Apr 18

Prisons: New Realities, New Missions

On April 16 and 17, McCormick, LSTC, and CTU hosted the annual World Mission Institute, with a special focus on ending mass incarceration.  We heard from Dr. James Logan and engaged in workshops led by ministers and organizations around Chicago devoted to prison reform and restorative justice.  Explore the conversations we had! View the story …

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Apr 07

The Wilderness and the Borderlands: Easter

I am writing this on the edge of Lake Michigan. With the water waving gently, the seagulls chirping joyfully, and the wind breezed; I think about the resurrection. The resurrection of Jesus Christ as attested to by the Scripture. As a Christian, I know the significance of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. However, as international …

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Apr 03

The Wilderness and the Borderlands: Good Friday

From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lemasabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”). When some of those standing there heard this, they said, “He’s calling Elijah.” Immediately one of them ran and got …

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Apr 02

The Wilderness and the Borderlands: Maundy Thursday

After he took a cup, and he has given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink it, all of you.” (Matt 26:27 ESV) When I think of Jesus I see a man at the center of a table. He is surrounded by the women, men, and children he loves. There is food at the …

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Mar 31

The Wilderness and the Borderlands: 6th Week of Lent

This morning, as I read my daily on-line New York Times, I came across a short video titled “A conversation with my black son”; in it, a number of black men and women talked about the TALK that each of them has had with their sons (or had with their fathers) regarding behavior around the …

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Mar 24

The Wilderness and the Borderlands: 5th Week of Lent

Eternal hope from the borderlands – Jeremiah 29:1-14 From the start of the Cuban Revolution, thousands upon thousands began fleeing Cuba much in the same way you’d flee a dangerous category 5 hurricane.  In 1971, my family was one of those thousands that fled, making that gut wrenching decision to abandon their native lands, say …

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Mar 17

The Wilderness and the Borderlands: 4th Week of Lent

“I Thirst” (John 19:28) Jesus has no taste in his mouth, even though another Old Testament scripture is fulfilled here. Psalm 69:21, “a plea for God’s deliverance and lament about the physical and emotional distress and the persecution of others,” captures Jesus’ desperation on the cross. Soldiers, who represent the oppression of the government, are …

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Mar 13

From Brazil to McCormick: Dr. Cláudio Carvalhaes

To say that Dr. Cláudio Carvalhaes is a very interesting individual with a rich and varied past is a major understatement. As a young boy, he earned money shining shoes in his native Brazil. Today he’s McCormick’s Assistant Professor of Preaching and Worship He experienced a very unique journey from Brazil to Chicago and the …

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Mar 09

The Wilderness and the Borderlands: 3rd Week of Lent

“Come.” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Matthew 14:29 One day early in November 2014 Nik Wallenda, a seventh generation aerialist, walked out in the …

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Mar 01

The Wilderness and the Borderlands: 2nd Week of Lent

Guiding Scriptures: Romans 4:13-25; Mark 8:31-38 The Wilderness we enter during Lent is a choice.  We can choose to mindfully engage in the Lenten Wilderness by fasting from daily satisfactions be that food, behavior or activity.  We can also enter the Lenten Wilderness by taking on practices such as daily journaling, acts of service, or …

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