Seeing Salvation

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“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 baby Jesus […]

Youth Violence in Chicago

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 problem of […]

Mission: 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 these other cities and […]

First Principles and Like-Mindedness

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 like in our contexts. […]

The Ground of Unity

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, a frequent commenter (and member of my congregation), took issue with […]