May 21, 2020

Dear Death,

I never wanted to see your face. For many years I was spared the agony of your presence. I guess I got too comfortable, too complacent. 

I knew about you and what you were capable of, but I had not yet met you intimately. From what I'd seen, you were always b...

April 21, 2020

When I was growing up, Anger became my friend. Anger and I would secretly hang out together. Anger showed me how to take out my frustration by punching walls and punishing my body. Anger protected me from being hurt by my dad by building up a wall of hate. Anger introd...

December 25, 2018

My wife Jen loves Christmas. Our Christmas tree is usually setup well in advance of December 25th (no later than Thanksgiving), and a steady stream of Christmas movies are playing at any given time (Miracle on 34th Street, the new version, is on right now). Some years...

March 30, 2018

Everyone’s complicit at the cross.

By complicit, I don’t just mean in a general everyone-has-sinned-and-fallen-short-of-the-glory kind of way, although that is true too.

I mean, the cross reveals the specific ways that we, as individuals and as a society, are complicit i...

January 11, 2018

Why the book of Nehemiah is no justification for Trump's border wall. 

 photo credit: Mike Blake (Reuters)

We are not far into 2018 and there is already heated conversation happening around the country regarding the construction of a border wall.

Not only that, there are...

December 29, 2017

The Chicago neighborhood of North Lawndale has a rich history, a vibrant community, and a lot of exciting new neighborhood initiatives. So much more is happening in North Lawndale than what is often portrayed in the media. Here are 10 hidden gems for those who may not...

August 10, 2017

The Center for Inclusivity made a call for people of faith and conscience to join them at the Pride parade in Chicago to counter-protest the hateful religious extremists who show up each year. The goal was to #makelovelouder, a tongue and cheek way to elevate love for...

March 6, 2017

After hearing about Trump's visit to the National Museum of African American History and Culture and visiting the museum myself a few days later, I wondered how someone could see all the things I saw there and still support some of the policies and positions the new ad...

July 21, 2016

If Trump is good at anything, it’s building a brand. What Trump has done over the last year or so has been building a different kind of brand you might call: Trumpism.

Trumpism is a new brand of American racism. It is a new iteration of the same old American racism tha...

June 2, 2016




On June 3rd, thousands of socially conscious Christian young people will descend on Chicago to talk justice.


The Justice Conference is an annual event created for Christ-followers to gather, engage with, and better understand how to address major justice issues (ac...

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