Weekend Update

On Sunday I’ll be preaching both services at Fox Valley Church in West Dundee, IL; then holding a two-hour workshop in the afternoon for the church as well. Look what you all have done! Don’t forget to DONATE to this important bridge building work of The Marin Foundation! Here is the breakdown thus far (of which [Read More...]

Prayers Needed

This morning I was reading the paper on the way to work and the cover story was about the heroin problem emerging on the West Side of Chicago. You can read it here. Towards the end I read the following at it broke my heart into pieces: “The Rev. Walter Arthur McCray, 58, who has [Read More...]

Gold Medal Winner Ties to Me

Just a fun piece of randomness that is totally exaggerated in the title, but recent Men’s Figure Skating Gold Medal winner Evan Lysacek graduated from Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, IL – the same high school my dad works at; and the rival high school to Waubonsie Valley High School where I attended. Go Evan! [Read More...]

Last Day of a lot of Things

I woke up today realizing that today is the last day of the decade. Hello Captain Obvious! 10 years ago this day I just completed my first semester in college and my best friends had yet to ‘come out’ to me. Wow. I was quite the unsuspecting homophobe at that moment.  Who would have thought [Read More...]

Grizwald, I mean Marin, Family Christmas Tree

Each year since knowing Brenda, I have to join in their family tradition of cutting down the family Christmas tree. Seriously! I’m not lying. It’s my own yearly version of living out finding the Grizwald Family Christmas Tree! Enjoy the video. Here’s the best part – when Brenda and I have a family she wants [Read More...]

I’ve been Birthed

My present to myself today, on this day that I was born 29 years ago at 8:56am, is a song that always makes me smile and helps me remember God’s glory in each and every day. I’m so thankful for so many of you – all of your love, support and in this medium of [Read More...]

America Gives!

Among a number of folks writing on their Facebook and Twitter accounts, here are a few folks that I know of who have written blog posts about trying to help The Marin Foundation, because they believe in our work so much: Adam McLane Tim Schraeder Matt Nightingale If you know of others, feel free to [Read More...]

Soul City Church

This post is officially letting everyone know that Soul City Church is going to be Brenda and I’s new church home come Spring 2010. First off, I have been going to First Evangelical Free Church for the past five years—and I’ve loved it. The senior pastor, Bill Shereos, has become not only a good friend [Read More...]

Blog Ranking Verification

Sorry … this code is to verify my blog for future blog rankings on Technorati. 8YBA6SM5NUXC Much love. www.themarinfoundation.org [Read more...]

Buy My Condo

Brenda and I have officially put our condo up for sale. We’re hopefully starting a family soon, and need a bigger space than this wonderful, corner unit 1 bedroom that I have lived in for the last 6 years. Here is a description: “Quiet, tree lined street. Bright corner unit in the coveted ’08 tier [Read More...]

With Love, From Brian McLaren

I love Brian McLaren (above you will find a recent video of him leaving a note to pastors). Over the past few years Brian has been such a champion of The Marin Foundation’s work. He continually puts the Foundation’s work, and my book, in front of as many people as he possibly can (media and [Read More...]

Part 1: I’m Straight, My Parents are Gay

The posts throughout the weekend are the life story of Mike Filicicchia. I first met Mike through his comments on my blog, and his story is something that needs to be heard. Mike is straight. His parents are not. Here is Mike’s blog, and from my experiences with him he has shown me that he is [Read More...]

Reason No Olympics in Chicago

I’ll be honest, I totally thought Chicago was going to get the Olympics. Maybe it was my own bloated perception of Chicago being the greatest city on the face of the earth (yes, I am bias about that), or maybe it was because the untouchable Obama, Oprah and Daley threw their full weight behind the bid, but [Read More...]

I Need a Title!

Please help me pick a ‘working title’ for my second book! Let me explain … What is a ‘working title’? It’s a title that the author picks for their book until the official title is cemented. There are many times however, when the working title ends up being the official title. What is your second book about?My [Read More...]


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