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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Prophetic Preaching with Rev. Jeremiah Wright

Feb 26

Tattoos and Theological Education: In Common Cause to Change the World

Last night I attended a high school fair that featured non-traditional educational opportunities for high school graduates. I was intrigued by how many of the organizations’ reps, the ones standing next to the colorful tablecloths loaded with brochures, signup sheets and candy, had come to their work through some deep encounter with engagement in the …

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Feb 23

The Wilderness and the Borderlands: 1st Week of Lent

Each one of the synoptic Gospels chronicles the story of Jesus being led by the Spirit into the wilderness.  Following his baptism by John, Jesus steals away to the wilderness, not for meaningless solitude but to prepare himself for the task set before him. Jesus will bring in the Kingdom or reign of God, but …

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Feb 20

Steppes to Seminary: Gina Sterk’s Faith Journey in Mongolia

Last year, I found myself in an unknown place with a job I was unqualified for. My task in Mongolia was to teach English, with little experience and no training, to students who were nearly my age. It was the most challenging, yet incredible, experience of my life. Before going to Mongolia, I had begun …

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Feb 18

The Wilderness and The Borderlands: Ash Wednesday

2 Corinthians 6: 3-10 3 We are putting no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, 4 but as servants of God we have commended ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, 5 beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; 6 by purity, knowledge, …

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