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February 19, 2018

In the second half of our recent trip to Africa it seemed like we were in the middle of nowhere. The first half included a few days in Zimbabwe and Botswana to visit Victoria Falls and a game reserve and seeing one hundred elephants! Then there was South Africa with beautiful Cape Town, Robben Island and the inspiring story of Nelson Mandela, penguins, the southwest tip of the continent,...

February 19, 2018

After being in the Namibian desert last month, I am drawn to desert spirituality. I have known of the desert fathers and mothers of early Christian monasticism, and I occasionally read one of their brief sayings, but otherwise have paid little attention.

Yet while we are consumed with self-image and self-actualization, these desert monks found life-giving freedom in the desert that they ex...

February 8, 2018

‘Tis the season . . . to be sick! Is it a fever or a cold? I’m sure you’ve had those conversations. Over the years I’ve started popping Airborne or Zicam at the first sign of a sore throat, cold, or the onset of feeling sick. Maybe your remedy is a Neti pot, decongestants, vitamin C, zinc, the list goes on. An acupuncturist suggested something called Cold Quell to me, and I’m now all abou...

February 3, 2018

The State of the Union address. The State of the State address. The Golden Globe and Grammy awards and Oscar nominations. The Super Bowl is this weekend. It’s that time of year when accomplishments of 2017 are acknowledged and celebrated.

Here is my congregation's full-color Annual Report with pictures and infographics, celebrating the high points of 2017.

For fun, here are my own CRAIGGY A...

February 3, 2018

I am still processing my recent trip to Africa. There is the contrast of frigid winter temperatures in Chicago with several days in the Namibian desert with temperatures in the upper 90s. The apartheid narrative and the issue of race offered much fodder for reflection. Wildlife (over 30 animal species counted; of course, elephants, giraffes, and zebras), natural beauty (desert, dunes, the...

February 3, 2018

The disciples are in for quite a journey. Jesus calls them to follow him and to fish for people. And there is a sense of urgency. Everything happens quickly in Mark. He uses the word “immediately” 27 times in his gospel.

Did you notice how the disciples drop everything to follow Jesus? And what do they leave behind? They leave their fishing nets behind. And James and John leave their dad Z...

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