BBQ Dynasty


I haven’t publicly commented on the Phil Robertson controversy these past few weeks. I’ve never watched an episode of Duck Dynasty, so I don’t have much context other than what I’ve seen in news reports. Honestly, I think the whole thing was a publicity stunt intended to stir up old culture war conflicts. Based on […]

Church is a Tool, But For What Purpose?

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I’m past the half way mark of the DMin class I’m taking with Lillian Daniel this week on “Why Church Matters in a Culture of Narcissism.” While I’m still not sure that we’ve articulated an answer to the question of why church should matter to those who would prefer “spiritual but not religious,” some thoughts […]

Seeing Salvation


“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 […]

A Never Ending Vision


Text for this reflection: Daniel 8 Reflection “How long will this vision last?” For anyone reading through apocalyptic literature like Daniel, writings full of strange and elaborate visions like this one, the question posed in Daniel 8:13 might strike close to home. Yet what I find most intriguing is not the question but the answer. […]

Living in the City


My family really enjoys living in Chicago. This is a great city with a lot to offer. I’ve lived here longer than I’ve lived anywhere else in my life, which is a funny feeling. It sure seems that we’re establishing roots here. But living in Chicago—especially when you’re raising a family—isn’t always easy. Costs of […]