“Now, master, let your servant go in peace according to your word, because my eyes have seen your salvation. You prepared this salvation in the presence of all peoples. It’s a light for revelation to the Gentiles and a glory for your people Israel.” (Luke 2:29-32) What do you think Simeon saw in … Read more about Seeing Salvation
On Monday, the fifth and final young man to be sentenced in the brutal killing of high school student Derrion Albert was sentenced to 32 years in prison. Two years ago, the beating death of Albert, filmed on a cell phone and seen around the world, drew national and international attention to the … Read more about Youth Violence in Chicago
Jerusalem. Detroit. Belfast. These are the major cities I visited during my summer travels---and there were plenty of smaller and equally important cities and towns in between. One of my takeaways from this summer of travel is a desire to know as much (and more) about Chicago as I learned about … Read more about Mission: Chicago
I'm in Sterling, VA (just outside of Washington, DC) for a new church development training conference. I'm here with a group of leaders from the Presbytery of Chicago, not necessarily because we have a plan for new church development, but because we are discerning a vision for what this might look … Read more about First Principles and Like-Mindedness
A few days ago, I wrote about contextual, occasional, and provisional theology. An important element of that perspective is an openness to theological diversity. I suggested that instead of a "Constantinian obsession with uniformity" we should embrace the theological diversity of the church. Jeff, … Read more about The Ground of Unity
Moving on from thoughts about NEXT, this is a thought generated at NEXT. As part of our work with the Middle Governing Bodies Commission, Tod Bolsinger and I offered a listening session for conference participants to talk about MGB issues. This is part of our commission's mandate to listen to what … Read more about From Where Does Passion for Mission Come?