Ducks in Motion

This weekend we saw Buffleheads and Golden Eyes at Independence Grove… We really enjoy the Fall migrations. [Read more...]

First Advent Candle

Here is a liturgy for the first candle: Today we light the first candle of the Advent wreath. This is the candle of HOPE. With Christians around the world, we use this light to help us prepare our hearts and minds for the coming of God’s Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. May we receive God’s [Read More...]

First Sunday of Advent

Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings

Chicago’s Buckingham Fountain [Read more...]

Friday is for Friends

The first section of chp 7 in Kathleen Norris’  Acedia & Me: A Marriage, Monks, and a Writer’s Life is relentlessly profound. Today I want to clip a few lines of hers about human nature and apathy (acedia) and ask for your response. “If the Church has made too much of the sin of pride, [Read More...]

Blue Parakeet Passages in the Bible

Since I was a high schooler I’ve been bugged by what is commonly called “pick and choose” when it comes to the Bible. 30 years later convinces me that (1) we all do this and (2) we need to talk about something underneath it all: HOW we pick and choose. I believe that Christians have [Read More...]

Do you Moleskine?

A few years ago I discovered the ruled Moleskine:  Moleskine Ruled Notebook Large and Moleskine Ruled Notebook Pocket . They have a cool elastic string that keeps it closed and a fantastic pocket at the back for storage. For two years I have kept all my notes and sermon outlines in such a notebook, and [Read More...]

Update on Laura

We have just heard that Laura’s surgery went well … we are thankful and she likely will be coming home this morning.  Thank you for your prayers. [Read more...]

Jesus Creed Thanksgiving

It is Thanksgiving in the USA, a day we set aside to be with family and to give thanks to God for our blessings. We are thankful for health and provisions … and we are deeply aware that our country has taken some serious economic downturns of late. And that means moms and dads and [Read More...]

The Mission of God: Student Opinion

I wrote on this blog long ago that I was going to try using Chris Wright’s The Mission of God in my Introduction to the Bible class this semester; it’s a bit hefty for first-year students but this letter confirms that it was a good choice. I am thankful today for my students.Hey Professor McKnight, [Read More...]


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