Spiritual Formation

July 15, 2022 Scripture Resource Passage: Matthew 23 A disciple’s soul-ward journey, the move inward, occurs as our vital connection with God. Contrast this to the outward appearance, which can be faked. Others can be deceived by our apparent holy right-ness. Jesus explains that God’s focus is on “…justice, mercy and faithfulness” (Matthew 23:23). SpeakingContinue reading “Spiritual Formation”

Coram Deo

May 13-14, 2022 Scripture Resource Passage: Matthew 19:16-30 Self-awareness of spiritual poverty is not a 21st century phenomena. In the days before the betrayal, arrest and sentencing of Jesus, a person-standing Coram Deo, “In the presence of God” asked, “What do I still lack?” (Matthew 19:20).  If you are willing, in this 21st century seasonContinue reading “Coram Deo”

Bleeding Woman

March 17, 2022 Scripture Resource Passage: Matthew 9 Matthew 9 is busy series of events. Heartfelt stories of compassion, belief and evil. Matthew presents a compelling compendium of pulsating life and truths about Jesus. Note how Matthew 9:1-26 unfolds. First up—During a busy time of personal interactions and group pressure Jesus provides an insight intoContinue reading “Bleeding Woman”

Courageous Commitment

Friday, November 19, 2021 Scripture Resource Passage: 1 Peter 2 Competition’s commitment motivates athletes to follow tightly structured lives. Following through with good diets, their discipline includes completing sport-specific mental and physical training. Truly, a holistic spiritual strategy. Spiritual commitment motivates disciples of Jesus to tightly hold Scripture’s truths. We are committed to “working out,”Continue reading “Courageous Commitment”

Christian Spirituality and Justice

February 12, 2021 Scripture Resource Passages: Isaiah 1 and Psalm 82 George made the assertion, Marjorie hesitated. He said, “I believe justice resides at the very heart of life. It’s as much a part of our world as earth, air, fire and water.”             Marjorie replied, “If that’s true, then justice is part of God’s workContinue reading “Christian Spirituality and Justice”

Special Weekend Edition; Spirituality in the Public Arena

Resource Scripture Passage: “…we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5). Providing a resource into the broad world of spirituality–across many faith-perspectives–Duke University has an excellent resource-media site which also happens to be available without charge. dukespiritualityandhealth@gmail.com Please don’t miss this as a resource–though an individual issue of CROSSROADS mayContinue reading “Special Weekend Edition; Spirituality in the Public Arena”

Spiritual Awareness in Dangerous Times

Scripture Resource Passage: Esther 9                   Violent plots, angry words lead to a deadly hanging: may not be what you had in mind when reading today’s Resource Scripture Passage. Friends, the Book of Esther is not a gentle pat-on-the-head from a Grandfather God. The words scream, describing the foul profanity of anticipated mass murder.                    Esther’s bookContinue reading “Spiritual Awareness in Dangerous Times”

Rest, In Response to Fear

Scripture Resource Passages: Matthew 11:28-30 American poet Barbara Veech graciously consented to share these words. I am honored to provide them through the site. Pause and rest And notice shadowed patterns             On a leaf. Listen as the delirious mockingbird             Delights in each day. Breathe breezes blown             From far away. And…  Stop and rest And swayContinue reading “Rest, In Response to Fear”

Just for you?

Resource Scripture Passage: John 20:19-29             Fear marked the gathering. Not everyone made to it the assembly point. They were meeting in the doorway’s shadow to death. Thus, they barred the door (John 20:19). They were keeping a wise social distance. Not because of a virus, though they were each infectious—tainted by the presence of the man fromContinue reading “Just for you?”

Inquisitive Child to World-class Philosopher

Scripture Resource Passage: Acts 17:16-34                    God uses scientific, philosophical and spiritual education in establishing pathways of communication. Perhaps, long ago and once upon two times it happened, just like this…                    Ara was a child prodigy. He was always talking about the stars. Many nights his family would find him sketching stars onto a smoothed section ofContinue reading “Inquisitive Child to World-class Philosopher”