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Energy Part II

Energy Part II

Where do get our energy? Where do we get our spiritual energy? Last time I wrote about how Holy Dissatisfaction is used by God to energize us on a daily basis. Holy dissatisfaction is a powerful source of energy; it burns fast and hot. It’s the equivalent of a sugar cookie or candy…   Read More »

Energy

Energy

Where do you get your energy? What motivates you get up and face the day? At a basic biological level, our metabolic energy comes from food, water, oxygen in the air we breathe and the sun. Thankfully, the days are growing longer, brighter, and sunnier (despite all the recent rain!) as we…   Read More »

Signs of Life

Signs of Life

Spring is my favorite time of year. I love walking around the neighborhood and being surprised by the daily changes of new life blossoming from the trees and flowering from the ground. Simply the deep green color of newly mown April grass is enough to make me happy, but there’s so…   Read More »

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 »

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