An arresting thought

"Some things are worth losing for." I was driving, listening to a podcast (my current preferred in-car entertainment) when I heard that statement. It was arresting. Almost literally. I was so struck by that thought that I had to pull over to process it for a moment. "Some things are worth losing for." Ta-Nehisi Coates, …

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‘Delightfully Stranger Things’: a sermon on Acts 12

Now that I have my sermons in a more easily-uploadable format (Thanks, Reid!), I figured they would become regular content here. [checks date on most recent post] Oops. Clearly, it is sermon time again. We're in the midst of a series on Acts of the Apostles. We're basically looking at one chapter per week. Below …

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This made my week

In a recent note to the families involved in the youth ministries at the church I serve, I wrote this about Church Conference: Church Conference is the United Methodist term for what other denominations might call its Annual Business Meeting, or what a corporation might call its Annual Shareholders meeting, or what a leading tech …

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‘I’m embarrassed…’

One recent morning at the gym I go to, the group present for class included a guy whom I hadn't met yet. I'm still fairly new to this gym, so I didn't really think anything of it. There are any number of members there I have yet to meet. After the class, as we were …

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Celebrating Sabbath

Note: Celebrating Sabbath is my attempt to begin the week with a reminder of our true identity: whose we are and who we are called to be. Let's reboot this series with the verses I've said should be our first responder, our top go-to text, our  new leadoff hitter: Acts 10:34-35 Peter: 34 It is clear to …

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Standing Rock Reservation visited Woodridge, IL

Last summer, Woodridge UMC youth and leaders (including me) traveled to McLaughlin, South Dakota, in the middle of the Standing Rock Reservation. That was usual, commonplace, expected. We take a trip like that every year. What none of us predicted was how significantly we would be impacted by that trip. The second night we began …

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Money wins, natch

Over two weeks ago (which I'm pretty sure makes it about 100 in blog years), Tim Swanson wrote an interesting retrospective on "Boyz N the Hood" which appeared in the Chicago Tribune. (Weirdly, it doesn't seem to exist on the Tribune website.) What I found most interesting was this paragraph, which was the third-to-last one …

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Finding a new leadoff hitter

During our worship services this Easter Sunday, I got to read the lesson from Acts 10. I added a little prologue because the prescribed reading from the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) begins in the middle of the story. It's a story that's too good, too important to skip over. In fact, I argue that it …

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