Meetings, Schmeetings!

Don Johnson, erstwhile pastor in Minneapolis and now in Santa Barbara, connects us to this NY Times article on meetings. How about you, what do you think of meetings? Part of the problem at such meetings is that the leader has not set clear objectives or an agenda, and didn’t assign pre-meeting preparation tasks. Instead, [Read More…]

Midday Bible Study: Gospel 57

It may be Inauguration Day, but it’s also gospel/Bible study day! IIn Paul’s second letter to Timothy, chapter one, he says this: 8 So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God, 9 who has saved [Read More…]

Illinois is Proud, America is Proud

We in Illinois are proud today; we in the USA are proud today. The Emancipation Proclamation of Abraham Lincolon, an Illinoisan, has taken a new step forward that Lincoln never imagined. Our attention today is on another Illinoisan, someone upon whom Lincoln looks with pride, the 44th President, Barack Obama, an African American, who — [Read More…]

Would Jesus Cancel Class for the Inauguration?

What do you think? Would Jesus cancel class for the Inauguration? [Read more…]

Our President’s Letter to his Daughters

Perhaps you’ve already seen this now public letter from our President-Elect to his daughters. Dear Malia and Sasha, I know that you’ve both had a lot of fun these last two years on the campaign trail, going to picnics and parades and state fairs, eating all sorts of junk food your mother and I probably [Read More…]

Midday Bible Study: Gospel 56

Paul’s Pastoral letters, those written to Timothy and Titus, contain references to the word “gospel” and we want to dip into 1 Timothy 1 today: 8 We know that the law is good if one uses it properly. 9 We also know that law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly [Read More…]

Providential Accident?

Is it perhaps a providential accident that today is Martin Luther King Jr Day, the man who decades ago dreamed of the day that will happen tomorrow? My favorite collection of Martin Luther Kings wriitngs is A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr. . Here is his famous [Read More…]

Loosening the Grip 10

This post is by Mary Veeneman, professor of theology at North Park University. In the speech he gave the night before he was assassinated, Martin Luther King, Jr. said these words: “Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn’t matter with me now, because I’ve [Read More…]

Obamas attend church today

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Willow and Racial Reconciliation

Bill Hybels is committed to racial reconcilation. Not only are we seeing this commitment in the rise of the so-called minority population at Willow (up to 20%), but we are seeing it in his annual dedication of Martin Luther King Jr weekend to a service about racial reconciliation. This weekend Richard Allen Farmer, a pastor, [Read More…]