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 [...]

Love your neighbor, Part 2

By |2018-03-02T16:45:30-06:00September 18th, 2012|

What does it mean to love my neighbor? Some of my neighbors live on a tree-lined suburban street. Others live elsewhere: in slums, small villages, brothels or sweat shops. How do I love those neighbors? [...]

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 [...]

Sanctified shopping

By |2018-03-02T19:02:34-06:00October 23rd, 2009|

Most of us love to shop, especially when we find unique or unusual items. But sometimes, purusing the clearance rack at Target, I have to wonder--who made these pants? Did this t-shirt come from a [...]

Punishing the victim

By |2009-10-13T13:25:06-05:00October 13th, 2009|

Interesting front page article in the Chicago Tribune today about a woman who was evicted after she called the police to report that her live-in boyfriend had threatened her with a gun. The woman was [...]

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