Lenten Challenge (Day 4)—”Befriend the Outsider”

The dear people of Parkland, Fla. have been heavy on our minds this week. The perpetrator of the school shooting, the one guilty of these innocent deaths, represents what seems to be a recurring profile. A loner, isolated and angry, a “least of these” type who didn’t fit in, and...
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“40 Day Challenge”

Lent is an opportunity. It’s a window of time when our resolve is heightened. We tend to be ready for a challenge, like giving up something we love (chocolate, coffee, exercise ). But, why? Historically, lent has been a time to draw near to Jesus—to think deeply about his...
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Eclipsed

It’s been almost 100 years since it happened—a total eclipse, visible across the country.  People standing on beach shores, in baseball fields, or cornfields, all looking to the heavens at the same time, smiling and awestruck. What a miraculous experience united many of us on...
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“Masks of God—A Lenten Challenge”

Did you ever have one of those terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days (like Alexander in the children’s book by Judith Viorst)—the kind of day that grows steadily worse with each passing minute?  I had one Monday. It began with my computer getting hacked.  Then, I rolled into...
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“We Came to Reign”

I first saw the logo on hoodies worn by the Chicago Cubs. It was post-season baseball, and 2016 was supposed to be our year (no more billy-goat curse).   “We Came to Reign,” the logo boasted. I thought, “That’s a pretty bold claim.” But, as the playoffs unfolded, I noticed the...
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A Different Breed of Disciple

I asked a friend what it’s like living in New York city (her hometown). “Oh, the grind of New York,” she said. “I love it, but when I go back to visit, I realize it’s really a grind.” I didn’t understand. She explained, “It’s the demand, the long work hours, the expectation to...
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How to Bless your Kid(s) the First Week of School

One size definitely does not fit all.  Each child is different.  Different ages.  Different grades.  Different kinds of smart.  Some are in public schools.  Some are in private schools.  But  one thing most parents share, we want the best for our kids.  We want to do something to...
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Three Nights of Prayer at Summerfest 2016

I’m really looking forward to this year’s Summerfest. In addition to serving our community together, we will have a focus on prayer. The best way to learn to pray is hearing others pray! I hope you’ll join us for three unique opportunities to learn to use the...
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To Be Known

You’ve heard it said, “I didn’t think you noticed.”  When someone notices us, it has an inciting effect. As a fan of Starbucks coffee, I tend to frequent a particular shop in Lombard. As I approached to order this morning, the barista said, “You’re an ice-coffee, right?”  Before...
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A Walk With Eve

It was the first command we learned on day one of our training—“with me.”  “With me” means our comfort dog, Eve, is to walk with her ear aligned at the handler’s pant seam. Sound simple? Maybe for Eve. Not so much for me—either as handler or a child of God.   I never...
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