:00June 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

15 05, 2018

What are you exploring?…a post by Tom

By |2021-02-09T13:11:06-05:00May 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?

22 04, 2018

The Thrill and Agony of Longing…a post by Jim

By |2021-02-09T13:11:07-05:00April 22nd, 2018|Attachment Patterns, Clarity, Desire, Emotions, Hope, Self-Clarity|1 Comment

Two weekends ago CrossPoint hosted retreat 5 (out of 8) for our current Deeper Journey community. The topic was ‘desire’ and it certainly touched a nerve. The Bible repeatedly speaks to importance of desire, having our desires met by God, avoiding sinful desires, pursuing our deepest desires. Jesus asked the lame man, “What do you want me to do for you?” The answer seems obvious. “I want to walk so please heal me.” It seems Jesus is pointing us to the importance of naming our desires. There is the question of what desires are legitimate to pursue and what

17 04, 2017

Never a Monday Like Today…a post by Jim

By |2021-02-09T13:12:13-05:00April 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

29 11, 2016

60 Years Gratitude and Thanksgiving…a post by Jim

By |2021-02-09T13:13:24-05:00November 29th, 2016|Advent, Gratitude, Self-Clarity, Thanksgiving|1 Comment

This past weekend was as special time for me and my family. My son and his wife and son (my grandson!) as well as daughter came home for Thanksgiving. It was a wonderful day together. But the weekend also included another very special occasion. My wife celebrated her birthday for the 60th time! Consequently, there was another special meal with lots of cake! Besides the obvious reasons for expressing thanksgiving motivated by a sense of deep gratitude I was reminded of God’s faithfulness through the years. Specifically, my birthday gift to Joy was a slide presentation of her 60

23 11, 2016

A Thanksgiving Invitation…by Tom and Oriah Mountain Dreamer

By |2021-02-09T13:13:29-05:00November 23rd, 2016|Community, Desire, Emotions, Human, Imagination, Relational Design, Self-Clarity, Thanksgiving|1 Comment

Thanksgiving is upon us and with it comes the requisite gatherings with family and friends, or not. These spaces of holiday gatherings can be either interesting or disinteresting.  The usual suspects arrive and tell the usual stories with the usual chatter.  What could make these interactions different or interesting?  The following poem leads us in a beautiful invitation to have an interesting holiday with whomever we are with and most importantly ourself.  The Invitation by Oriah Mountain Dreamer It doesn't interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream

23 09, 2016

Treasure stumble…a post by Tom

By |2021-02-09T13:13:49-05:00September 23rd, 2016|Enneagram, Humility, Self-Clarity|0 Comments

“Where you stumble, there your treasure lies.”- Joseph Campbell "...but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles" -1 Cor 1:23 It seems like much of life is endless energy spend avoiding the failures. Avoiding the stumbling. Avoiding the humiliations. Yet the gospel reveals to us that it is in the very place of our stumbling that we encounter God! The enneagram is a great tool to reveal to us where we stumble…and where our treasure is! Consider the following a treasure hunt. For the reformer types (ONES) our stumbling block is the anger

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