This will be the final letter I write to you as a Chicago pastor and planter.
Hello, Friends. If you are taking the time to read this post, I assume you have enjoyed some level of friendship with Elizabeth and me. You probably either spend time in our home on a regular basis, or we've experienced the joy of serving you or with you during the last 20 years of ministry,... Continue Reading →
We all know that when we are faced with a decision between right or wrong, we first weigh our choices between the punishment we’ll receive or the joy we’ll experience when doing the wrong thing. It’s not a matter of what is right and what is wrong for us. It’s a matter of what actions will bring us the most joy.
Will disobeying the word of the Lord lead to any significant consequence?
About three weeks ago, while I was off the grid for a few days in the hills of Kentucky, a contingency of white nationalist, neo-Nazi and Ku Klux Klan members were marching across the campus of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville chanting phrases of white supremacy and carrying lit torches in their hands. I... Continue Reading →
As the tears spilled hot down my face, and onto my wife’s bare shoulder, it was not clear to me the source of my deep-hearted and unstoppable emotion. Was it the squirming, gasping-for-the-first-breaths-of-life baby boy that had just been thrust to her breast by our team of midwives? Or was it the almost immediate dissolve... Continue Reading →
The following post is a rough transcript of a sermon that I recently shared with my Legacy Christian Fellowship family at the Humboldt Park house church on December 20, 2015. Joy, Love and Peace When Jesus is Absent and the World is Hostile John 16:16-33 What do I have to celebrate this Christmas when my loved... Continue Reading →
Sure, pray for us, Rev! Pray me and my boys don’t get shot out here! He couldn’t have been older than 18 or 20. Bright eyes, tall and muscular with dark skin, and a large grin, but a nervous look behind it. Knowing the stats, the fact he needed protection from violence did not surprise... Continue Reading →