Preparing for Pentecost 2

When God’s mighty Spirit comes upon us we will be awakened in our love for God. In many ways, then, the ancient Shema of Israel, found in Deut 6:4-5, points us toward Pentecost. The summons God gave Israel was to love God with every facet of our being, or what a friend of mine called [Read More...]

Keys of the Kingdom 57

We look today at three kingdom references (Luke 17:20, 20, 21) that are, in my estimation, some of the most misconstrued texts in Jesus’ kingdom message. Here they are in context: [Read more...]

Reforming 3

Two streams flow into Evangelicalism today according to Roger Olson in his fine new study, Reformed and Always Reforming. Here are the two streams, and they derive also from the fine studies of Mark Noll, the Dean of American Church history and evangelicalism:Pietism and Puritanism. [Read more...]

Smells and Bells

There is a tension in many of us — I call it the “Willo-palian” problem. What is it? The yearning for many of us low church types to experience a liturgical life. Many of us are not willing to go the whole way to shift into the Episcopalian Church, or (even further) move into Orthodoxy [Read More...]

Preparing for Pentecost 1

We now enter into Easter season as we prepare for Pentecost. To prepare us for Pentecost, I want to devote a spot on this blog each day on weekdays to 40 Days Living the Jesus Creed. [Read more...]

Keys of the Kingdom 56

We are now heading around the corner into the homestretch in this series on kingdom. There are 85 discrete references to kingdom in the Synoptics and we have examined 73 of them. We are now at #74 and I anticipate 6 more posts on kingdom — which will go on simultaneously with our “Preparing for [Read More...]


O God, who for our redemption gave your only-begotten Son to the death of the cross, and by his glorious resurrection delivered us from the power of our enemy: Grant us so to die daily to sin, that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his resurrection; through Jesus Christ your Son [Read More...]

Now Brewing: The Ugly Mug Cafe

I am now brewing, as a gift from Billy Kangas (one of our readers), from the Ugly Mug Cafe, a coffee called Ill Dorado. Fantastic stuff. I now have it up there with Intelligentsia, Chestnut Hill Coffee Company, and Doubleshot. There is a rich crema, a smooth taste, and an aroma that fills the kitchen. [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings

St Patrick’s Day in Chicago, NCAA tournament, and pastoral ministry: [Read more...]

Holy Saturday

O God, Creator of heaven and earth: Grant that, as the crucified body of your dear Son was laid in the tomb and rested on this holy Sabbath, so we may await with him the coming of the third day, and rise with him to newness of life; who now lives and reigns with you [Read More...]