Archive for July 2012

“She’s my daughter”

An amazing metaphor for prayer: I heard an interview on the radio this weekend, with a woman named Anita de Wit. She told the story of helping her daughter, Angelique, leave behind prostitution in Amsterdam’s red light district. At one point, Anita talked about how important it was, through the whole process, to leave open [...]

Praying Angry

I got angry in church this Sunday while praying the pastoral prayer. I wrote a new one for this Sunday, addressing the Aurora shootings. And, to be honest, I felt a little guilty taking such significant note of this violence in a suburban Chicago congregation when, truth be told, we barely care that over 250 [...]

Strangers and Aliens

Psalm 146 Hebrews 11:13-16 July 1, 2012 Park Ridge Community Church, Park Ridge, IL It’s a basic human question: In whom do you trust? Before we know how to string that sentence together, before we can speak, it’s one of the questions we have to answer: What makes you feel safe? Where do you place [...]