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Good Friday, Bad Monday

Good Friday, Bad Monday

I grew up attending an annual Good Friday service at my family’s home church. My first, childish impression was that Good Friday was one time that church was scary. It took me a number of years of nervously sitting through these dark, contemplative services to understand the deeper…   Read More »

A Tradition Unlike Any Other

A Tradition Unlike Any Other

Jim Nantz’s voice gets a lot of air time during March and April. Jim and his soothing baritone voice famously head up the broadcast team for CBS Sports, which covers the March Madness of the NCAA basketball tournaments and The Masters golf tournament from August, Georgia. Jim begins…   Read More »

Practice Makes Imperfect

Practice Makes Imperfect

There any number of things that I practice every day: I put in at least a few minutes of drills on the piano and play at least a little bit of Mozart. I vocalize to keep up the high notes of my tenor range. I pick up a golf club at some point each evening and try to rehearse a proper…   Read More »

Seatbelts, Security & You

Seatbelts, Security & You

If you were at church last weekend, you may have noticed a security guard in the lobby watching over the numerous people moving in and out and through various parts of the church. Who would have thought that we actually needed an armed security guard to make sure that we could worship…   Read More »

On A Wim

On A Wim

In last week’s sermon text, Luke 4:1-13, we read that Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, entered the Wilderness to fast for forty days. Here Jesus encountered the devil who was eager to test, tempt, and thwart the Son of God as Jesus began his work as the Messiah. Jesus was tested…   Read More »

Explore God Chicago

Explore God Chicago

Explore God Chicago is complete. By the time it was done, over 950 churches across Chicagoland participated in this initiative centered on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It was exciting to know that the “Big C” Church of Jesus came together to enter into a conversation around the…   Read More »

Change of Seasons (Sorry, it’s not Spring)

Change of Seasons (Sorry, it’s not Spring)

It’s officially March today, and my inner timekeeper is shouting at me that it’s time for a change of seasons. As I look at the long range forecast for Chicagoland, however, it’s clear that winter will be lingering and spring delayed. Be that as it may, the church…   Read More »

The Church is Offensive

The Church is Offensive

As the Christian Church, we are called by Jesus himself to be on the offensive. According to Matthew 16:18, the gates of hell will not prevail against us. It is not the powers of hell that are storming the front doors of the church, rather, it is the power of the Kingdom of God manifest in…   Read More »

What’s Your Bush?

What’s Your Bush?

Most of us have read or heard the story of Moses. Run out of Egypt as a murderer, he ends up tending sheep in the wilderness for 40 years. This was probably not the dream Moses had for his life. Probably not where he saw himself ending up when he grew up in the Pharaoh's house in…   Read More »

Snow Day

Snow Day

Nature’s power was on full display for much of this week in North America. While I prefer to witness God’s grandeur in the form of a horizon full of mountains or the powerful lolling of ocean waves, experiencing temp’s of -24 Fahrenheit with a mind-and-body-numbing wind…   Read More »

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