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Invitations for Lent

The Season of Lent is almost upon us. It begins next week on “Ash Wednesday” and continues for 40 days through Holy Week in early April, all the way to Easter Sunday morning. The church has long observed this spiritual season in order to refocus our vision on Jesus himself, to…   Read More »

I’m Listening

At the ripe old age of 74, it sometimes feels like I have seen it all (my grandkids wonder if I had a pet dinosaur when I was little!). Then I experience or read or hear about something new or something old from a new point of view. I should be used to it, but then I remember what we…   Read More »

Tuff Stuff

This Sunday, Pastor Gregg will begin our three-week “Tough Stuff” sermon series. Each week, he will preach on issues surrounding the dignity of life, gender and sexuality, and politics.  In many ways, I’m excited: I LOVE hearing or reading topics that spark deeper…   Read More »

The Sun’ll Come Out Tomorrow…

When the winter weather gets a little dreary — for instance, during the midst of the least sunny stretch of weeks that Chicago has seen in decades —I instinctively fight back. One of my tricks is to imagine a little girl, down on her luck, optimistically belting out these…   Read More »

Super Sunday

Sunday, February 2 is going to be as action packed as a day can be. Some of this activity will be generated by great things at Elmhurst CRC. Some of it is happening in the wider world. Here’s a possible itinerary for the day: 7:26 a.m. The sun will rise over Gobbler’s Knob,…   Read More »

Whale of a Time

When modern people encounter the story of Jonah, an inevitable question follows:  “Did he or didn’t he really get swallowed by a fish?” At Elmhurst CRC, we’ve been diving into the short, winsome book of Jonah this January (aka Jonahuary). I’ve heard some…   Read More »

Better Than A Resolution

One of my favorite pastors, Nicky Gumbel, serves a congregation called Holy Trinity Brompton on the west side of London. Nicky is a member of a neighborhood gym where he plays squash with a group of friends. As the year turned, Nicky observed that his gym was moving in a load of extra…   Read More »

The Shortest Day of the Year

This Saturday, December 21st, will be the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. As the sunlight hours wane in November and December, I feel a similar movement in my bones: energy, patience, and pep diminish with the daylight.  Because of this, as I’ve written…   Read More »

Cardinal in a Coal Mine

As the heart of winter nears, we human beings are alone among all God’s creatures in how busy we try to be. Bears hibernate. Squirrels hunker down in their nests with their horde of oak nuts. We humans work overtime and schedule exams. No wonder we can feel a little stressed out this…   Read More »

I’ve Got An Idea

“I’ve got an idea…”  That’s a phrase I like to use when I’ve had a breakthrough. Perhaps you’ve used it triumphantly while solving a particularly vexing problem or when writing a speech or mulling over the perfect Christmas gift for your…   Read More »

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