14 11, 2018

Meals of Communion…a post by Joy

By |2018-11-14T16:38:39-04:00November 14th, 2018|Beauty, Body, Community, Gifts, Human, Physicality, Sacramental Perspective, Thankfulness|1 Comment

From my own experience, It really is true that to share a meal with someone is an opportunity of reminding us that we are in communion with Christ. It’s interesting to me that a number of times in Scripture, including the story of the angels who appeared to Abraham to announce to him that he and Sarai would become parents in their ripe “old age”, this bit of news was delivered in a setting around the experience of a meal. The first miracle performed by Jesus was in the venue of a wedding feast, a celebration with others. Yet

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

31 01, 2018

I AM with you always…a post by Joy

By |2018-02-01T15:23:17-04:00January 31st, 2018|Community, Discipleship, Rest, Silence, Solitude and Silence, Spiritual Disciplines, Spiritual Formation, Waiting|0 Comments

  Psalm 139: 1-3; 7 Oh Lord, You have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my every thought when far away. You chart the path ahead of me and tell me where to stop and rest. Every moment, You know where I am. I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from Your Presence!  In today’s world it seems that the human race is constantly trying to be more connected with others through the constant use of their phones. I’ve seen teen-agers

18 12, 2017

Ornaments of Christ…a post by Joy

By |2017-12-18T20:35:19-04:00December 18th, 2017|Advent, Beauty, Character, Community, Gift, Gifts, Grace, Holy Spirit, Particularity, Presence|1 Comment

One of our family traditions when we are able to be together at Thanksgiving is to go to a Christmas tree farm the following day, go on the “hayride” tractor to choose the tree, then 1-2 members of the family collaborate to cut down the tree. Hot apple cider is usually served at the farm, then we head home to “trim the tree.” Hanging the ornaments on the tree is a reminder of life that we have lived together for each has a particular meaning or memory attached to it.   Glass ornaments that are from one of our grandparents’

28 11, 2017

Thank God for God in you…a post by Tom

By |2017-11-28T18:28:40-04:00November 28th, 2017|Advent, Community, Grace, Thanksgiving|0 Comments

This Sunday kicks off the first week of advent.   It seems like we just downed the last of the leftover turkey and now we are wading into Christmastide! This holiday season there are ample opportunities to be thankful. We can be thankful for all kinds of things such as material possessions, health, relationships, and the simple pleasures of life. However, the Apostle Paul begins his letter with a hearty thanks for God’s operative work of grace in the lives of those he cares about in Corinth. Paul is thankful for the God he sees at work in his loved

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

28 02, 2017

Empathy vs Sympathy…a video post by Tom

By |2017-02-28T18:25:54-04:00February 28th, 2017|Animals, Community, Discernment, Emotions, Empathy, family systems, Human, Listening, Loneliness|1 Comment

Check out the following short video illustrating the important difference between empathy and sympathy.  Now ask the question which one is God? Which one are you? Imagine how the quality of our relationships  would improve if we embodied this…and thus the quality of our lives.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Evwgu369Jw

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

23 11, 2016

A Thanksgiving Invitation…by Tom and Oriah Mountain Dreamer

By |2016-11-23T14:46:01-04:00November 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

3 10, 2016

Home is where the heart is…a post by Jim

By |2016-10-03T20:40:24-04:00October 3rd, 2016|Attachment, Attachment Patterns, Community, Emotions, family systems, Relational Design, Self-Clarity, Suffering, The Relational Soul|0 Comments

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

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