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REV’S REFLECTIONS: NAVIGATION

REV’S REFLECTIONS: NAVIGATION

He is navigating new territory. It is difficult because there is no Global Positioning System (GPS) for this territory. It is old school navigation: reading manuals, interpreting policies, and trying to get ahold of people to make decisions. We have had a ministry intern at our church for…   Read More »

REV’S REFLECTIONS: UNLIKE ANY OTHER

REV’S REFLECTIONS: UNLIKE ANY OTHER

“A tradition unlike any other...” This is the description of The Masters golf tournament which was held last weekend at Augusta National Golf Club. That phrase was coined by CBS announcer Jim Nantz. Now, like everything else that has to do with The Masters, Augusta…   Read More »

REV’S REFLECTIONS: BEING A MAN

REV’S REFLECTIONS: BEING A MAN

He came to see me in my office.  He wore a suit and tie and carried a briefcase. We exchanged pleasantries and then I asked, “So, what did you want to talk about?” He looked at the floor, wrung his hands a little, then said, “I lost my job a couple of months…   Read More »

REV’S REFLECTIONS: TWO WORLDS

REV’S REFLECTIONS: TWO WORLDS

Last week I was reminded, once again, of the discrepancy that exists in the way people live. I went with one of our elders to visit a K-8 Christian school in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood. The school has existed for over 35 years and is housed in an old church. The sanctuary…   Read More »

REV’S REFLECTIONS: TRUTH

REV’S REFLECTIONS: TRUTH

Sometimes seasons collide. This week marked the official first day of spring. Monday, we had spring-like temperatures in Chicago. Today, winter has returned. Such is the weather in March in the Midwest. The seasons of the church year also can collide. This week I came to the realization…   Read More »

REV’S REFLECTIONS: MARCH MADNESS IS HERE

REV’S REFLECTIONS: MARCH MADNESS IS HERE

March Madness is here! It is not a reference to the weather, although we had measurable snowfall in Chicago this week which we didn’t have in January or February. That’s madness! It is not a reference to the fact that Friday is St. Patrick’s Day, which in the Chicago…   Read More »

REV’S REFLECTIONS: SOME WEIRD THINGS ABOUT MINISTRY

REV’S REFLECTIONS: SOME WEIRD THINGS ABOUT MINISTRY

As I think about retiring from full-time ministry, I have decided that in some of my final “Reflections” I will share some of the “Weird Things About Ministry..” My niece is an elementary school teacher. We were having lunch together last Sunday after worship and…   Read More »

REV’S REFLECTIONS: MAKING CHOICES

REV’S REFLECTIONS: MAKING CHOICES

Not all churches in our denomination do it. Not all protestant churches do it. Fewer still contemporary non-denominational churches do it. On Wednesday, we acknowledged the ancient church tradition of Ash Wednesday. We offered four opportunities for people to come for a brief…   Read More »

REV’S REFLECTIONS: A STRANGE PLACE

REV’S REFLECTIONS: A STRANGE PLACE

A few weeks ago, I announced my retirement. Since that time, I have found myself living in a strange space. It is the land of the already and the not yet.  I am attending meetings where we are making plans. It is the key for successful ministry. The strange part…   Read More »

REV’S REFLECTIONS: LET’S GET UNCOMFORTABLE

REV’S REFLECTIONS: LET’S GET UNCOMFORTABLE

Jodi Picoult’s novel, Small Great Things, is about race. Picoult confesses, “I didn’t write this novel because I thought it would be fun or easy.  I wrote it because I believed it was the right thing to do, and because the things that make us most uncomfortable…   Read More »

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