This weekend, in many places around the world, is the end of day light savings time. Early Sunday morning the time will change, it goes back one hour. Ah, blessed sleep! Time zones can change but also the times change. We aren’t living in 1982 anymore, the world around is very different. The political issues … [Read more…]

What to do When Church is Boring

“I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.” Psalm 122:1 Let’s face it, sometimes we aren’t all that excited when we go to church. The preacher is boring, the music is not to our liking, the greeters at the door didn’t notice us, the coffee is … [Read more…]

Big Tippers

Last week, after being seated in a restaurant Mackenzie and Steve waited almost 20 minutes for water. They waited 40 minutes for their appetizers to arrive. It was more than an hour after they ordered before their main course arrived. The service was terrible. So the couple decided to tip their waiter $100 for the … [Read more…]

The Year of Jubilee

This is my year of Jubilee. Last Saturday I turned 49. That means I am now in my 50th year. They say some things, like cheese, get better with age. I hope that’s true of me! In the Old Testament the Israelites were commanded to observe the year of Jubilee. After 7 sets of 7 … [Read more…]

What’s your love language?

Sometimes we don’t know how to communicate our love towards others. One night, a man decided to show his wife how much he loved her. After dinner he began to recite romantic poetry, telling her he would climb high mountains to be near her, swim wide oceans, cross deserts in the burning heat of the … [Read more…]

The quality of mercy is not strained

In Grade Nine I studied my first Shakespearean play, The Merchant of Venice.  We had to memorize Portia’s speech which begins, “The quality of mercy is not strained.” While I have long remembered the first verse I had forgotten how the rest of it goes. The quality of mercy is not strain’d,It droppeth as the gentle rain from … [Read more…]

Directions for Life

When people ask what Crossroads Basel is all about I say, “Direction for Life and Friends for the Journey.”  We are all looking for direction in our life. Every day we face choices and have decisions to make. Every so often we stand at a crossroads and need to know which road is the right … [Read more…]