The Power of Story

By |2018-03-02T16:29:57-06:00March 18th, 2016|

My work has always been about telling stories. As a newspaper reporter fresh out of college, I gathered and wrote the stories of people and organizations in the Chicago suburbs: politicians, businesspeople, ordinary citizens who [...]

Turning our faith into hope

By |2018-03-02T16:34:14-06:00April 22nd, 2015|

Last Sunday, walking into church, I noticed a couple of temporary pens in the front yard, where goats and sheep, bunnies and chickens, and more than a few children, milled about. Huh, I thought. That’s [...]

A new look at stress relief…

By |2018-03-02T18:58:45-06:00January 16th, 2012|

Girls need pampering now and then. Most of us include a few girly maintenance/stress-relievers in our budget: pedicures, manicures, massage, a bit of retail therapy. I live a stressful life, in my opinion. My job [...]

Seeing (and loving) the invisible

By |2018-03-02T18:59:44-06:00October 12th, 2011|

If you don’t know the suburbs, they can look homogenous, a never ending landscape of tract houses and strip malls. But behind what was designed to be safe and middle class and predictable is an [...]

Run the good race

By |2018-03-02T18:59:47-06:00October 7th, 2011|

On my 17-year-old daughter’s bedroom mirror, written in dry erase marker, I read, “Now that I have seen, I am responsible. Faith without deeds is dead.” She posted this reminder when she returned from a [...]

Loving mercy

By |2011-07-26T13:28:49-05:00July 26th, 2011|

If someone wrongs you, the Bible clearly tells us: show mercy to them. Last week, during mid-week worship, we prayed the Lord's Prayer. Even though we used the version that says "forgive us our debts.." [...]

Living a missional life

By |2018-03-02T19:00:49-06:00March 30th, 2011|

I haven't posted for a few days because I've been enjoying having my daughter back home. She's quite jet-lagged and experiencing a bit of what I call "culture dissonance," but home. She had a marvelous [...]

Radio listeners could win a book!

By |2018-03-02T19:02:28-06:00November 25th, 2009|

Those of you who heard me on Midday Connection yesterday (Moody Radio) and wrote in asking about the free books:  you've been entered in our drawing to win a copy of Simple Compassion. I always [...]

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