• Happy Father's Day to fathers today. Working as the team chaplain for the Colorado Rapids for the last 11 seasons means that I have spent a lot of time around the sport of soccer. Whether attending or watching games or watching training sessions, much of my free time has been spent around the "world's game." I even had a brief stint as coach for a U-12/13 ("u" means under) girls soccer team for a local youth soccer club to earn some extra money while in seminary. Now, with four daughters of my own, people often ask - "When are you going to put your kids in soccer?" It is a question that I wrestle with personally. Perhaps, it is because I

    Jun 17,
  • The typical coaching contract for coaches in Major League Soccer is three years, though the average length of stay is somewhere closer to 2 years (2.3 according to one source). If those statistics are comparative (there is some question to how scientific) to other leagues, then MLS coaches are among the lowest in terms of average length of stay among professional sports leagues (NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB) as suggested by this New York Times article written in 2008. So what has to happen in that 2.3 years that an MLS coach takes the reins? There are several things that a new head coach must undertake, but before looking at a few important tasks, let's look at a few reasons for

    Jun 10,
  • The longer I serve as team chaplain, the more I am reminded that not all stories are equal. Let me explain what I mean: sometimes, in our different roles and positions, we can become so engrained and entrenched in the day to day that we forget to see people uniquely. We can fall into the trap of thinking that people's backgrounds and experiences are similar to our own.   A Chinese proverb has stuck with me for a long time and I use it frequently, "A fish in water doesn't know it is wet." Those words are a constant reminder to me to not become so enmeshed (whether in the work or ministry or everyday trappings of life) that

    Jun 07,
  • Thanks to the generosity of CrossTraining supporters, CrossTraining, through the Timothy Project, was able to provide several Nike futsal indoor soccer balls for the mission team from Cherry Hills Community Church in Colorado to take with them for their upcoming trip in July.   The team leaves July 10 and will be in country for two weeks, conducting a soccer clinic/camp for youth in the city of Pisek amongst other activities. The team has spent years building relationships in Pisek and has usually conducted basketball camps, until this year when it will host the first soccer camp and clinic. You can read more about the team's trip and plans by clicking the link here. And check back to our website for

    Jun 06,