July 22, 2021

In the course of the human journey, there is one significant fork in the road. We come to it all the time. Sometimes it is clear and sometimes subtle. Sometimes it is pronounced and sometimes it is hardly noticed. This fork is the crossroads of life. It is initiated when we experience pain or discomfort. And the crossroad is the decision we make. Will we take the path of truth or falsity? Will we choose instant relief, instant gratification? Or… Read more

July 20, 2021

There is a rise in bad behavior. Indecent behavior at the NBA playoffs. People acting like fools on flights. It seems as though, along with the slow crawl back to normal, in the wake of Covid, there is an accompanying rise of bad behavior. Why? I was in a Chipotle line ordering my lunch a few days ago. The woman in front of me was exhibiting some of this bad behavior. She asked for lemons and the worker behind the… Read more

July 15, 2021

Discovering, let alone accepting, truth is a difficult task. More difficult than we acknowledge. It is a slog, a lifelong endeavor, full of ups and downs, surprises, forgiveness, and repentance. And, in many ways, deep joy.  We are meant to be creatures of learning. There is always more truth to discover. Each person has a light to shed on truth. Ultimate truths about what matters, what makes people happy, and how to operate in community. As well as “smaller” truths… Read more

July 13, 2021

One of the most overused axioms in modern popular culture is “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over yet expecting different results”. We often use this when we are exasperated our imagined outcomes have not come to pass, yet we keep trying to make them so. I heard someone say this axiom recently (I often say it myself) and it kind of hit me that the very same definition could be used to describe perseverance…. Read more

July 8, 2021

I grew up a country music fan, so I get the appeal of breakup revenge. When somebody hurts you, you want to get back at them. You want them to feel what you feel. In a very raw way, you want them to be punished, to have to face negative consequences for treating you the way they did. With the prominence of social media, the practice of dating revenge can be shared, bragged upon, etc. Just yesterday I saw two… Read more

July 6, 2021

As part of our work with The Crossroad, we get to spend a lot of time with a lot of different organizations. We have been with teams big and small, in all corners of the United States and even some overseas. And our experience has allowed us to see one glaring danger that threatens all organizations. The danger of a split vision. All of the organizations we work with want to do their work more effectively. Whether it is business… Read more

July 1, 2021

When the Covid-19 pandemic rushed through Christendom in 2020, it rattled an already unstable system. For years, the bigger denominations have seen a steady decline in membership. Stories about people being wounded rather than edified by the church had become commonplace. An array of clergy addictions – embezzlement, adultery, deceit – were a plague on church leaders and church communities. Many were leaving the church outright. Others were reconsidering what church is supposed to be. What it looks like and… Read more

June 29, 2021

There is a lot of partisan squabbling and finger pointing going on in the world today. I am not just talking about politics, but rival fanbases, religious denominations, and work alliances as well. The thing that is most saddening, appalling, and increasingly frustrating about this is the unabashed hypocrisy with which we approach these battles. Here are two easy examples (one from each of the political aisle): We are part of a neighborhood Facebook group that was touting its desire… Read more

June 24, 2021

We recently went on a vacation to Wyoming. The timing was perfect; we flew out the day after our busiest stretch of the year. On fumes and in need of some fresh air (literally and metaphorically), it literally could not have come at a better time. But as all of us know, vacations are not always as simple as they seem. The phrase, “we need a vacation from our vacation” is often used by those who come home just as… Read more

June 22, 2021

When we are faced with negative consequences, one of our natural tendencies is to ask ourselves, implicitly or explicitly, “how much can I get away with?” It is subtle, as often as not. But we, like Adam and Eve, hide from our mistakes. We try to manipulate the consequences to be less painful or, miracle of miracles, finagle a way to avoid the consequence altogether. One of my most vivid childhood memories happened when I was playing by myself on… Read more

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